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Discussing Honesty, Diligence and Education. An Interview With Ulrike Beisiegel, President of Göttingen University and Former Chairperson of the Ombudsman for Science in Germany. Interview by Holger Breithaupt

Discussing Honesty, Diligence and Education. An Interview With Ulrike Beisiegel, President of Göttingen University and Former Chairperson of the Ombudsman for Science in Germany. Interview by Holger Breithaupt

Ulrike Beisiegel. EMBO Rep.

Abstract

Ulrike Beisiegel, the former ombudsman for science in Germany talks about the particular responsibility of scientists to tell the truth, and about how to prevent misconduct.

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Ulrike Beisiegel was born 1952 in Mühlheim/Ruhr (Germany) and studied biology in Münster and biochemistry in Marburg. In 1996, she received a tenured professorship at the University of Hamburg and was Director of the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University Medical Center in Hamburg-Eppendorf. In January 2011, she was appointed President of Göttingen University. From 2000 to 2005, Beisiegel was a member of the ombudsman at Hamburg University; from 2005 to 2010, she was speaker of the DFG ombudsman. She retired from this position when she moved to Göttingen; her successor in the ombudsman is Brigitte Jockusch at Braunschweig University. The German ombudsman for research was created in 1999 by the DFG; the bureau advises and negotiates, but it does not investigate misconduct cases itself, nor imposes sanctions.

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