Science is a key driver of progress and development for the well-being of people, society and the environment. In scientific research, integrity is a prime condition. It represents the basis of the credibility of science and also a justification for the demand for the independence of researchers. The University of Lausanne (UNIL) must ensure the integrity of its personnel. All UNIL employees and students involved with research should respect the general ethical principles:
- Contribute to society and to human well-being;
- Avoid harm;
- Be independent, honest, and trustworthy;
- Be fair and take action not to discriminate;
- Respect the work required to produce new ideas, inventions, creative works and artefacts;
- Respect privacy and honour confidentiality;
In order to ensure these principles are respected and to support and advice members of the faculty, personnel and students, the Faculty has elaborated two procedures that are further described here below.
Attestation of Ethical Compliance for Research with Human Subjects and/or Data Derived from Human Subjects
The former Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Business and Economics has been replaced with the Commission for Ethics in Research (CER-HEC). A more formalized and institutionalized structure, which became operational on 01.05.2022.
Area of activity
The CER-HEC can examine any project whose research subject concerns human beings and falls outside the scope of the federal law on research on human beings (LRH), or when an attestation of ethical compliance is requested by the researcher or student.
Projects falling within the scope of the LRH are those using personal health-related data, or collecting or using human biological material. These projects must be submitted directly to the state commission for ethics in research (CER-VD).
Where an attestation of institutional ethical conformity is required (e.g., by the funding body), the CER-HEC issues a notice and transfers the complete file to the UNIL Rectorate, through the Office of the Research Ethics Commission of UNIL (CER-UNIL). The same applies to projects with very complex ethical issues and implications.
The CER-HEC examines the ethical aspects of projects submitted to it by HEC researchers and issues certificates of ethical compliance.
Members of the CER-HEC
| Representantives of the faculty members
Prof. Rustamdjan Hakimov
Prof. Ulrich Hoffrage
Prof. Mathias Humbert
Prof. Franciska Krings
| Representantives of the intermediate body
Marc-Olivier Boldi (MER)
Liliane Keopraseuth (graduate assistant)
| Representantives of the Dean's Office
|| Carolyn Magnani (Substitute: Rafael Lalive)
| Representantives of the CER-HEC Office
|| Daniella Seguel Eduardo (Substitute: Giulia Svanascini)
Experiencing or Witnessing a Breach of Scientific Integrity
If you are a victim or witness of actions (or non-actions) that could constitute a breach of scientific integrity, you can report it to the Dean's Office of the Faculty by sending an email to the Vice-Dean for Research, Rafael Lalive (Rafael.Lalive@unil.ch).
If you have any questions, you can send an email either to the Vice-Dean for Research, or to the Research & Quality Office of the Faculty (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lecture open to all the doctoral programs
Title: Good Research Practices and Research Ethics (GRP)
Credits: 3 ECTS
Teacher: Prof. Mauro Cherubini
Content overview and approach
The course will tackle three main areas of the contemporary debate on research excellence: research ethics, scientific integrity, and reproducibility. One of the aims of the instructors is to show how these topics are tightly interlinked. Another objective of this course is to provide students with practical tools and strategies to prevent experimental design mistakes, improve their scientific rigor, and conduct reproducible research.
The course will be taught using contrasting case studies: each core topic of the course will be presented through two case studies that reveal different facets of the same topic. Students will be asked to study the case studies, and prepare summaries highlighting the major ethical issues identified that will be presented and discussed.
More information here