Good scientific practice
Science must be credible. Helmholtz has long been committed to ensuring good scientific practice. We are guided by the guidelines of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
With our recommendations, we want to ensure the quality of our scientific work, take responsibility for young researchers and prevent misconduct by researchers.
Our Research Centers act independently and implement the rules autonomously. In cases of conflict, the ombudspersons help on site.
Ombudspersons in the Helmholtz Centers
Central Ombudsperson of the Helmholtz Association
Contact person: Prof. Karin Lochte
Confidential contact by e-mail:
Confidential and anonymous contact by letter if needed:
Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V.
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Prof. Dr. Vera Schlindwein, firstname.lastname@example.org
German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)
German Cancer Research Centre in the Helmholtz Association (DKFZ)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
Dr. Sarah Jewell, email@example.com
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
Dr. Haik Simon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy
Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Helmholtz Center for Information Security - CISPA
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Helmholtz Center Hereon
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
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