Science Europe

Working Group on Research Integrity

Research integrity is one of the priority policy areas in the Science Europe Roadmap. To pursue tangible results and enhance collaborative efforts in this area, Science Europe has set up a dedicated Working Group. The main aim of the group is to support the implementation of existing principles and codes, and contribute to the consolidation of a normative framework in practice in Europe.

The core principles of research integrity are honesty, accountability, fairness and good stewardship in all aspects of research. Guidelines for good research practice are derived from these principles and are aimed at preventing research misconduct.

Research misconduct can cover a broad spectrum of acts which can have potentially harmful effects beyond the sphere of science. Its most detrimental forms are fabrication, falsification and plagiarism. Other frequent forms of research misconduct include the misuse of research data, authorship-related misdemeanours, inadequate leadership and mentorship, and failure to adequately deal with alleged cases of research misconduct.

The Working Group has three main focuses:

  • Promoting research integrity;
  • Preventing misconduct, and
  • Increasing transparency when investigating cases of misconduct.

In their work, the group’s experts liaise with other relevant stakeholders in this field in Europe and globally. The Working Group’s activities build on and carry forward previous work conducted by relevant initiatives such as the ESF-ALLEA Forum (2008-2010) and the resulting European Code of Conduct.

Working Group Members





Austria Austrian Science Fund FWF Nicole Föger
Belgium Fund for Scientific Research F.R.S.-FNRS Arnaud Goolaerts
Belgium Research Foundation Flanders FWO Olivier Boehme
Bulgaria Bulgarian Academy of Sciences BAS Eugenia Stoimenova
Denmark Danish Councils for Independent Research DFF Mathias Willumsen
Estonia Estonian Research Council ETAg Kadri Mäger
France National Centre for Scientific Research CNRS Michèle Leduc
France Institute for Basic Research of
the Atomic Energy Commission
CEA Pierre Chagvardieff
France French National Institute of Health and Medical Research Inserm Michelle Hadchouel
France National Institute for Development IRD Marie Baudry Devaux
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Kirsten Hüttemann
Germany Max Planck Society MPG Thomas Dantes
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Maura Hiney
Italy National Research Council CNR Cinzia Caporale
Lithuania The Science Council of Lithuania LMT Edita Suzideliene
Luxembourg National Research Fund FNR Asaël Rouby
Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO Francien Petiet
Norway Research Council of Norway RCN Gro Helgesen
Poland National Science Centre NCN Laura Bandura-Morgan
Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology FCT Ana Sofia Carvalho
Slovakia Slovak Research and Development Agency APVV Adriána Liptáková
Spain Council for Scientific Research CSIC Maria Luisa Salas
Sweden Swedish Research Council VR
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Markus Röthlisberger
UK Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC Tony Peatfield
UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council BBSRC
UK Economic and Social Research Council ESRC
UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC
UK Medical Research Council MRC
UK Natural Environment Research Council NERC
UK Science and Technology Facilities Council STFC


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(5 July 2016) A new survey report has been released by Science Europe entitled ‘Research Integrity Practices in Science Europe Member Organisations'… read more