What our alumni have to say
This training fits master students, senior researchers and everyone in between. It works for professionals, officials from funding agencies or research ethics committees and anyone else who needs to be aware of and handle research ethics in any form.
Stefan Eriksson is Associate Professor of Research Ethics and Senior Lecturer at CRB. As developer and teacher, this is what he has to say about the training:
"I want to help participants improve their own skills of reflection and analysis. I will also try to help you develop a readiness to assume responsibility and accountability for what happens in your research. I think that is how we help the scientific community protect research integrity in the long run"
Stefan Eriksson also runs the Swedish Research Council's website Codex with rules and guidelines for research.
And here is what some of our alumni have to say about it:
Michele Farisco, Uppsala University & Biogem Genetic Research Centre
– The topics are intriguing, and the literature is very rich and well integrated. I think the international atmosphere makes this course a valuable experience in itself.
I really appreciated both the contents and the methodology of the course. It is nice to interact with other people, and the lectures and discussions are well organized. Some of the tasks were a lot of fun, and I didn’t have time to get bored.
Sumytra Menon, National University of Singapore
– This course has a good combination of online lectures, online discussion with your fellow learners on topical issues, and face-to-face interaction during the e-meetings.
The course structure allows some flexibility to learn when convenient for you, although there are also deadlines, which is necessary to keep the course progressing, and I also think quite motivating.
Mirko Ancillotti, Uppsala University
– I think the literature is very interesting. The challenges permits the participants to elaborate and make it relevant for whatever they work with outside of the course.
All the material is available online. The course is very structured, but allows you to plan your time around other work. There is individual feedback on written assignments, and from fellow students in the discussion forum.
The discussion forum format allows all participants to express their thoughts. That isn’t always true in a class of 30 students.
I think meeting people with different roles in different organizations, from different countries, with different cultures, and different regulatory systems serves to show that at the end of the day: We are all just people. And as people, we need to be able to assume responsibility when we face research ethical dilemmas.
Hebatullah Morgan, American University in Cairo
– I think what makes this course beneficial and enjoyable is the way the material is presented and organized.The course content is helpful for scientists and researchers who would like to learn about the ethics of biological research. What also makes the course more interesting is the interaction between participants through the discussion forum, and how this discussion is organized so all participants can gain as much knowledge as possible.
Julia Inthorn, University Medical Center, Göttingen
– I enjoy the mixture of (meta-) ethical theory, discussing concrete values and thinking about the very hands-on problems that occur in all disciplines.
It is also good to learn about international regulations, and compare standard procedures with other students interculturally. I like the flexibility of the course and that I can easily work from home and integrate the tasks into my schedule.