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Research Ombudsman

The Research Ombudsman, formerly referred to as the “Ombudsman of the DFG”, is an independent committee that provides assistance to all researchers in questions involving good scientific practice and scientific misconduct. The Research Ombudsman can be contacted directly, irrelevant of any connection to the DFG. This committee was established in 1999 by the DFG’s Senate in response to a recommendation by an international commission on professional self-regulation in science.

The DFG Senate changed the name of the committee in 2010 to reflect the clear differentiation between the Research Ombudsman and the DFG’s Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct. The goal is to provide more transparency and clarity regarding the committees’ distinct procedures.

Current members:

  • Herr Prof. Dr. Stephan Rixen, Bayreuth (Coordinator)

  • Frau Prof. Dr. Brigitte Jockusch, Braunschweig

  • Herr Prof. Joachim Heberle, Berlin

Additional Information

Further Information

Recommendations of the Commission on Professional Self Regulation in Science

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