Professionalism and integrity in research

Professional skills courses

Course information

Number of sessions: 1
Hours per session: 6
Course fee:

  • This workshop is exclusively for PhD candidates of the Graduate School.
  • All Erasmus University PhD candidates are subject to the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice. In order to vow to comply with these principles PhD candidates are required to sign a declaration of scientific integrity. The declaration will be signed at the end of the workshop.


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)

You can only enrol for one edition of this course.

Edition 1

November 21 (Thursday) 2019
Van der Goot building (directions), room M1-09

Edition 2

March 19 (Thursday) 2020
Van der Goot building (directions), Room M3-05

Edition 3

May 14 (Thursday) 2020
Van der Goot building (directions), room M3-05


Academic researchers are frequently faced with dilemmas: Can I exclude particular observations from my research? Can I use exactly the same data set for multiple papers? Should I agree on a colleague being a co-author on a paper to which he/she has not made a significant contribution?

To help junior researchers address these issues, this workshop will seek to raise awareness for, and where necessary help increase, scientific professionalism and integrity.

Aims and working method

During the first part of the workshop, the instructor and junior researchers will, in two highly interactive lectures, discuss the context of the principles, values and rules as they apply to the fields of the social sciences and the humanities research in general, and to our university in particular.

The afternoon section is reserved for the EUR Dilemma Game, which includes in-depth discussions in smaller groups on particular dilemmas. Through the game researchers are invited to exchange opinions and experiences, and defend (and possibly reconsider) alternative courses of action regarding realistic dilemmas on professionalism and integrity in research.

The 75 dilemmas included in the game have been collected through sessions at different EUR departments and institutions, and among researchers that use different research strategies and are in different stages of their careers.

EUR declaration of scientific integrity

According to the Erasmus University Doctoral Regulations, all academic employees and PhD candidates of Erasmus need to sign an integrity code through which they vow to comply with the principles described in The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice (pdf). The academic integrity declaration will be signed by all participants at the end of the workshop.

Learning objectives

The workshop aims to support PhD candidates in further developing and honing their 'moral compass'.

How to prepare

In order to actively participate, participants are required to prepare an example from their research or supervision experience(s) which they felt compromised scientific integrity. You will discuss this further in class.

Participants also need to read the following literature in advance:

09:15-10:00        Welcome and introduction
10:00-10:30        Interactive lecture (part 1)
10:30-10:45        Coffee and tea break
10:45-11:15        Interactive lecture (part 2)
11:15-12:30        Sharing experiences from one’s own research environment
12:30-13:15        Lunch break
13:15-15:00        EUR Dilemma game: Exploring and discussing dilemma’s in small groups
15:00-15:30        Discussion on prevention: What, how, where?
15:30-15:45        EUR Declaration of scientific integrity: Q&A and signing

About the instructor

Suzanna (Sanne) Opree is an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Research Methods in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Suzanna has published refereed articles in journals such as Communication Research, Media Psychology, and Pediatrics. Her work has been recognized with best paper awards at the 2012 Child and Teen Consumption (CTC) and the 2014 and 2016 International Communication Association (ICA) conferences. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Baschwitz Young Scholar Award. Suzanna's teaching interests include quantitative research methods, global advertising, and consumer culture theory.