Research Ethics and Responsibility in the Social Sciences

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:00–14:00

Writing a statement on ethical considerations has become an integral part of drafting a research proposal in the social sciences. In their research practice, however, social scientists are confronted with questions of ethics and responsibility on a regular basis and long after a funding agency or the Directorate of Doctoral Studies has approved the research project. Some of these questions can hardly be anticipated beforehand; some require re-thinking certain methodological steps; and some simply point to the limits of ethical guidelines, forcing us to rethink the entire research endeavour or our position in the field.

In this half-day workshop, you will have the possibility to reflect your planned or ongoing research projects together with an expert and peers in a trustful environment. The trainer will outline major themes regarding research ethics in the social sciences and provide advice on addressing questions and problems related to your own research practice. Topics will include, but are not limited to, disclosure, informed consent, personal ethical responsibility, protection of interests and human dignity, privacy and data protection (including General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR), as well as authorship, representation, and participatory research.

Trainer: Assoc.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Maximilian Fochler, Department of Science and Technology Studies

Target group: Late doctoral candidates and early postdocs at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Venue: Conference Room of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG), Universitätsstraße 7, 6th floor, staircase III, room C628A

Registration via e-mail to until 20. December 2019 („first-come-first-served“, max. 12 participants)