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03/16/2023 - 03/17/2023 | Wuppertal

Governance in Scientific Organisations – A Constructive Approach to Conflicts and Accusations

Scientific governance has been a cutting-edge issue for some time now. It is the responsibility of any academic management to implement internal procedures which protect all members of scientific organisations against bullying and harassment and guarantee transparency and fairness to all parties involved. This conference will explore the factual implementation of these requirements.

Following the discourse at the Passau conference "Absender unbekannt. Wissenschaftliche Verfahren im Umgang mit anonymen Vorwürfen” (Sender unknown. Scientific procedures in dealing with anonymous accusations) [], which took place in March 2020, governance experts, responsible persons, scientists and those affected will discuss the issue and include different perspectives in the dialogue. It is the aim of the conference to find concrete and applicable solutions.
On the first day, we will learn about the challenges and problems that arise when establishing and implementing procedures at research organizations. We will discuss what consequences such implementations have for individuals and the system. We look forward to contributions from Professor Bernhard Kempen (DHV) and Professor Oliver Günther (HRK), Dr. Nicole Boivin, Michael Balter (independent journalist, former Paris correspondent for Science), Dr. Heide Ahrens (DFG) und Professor Thomas Krieg (Leopoldina). We eagerly await well-founded background information on the legal context from Professor Sascha Herms (HTW Berlin), as well as insights into internal procedures from Inge Bell (Bell Consulting), Professor Ursula Keller (ETH Zurich) and Professor Eric Steinhauser (spokesperson for the "Ombudsman for Science" panel).
On the second day, the focus will be on approaches to solutions and necessary changes. To this end, we will gain empirical insights into hierarchies in academia and external perspectives on governance in academia from Dr. Nicholas Russell (MPG), Thomas Sattelberger from politics, Hauke Paasch, CEO of the Vorwerk company from business and Kristin Haug (SPIEGEL) from the media perspective. We will discuss solutions and next steps with Dr. Norbert Sack (Leadership Advisors for Academia), Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisiegel (Univ. Göttingen) Alina Fahrenwaldt (MPG) and Professor Heinz Fehrenbach (AG Macht und Gender in der Wissenschaft).
The University of Wuppertal will host this conference and welcome scientists to the city where once the revolutionary entrepreneur Friedrich Engels was born and spent his youth and which is today the heart of the “Circular Valley”, a place for creative discussions and groundbreaking ideas.

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Conference fee: 35 €


03/16/2023 13:00 - 03/17/2023 13:00

Event venue:

Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Hörsaal 32
Gebäude K | Ebene 11 | Raum 23
Gaußstraße 20
42119 Wuppertal

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Journalists, Scientists and scholars

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Dr. Susanne Falk



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