Good scientific practice and ombudspersons
The Leibniz Association has established standards of good scientific practice, definitions of misconduct and the role and authority of the association’s central Ombuds Committee in its Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice. The guidelines also include the rules of procedure and the sanctions available within the central investigation process. The Leibniz institutions manage their procedures in accordance with the guidelines. Leibniz Headquarters provides support and promotes inter-institutional networking activities on this topic.
Decentralised ombudspersons of the member institutions
The scientists of each member institution hold a secret ballot to elect an ombudsperson as a point of contact for discrepancies, suspicions and matters of dispute, to investigate accusations of scientific misconduct based on the institution’s internal guidelines. If a decentralised ombudsperson decides that the accusations require further investigation, the case is passed to the central ombudsperson.
Central ombudspersons of the Leibniz Association
The central ombudsperson investigates accusations of scientific misconduct levelled against current and former employees of member institutions and, where necessary, sets up a committee of enquiry in accordance with the relevant guidelines. The central ombudsperson also advises the member institutions and their ombudspersons on all issues to safeguard scientific integrity.
The central ombudspersons of the Leibniz Association are proposed by the Executive Board and elected by the Senate for a term of three years. In July 2016, the Senate of the Leibniz Association approved the appointment of Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Georg Joost, the former Director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition, for a second term until April 2020. His deputy, as of April 2017, was Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (to January 31st 2020).
Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Georg Joost
German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), Potsdam-Rehbrücke