Research Ethics

Develop moral argumentation skills in relation to research ethics. This workshop aims to help develop your skills in identifying the ethical issues that play into research, and will familiarize you with a structured sequence for arriving at ethically sound decisions in all stages of research.

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Develop moral argumentation skills in relation to research ethics

Ethical dilemmas may arise in all stages of the research process, ranging from stating your research objective, through data collection and analysis, to reporting and publishing your findings. Based on real-life cases (including your own), (interactive) videos, ethical guidelines, and relevant articles, the objective of this workshop is not so much to teach you about the theory of ethics, but rather to provide you with a hands on approach to adequately resolving the ethical dilemmas that you are likely to come across during the course of your career as a scientist. Specifically, this workshop aims to help develop your skills in identifying the ethical issues that play into research, and will familiarize you with a structured sequence for arriving at ethically sound decisions. Finally, we will address the questions of whether and how to pick your battles and how to develop your moral courage on an ongoing basis.

Although the course will rely on supporting materials, such as ethics guidelines, and relevant articles from the extant literature, specific emphasis will be placed on the (anonymized) ethical issues that participants themselves have encountered. In doing so, the course seeks to cover a broad range of issues ranging from human subjects research (non-maleficence) to publication ethics and authorship credit. This course is aimed at active researchers (regardless of disciplinary background and career stage) who are committed to successfully navigating the ethical dilemmas they may encounter in their day to day activities.

Preparation needed:

In order to prepare for this course we ask participants to prepare 2 anonymous cases (using a structured format that will be announced prior to the course), a selection of which will serve as a basis for discussions during the online meetings. Preparations for the second online day include a brief presentation in which participants are asked to reflect on their identity and personal values vis-à-vis ethics in research.

Course Format: Live, Online

The course will be held on Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to the course at least one day before the start of the course.

About the Instructor

Dr. Stefan T. Mol is assistant professor in Organizational Behavior and Research Methods at the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches research methods, performance management, cross cultural management, social entrepreneurship, and business research ethics. He received his Master’s degree in psychology at the University of Amsterdam in 2000, and his PhD in psychology in 2007, at the Institute of Psychology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research collaborations have appeared in the Asian Journal of Social Psychology (2003), the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (2013), Human Performance (2009), IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (2015), the International Journal of Intercultural Relations (2005), the International Journal of Knowledge and Learning (2012), the International Journal of Selection and Assessment (2009), the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2005; 2016), the Journal of Global Mobility (2013), the Journal of Learning Analytics (2014; 2016), the Journal of Vocational behavior (2018), Organizational Research Methods (2018; 2018), and several handbooks. In addition, Stefan was involved in the EU-Funded Leonardo da Vinci Ontohr (see, Med-Assess (see and Ontotech (see projects. From 2013-2017 Stefan served on the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Eduworks (see a project aimed at the socio-economic and psychological dynamics of labour supply and demand matching processes at aggregated and disaggregated levels.

Additional information

Cancellation Policy

SciLink Foundation is looking forward to your attendance. We keep our classes to a limited size to maximise your learning potential. However, we also recognise that outside factors can affect your ability to participate in our courses.

To cancel your booking, our cancellation policy is outlined as follows:
– Cancellation within 14 days of registration – Full refund minus the booking fee
– Cancellation after 14 days of course commencement – No refund available

To cancel your booking, please contact our office via email at [email protected]. SciLink Foundation reserves the right to cancel courses based on minimum attendance requirements, or other unforeseen reasons (e.g. sickness of the instructor). In the unlikely event that we need to cancel an event, we will make every effort to support participants with information prior to the course commencement. Participants will have the choice between credit towards the next available course, or a full refund minus booking fees. SciLink Foundation accepts no liability for costs incurred, including but not limited to, accommodation expenses, travel expenses and travel insurances.

Event Details

Start time: 09:00 CEST

End time: 17:00 CEST

Venue: Online - Zoom