Research that builds trust

Humboldt Foundation President Helmut Schwarz underscores the important role of scholarly integrity.  

Integrity is not only the basis of all scientific research, it is also a fundamental prerequisite for ensuring public support for science and research, according to Helmut Schwarz, chemist and President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the chemist Joseph S. Francisco from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA) and the psychologist and Anneliese Maier Research Award winner Ulrike Hahn from Birkbeck College, London, in their editorial for the latest issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie. The three authors are members of the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

10th Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities on the subject of Scholarly Integrity (from left to right): Prof. Christine Mannhalter, Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (OeAWI), Prof. Yitzhak Apeloig, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Prof. Sarah Stroumsa, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Anna-Lena Scholz and Dr. Wolfgang Rohe from the Stiftung Mercator
10th Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities on the subject of Scholarly Integrity (from left to right): Prof. Christine Mannhalter, Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (OeAWI), Prof. Yitzhak Apeloig, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Prof. Sarah Stroumsa, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Anna-Lena Scholz, science journalist, and Dr. Wolfgang Rohe from the Stiftung Mercator (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/David Ausserhofer)

The International Advisory Board hosted the 10th Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities on the subject of Scholarly Integrity in November 2016. At this conference, the some 80 international guests from the science community, the science management field and the political sector discussed ways to foster a culture of scholarly integrity. Looking back at the discussions held during the forum, Francisco, Hahn and Schwarz emphasized in their editorial the importance of teaching young researchers in particular what scholarly integrity means and what responsibilities researchers have. Research institutes must, the authors noted, have processes in place that prevent breaches of scholarly integrity without overloading the system with too much bureaucracy.

The International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is an independent panel of international experts that advises the Foundation on strategy matters. The Board focuses on issues relating to the mobility of researchers and to internationalization. Its Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities provides a platform for discussing current research policy issues.

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