Essential Ethics in Science

The Essential Ethics in Science course is part of the Essential Short Course Series™ and is held over a period of a half day.

This course is intended for every researcher that wants to conduct their research in a responsible and ethical manner. Researchers will be exposed to the ethical aspects that are encountered in the research environment to prepare them to deal with these aspects in their specific research projects. The course is structured to emphasise and strengthen the ethical concepts that are essential in research. Delegates will learn that ethics is not an “option” – it is essential in research.

Course Programme

The concept of ethics

  • What is ethics?
  • Morality
  • Integrity
  • Ethics in research

Ethical principles

  • Autonomy
  • Beneficence
  • Non-maleficence
  • Justice

Code of conduct

  • The conduct of a scientist
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Confidentiality
  • Competence
  • Fabrication
  • Ethical misconduct

Conflict of interest (COI)

  • Real vs. perceived COI
  • Declaring COI

Ethics and your career

  • Responsibility
  • Choosing the ethical route

Ethics guidelines

  • The Belmont Report
  • The Helsinki Declaration
  • The Nuremberg Code
  • The Singapore Statement on Research Integrity
  • The MRC guidelines
  • King 3 Report

This is a preliminary programme and the sequence may change.

Comments of previous delegates on our Essential Ethics in Science short course:

“… presentation was truly inspirational. Thank you.”

“Excellent job by DNAbiotec in sensitising the future of Africa about things that matter”

“Very good and useful course that is changes the way one views life and all aspects. My life will hence forth be different.”

“I think that this is a phenomenal course”

“The course was eye opener, refreshing and an activator”

“This was really helpful in terms of realising our social responsibility as scientists”

“This was an eye opener and a huge responsibility and I thank … of DNAbiotec for making me realise that I can give back to my society even before I complete my studies””