Ethics and scientific integrity
The University of Liège promotes quality research and strongly affirms its desire to make every effort in guaranteeing the best practices of its researchers in terms of scientific ethics and integrity.
t specifically develops actions and activities in order to meet its objectives, and by integrating the national and international recommendations on the subject. To achieve this, it is developing:
- The training of researchers: it is vital for them to know, adhere to, promote, and encourage the recognised ethical practices and fundamental ethical principles in the various research domains, as well as the ethical standards supported by various national, sectoral, or institutional codes of ethics.
- The development of a respectful and honest supervision, conducive to a harmonious and confident personal development, especially during doctoral training
- Clear and transparent procedures for complaints, the analysis of malfunctions, and breaches of integrity
- The provision of tools and resourceful persons for information, opinions, advice (faculties and administration)
- Implementation of public debate and the exchange of best practices on issued related to ethics
Board of Ethics and Scientific Integrity
The Board of Directors of the University of Liège has adopted a procedure to follow in case of breach of integrity in research, and has constituted an ad hoc council. The implemented procedure aims to allow for the management of breaches in best practices related to scientific ethics and integrity as soon as they are, in essence, unacceptable and, furthermore, if they could interfere with the obtaining of scientific knowledge and its dissemination, and, finally, if they would risk damaging personal interests worthy of protection.
The proposed (confidential) procedure provides a successive and/or cumulative intervention by a member of the Board of Ethics and Scientific Integrity (C.E.I.S.), by the C.E.I.S. as a whole, by a Commission (ad hoc) responsible for establishing facts (C.C.E.F.), and by the Rector. These persons and bodies may bring in experts of their choosing.
The Board of Ethics and Scientific Integrity is composed of the following members:
- Rudi CLOOTS, Vice-Rector in charge of student life and building infrastructures, President of the C.E.I.S.
- Serge BREDART, Full-time Professor
- Florence CAEYMAEX, Head of Research FNRS
- Fabienne COLLETTE, Director of research, FNRS
- Pierre DRION, Full-time Professor, in his role of Secretary of the Ethics Commission for the Use of Animals at the University, Holder of the research ethics course - Faculty of Medicine (Biomedical Sc.)
- Vincent GEENEN, Director of research, FNRS, part-time professor
- Vincent SEUTIN, Full-time Professor
- Ezio TIRELLI, Full-time Professor
- Philippe VANDERBEMDEN, Full-time Professor
Furthermore, the C.E.I.S. may intervene, or be asked to intervene by any member of the university community, in any issue relating to ethics and scientific integrity. It can therefore formulate both institutional recommendations to the university authorities and provide specific advice to the parties involved in a case in point.