Good scientific practice

The Research Integrity Office deals with matters regarding good scientific practice and scientific misconduct. Scientific misconducts includes false statements, manipulation of data, data suppression, intellectual theft, plagiarism or impediment of research.

You can contact the ombudsperson if you have questions or issues for example during the qualification period. You can ask for adive in a particular matter without starting a formal procedure. In many cases this first conversation helps clarify the situation and prevents possible misconduct.

Science is the search for truth. It is characterised by the methodical process of intersubjectively understandable research and recognition that are substantially based on integrity and fairness. Both promote trust between researchers and make a creative and productive working relationship possible. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) defined the regulations, according to which the good scientific practice functions, in their Code of Conduct of July 2015.

Please approach the Research Integrity Office for an initial contact via e-mail. Your inquiries and indications on possible misconduct will be kept strictly confidential.

Research Integrity Office of Technical University of Munich
Projekt Manager Dipl. Geogr. Erika Schropp
Barerstr. 21, 80 333 München
3. Stock, Raum S 3516
+49 289 89 22078


Within the framework of self-control in science the ombudsperson gives counselling at TUM in matters of good scientific practice. He can be addressed by people who are active in research and especially by young scientists (students, doctoral candidates, post-doctoral candidates, research assistants, tenure track professors).

They treat all requests with strict confidentiality and

  • adivse on the rules of good scientific practice as well as in cases of conflict that particularly arise during the qualification period. At the request of the involved parties they work towards an amicable solution;
  • receive information on violations of good scientific practice and examine if they are justified. After adequate evaluation of the facts, possibilities for solving the conflict are explored. In doing so it is possible to clarify for example, in a meeting of all involved parties, whether and how a violation can be rectified.
  • initiate formal ombud proceedings if a violation of good scientific practice is suspected. 

The ombudsperson follows the rules defined in the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Academic Practice at TUM (Juli 2015).

He works independently and is not subject to directives. He regards himself an impartial body. If you contact the ombudsperson, strict confidentiality is expected of you as well. Anonymously submitted information will not be investigated.

Investigation committee

In case the evaluation of a possible case of noncompliance leads to a probable cause of scientific misconduct, the ombudsperson will set up an ad hoc investigation committee that clarifies the facts and takes a decision. If the suspicion is confirmed, the investigation committee evaluates appropriate sanctions. It also submits a final report and gives recommendations for further steps to the president of the TUM for decision.

In the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Academic Practice at TUM you will find a list of cases of scientific misconduct that make a set up of an ad hoc investigative committee necessary.