Uni-Tübingen

Good Scientific Practice

As an international research university, the University of Tübingen expects its researchers to adhere to established standards of good scientific practice. Violations of these standards can not only destroy the reputation of the responsible researcher, but can also seriously damage the reputation of our university.

At the University of Tübingen, various confidential representatives and the Commission for the Investigation of Misconduct in Science are responsible for alleged violations of the rules of good scientific practice. Download list of confidential representatives and commission members (PDF in German)

Confidential representatives in accordance with Section 7 VerfO (Rules of Procedure)

Medicine

Regular confidential representatives
  • Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann
  • Prof. Dr. H. Peter Rodemann
Deputy confidential representatives
  • Prof. Dr. Marlies Knipper
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Renner

Sciences

Regular confidential representatives
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Oecking, Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)
  • TBC
Deputy confidential representatives
  • Prof. Dr. Doris Kunz, Department of Chemistry
  • Prof. Dr. Claus Zimmermann, Department of Physics

Humanities

Regular confidential representatives
  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Hirbodian, Department of History
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Pudelko, Department of Economics
Deputy confidential representatives
  • Prof. Dr. Valeria Merlo, Department of Economics
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Sattig, Department of Philosophy and Media

Period in office: March 17, 2020 to March 16, 2023

Members of the Commission for the Investigation of Misconduct in Science in accordance with Section 7 VerfO (Rules of Procedure)

Medicine

Regular member of the commission

Prof. Dr. Olga Garaschuk, Institute of Physiology

Deputy member of the commission

Prof. Dr. Diana Wolff, Center of Dentistry, Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Surgery

Sciences

Regular member of the commission

Prof. Dr. Lars Wesemann, Department of Chemistry

Deputy member of the commission

Prof. Dr. Felix Wichmann, Department of Computer Science

Humanities

Regular member of the commission

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Forster, Faculty of Law

Deputy member of the commission

Prof. Dr. Matthias Möhring-Hesse, Faculty of Catholic Theology

Academic employees

Regular member of the commission

PD Dr. Elisabeth Fuß, Department of Biology

Deputy member of the commission

Dr. Rolf Frankenberger, Department of Social Sciences

From outside the University

Regular member of the commission

Prof. Dr. Michael Schramm, University of Hohenheim

Deputy member of the commission

TBC

Period in office: March 17, 2020 to March 16, 2023

Animal testing requires particular sensitivity from researchers. Important information can be found in the Tübingen Principles of Animal Welfare and Animal Research.

The Ethics Commission at the Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital in Tübingen is responsible for medical research projects involving humans. Read more about the work of the Ethics Commission (in German).

The German Rectors' Conference (HRK), the German Research Foundation, the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), and the National Academy of Sciences and Humanities Leopoldina have expressed their views on good scientific practice and scientific misconduct in several position papers.

Academic misconduct

Please contact one of the confidential representatives if you are a member of the university and suspect or wish to report academic misconduct or violations of good scientific practice. The confidential representatives are sworn to absolute secrecy and are independent in the performance of their duties. The confidential representative in question will examine the significance of this suspicion of academic misconduct in detail with regard to the plausibility of these accusations. Justified cases will be passed on to the Commission for the Investigation of Misconduct in Science.

University of Tübingen Guidelines for Ensuring Good Scientific Practice

For details see the University of Tübingen's rules of procedure for dealing with academic misconduct (2018 version).

Attacks on researchers

The Faculties’ confidential representatives mentioned above are first and foremost there to address questions regarding good academic practice and issues of suspected academic misconduct.

Beyond that, cases may arise which are not necessarily covered by the University’s rules of procedure for dealing with misconduct in academia or by any other established procedures at the University. This includes attacks on academics, for example due to public statements or because of research and/or methods regarded as undesirable.

In such cases, University of Tübingen academics may contact their Faculty’s confidential representative. This is intended as an easy-access first stop within the affected academic’s respective field. In the case of serious attacks that may constitute a criminal offence (threat, insult, physical violence), the person concerned should also contact the police and inform the University President’s Office.

In addition, there is a Committee for Conflict Mediation at the University of Tübingen, which can be called upon primarily in the event of conflicts between employees or between employees and students of the University. The members of the committee provide advisory support to prevent conflicts or to defuse existing conflicts. Further information and contact details can be found on the website Conflict Mediation at the University of Tübingen.