Deontology and ethics in science

november 25, 2005


Provide to participants the minimal "toolkit" necessary to handle deontological and ethical issues in the practice of research. Introduce some "hot" science and society issues and some of the institutions in charge in Switzerland.


Alain Kaufmann, Science-society Interface, Université de Lausanne

Claude Joseph, Science-society Interface, Université de Lausanne and Fondation Science et Cité

Daniel Kraus, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and Institute for Health Law, Université de Neuchâtel

Ariane Willemsen, Swiss Ethics Committee on Non-Human Gene Technology EKAH, Bern


- Overview of existing deontology codes, recommendations and "good practices" for scientific research available at a national and international level.

- Introduction to some "hot" science and society topics: "risk society", risk assessment, risk management, risk perception, precautionary principle; Participatory Technology Assessment).

- Presentation of the institutions and actors in charge of promoting the dialogue between science and society in Switzerland (Swiss Ethics Committee on Non-Human Gene Technology, Fondation Science et Cité, TA-SWISS, Academies, etc.).

- Introduction to patenting and intellectual property rights.

The full programme will be sent to all registered participants.

general information

Dates: November 25, 2005

Schedule: 9.00 - 17.00

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Unimail, Chemistry building (G, "Institut de chimie"), room B1

Credit points: 0.5 (Scientific)

Evaluation: Active participation

Information: Please contact Alain Kaufmann or the  NCCR education officer Dr. Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses: NCCR Ph.D. participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) at the end of the terms with this form (document)  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier. No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


This course is open to all Ph.D. students, however priority is given to NCCR Plant Survival Graduate School participants. Postdocs and diploma students are welcome depending on availability.

Minimum number of participants: 10, maximum: 26. There are 6 places left.

Registration through the web only: registration

Deadline: November 21, 2005