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Training and raising awareness

Training and raising awareness

Since May 2015, all PhD students must take a course about scientific integrity and research ethics.

The MOOC program is offered by the Université de Lyon and focuses on research ethics. It is mainly for PhD students from all disciplines, but is also of interest to any researchers and the general public who would like to gain a better understanding of the current transformations and implications of research, and the new ethical issues they raise.

It involves and engages researchers who will analyze the ethical challenges in their area of research and the development of research organizations, and is divided into five modules:

  1. What is research ethics?
  2. Why is ethics part of science?
  3. Science, technology, innovation and democracy
  4. The responsibilities of researchers and institutions
  5. Conflicts of interest and value conflicts

This MOOC is also complementary to the one on scientific integrity at the Université de Bordeaux, which is also available on FUN-MOOC.

An enhanced version of the MOOC is also available for PhD students at the Université de Lyon.

Face-to-face workshops for PhD students

In light of profound changes in research, in the organizational structures of its institutions, its project practices, its professional identities, its infrastructures and its techno-scientific potential in a globalized world, more and more institutions are demanding a rational analysis of the ethical challenges involved in research projects.

These challenges go beyond regulatory compliance; they demand questioning and justification. This face-to-face PhD program (15 hours) aims to educate PhD students about approaches to embedded ethics, to support them with their thesis and to prepare them for submitting their research projects. The MOOC is, therefore, for PhD students wishing to deepen their analysis of the ethical challenges raised by their research to support them with the ethical review written as part of their paper.

The training program consists of workshops (5 x 3 hours) in which each PhD student will be required to present the ethical challenges involved in their own research project and discuss their thesis with the other PhD students. These workshops will end with a writing task that may be used as a paragraph in their thesis describing and analyzing the various ethical challenges in their work.