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Good scientific practice

Scientific work is based on fundamental principles which are the same in all academic disciplines. The first principle amongst these is honesty towards oneself and others. The fundamental requirement for scientific work is the honesty of all researchers.

It is here that the University, as a place of research, teaching and support of early career researchers, has an institutional responsibility. In the light of these considerations, Heinrich Heine University is dedicated to the safeguarding of scientific quality standards, in particular integrity and accuracy in research, as a core responsibility of its members and affiliates.

The new Rules on the Principles for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice at Heinrich Heine University of 30th of October 2020 were published with a correction in the Official Notices of 2nd of November 2020. In addition to the codes of practice specified in the faculties’ doctoral and habilitation rules, the President’s Office of HHU has, with its directive of the 21st of July 2016, created a central framework for reporting structures with which to document suspected and actual cases of scientific misconduct as well as for disclosing such information to the University’s management.


Commission to ensure good Scientific Practice

Transparent and good scientific practice is essential for any university. By establishing this commission Heinrich Heine University has adopted suitable measures to prevent scientific misconduct and examine each and any reasonable suspicion of such.

For this purpose, a standing commission has been set up which officially looks into any such matters and reports directly to the President’s office. The procedure in front of the commission has no effect on other, legal procedures (e.g. academic, civil or criminal proceedings).

Dr. Christian Dumpitak
iGRAD - Interdisciplinary Graduate and Research Academy Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. Andreas Engelen
Chair of Business Administration: Management

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Melanie Fritsch
Institute of Media and Cultural Studies

Prof. Dr. Ursula Kessen
Graduate Center for Medicine

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Lothar Michael
Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Ritz-Timme
Institute of Forensic Medicine

Prof. Dr. Michael Schmitt
Institute of Physical Chemistry

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Susanne Keuneke
Institute for Communication and Media Sciences

apl. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Tagsold
Institut for Modern Japanese Studies

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Dr. Vera Göhre
Institute for Microbiology, Team RAB Attack

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eckart Zimmermann
Institute for Psychology, Perceptual Psychology

Faculty of Law

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Noack
Lehrstuhl für Bürgerliches Recht, Handles- u. Wirtschaftsrecht

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sophie Schönberger
Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Kunst- und Kulturrecht

Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hahn
Henkel-Endowed Chair of Sustainability Managemen

Univ.-Prof. Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch
Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)

Medical Faculty

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Charlotte von Gall
Institut für Anatomie II

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerd Geerling
Klinik für Augenheilkunde

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