Good scientific practice and ombuds services
The Leibniz Association committed itself to the Leibniz Code for Good Research Practice in 2021 and sets out additional standards of good scientific practice, definitions of misconduct and the role of the association’s Ombuds Committee in its Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice, last updated in 2019.
In view of the tensions that can exist between the opportunities presented by scientific freedom and the risks of research results being misused, research always needs an ethically responsible balancing of interests. In this area, the Leibniz Association is guided by the Rules of Procedure for Research Ethics, which were revised in 2022.
Several Leibniz Institutes, especially those in the field of life sciences, rely on animal experiments for their work. The scientists take their responsibility for the welfare of the animals entrusted to them very seriously. The Leibniz Association appointed an Executive Board Representative for Animal Protection Matters in 2014.
Guide for dealing with conflict and Advice Centre
The Leibniz Association has sophisticated responsiveness structures for dealing with issues of integrity and has established an external Advice Centre for conflict situations.