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26.01.2018

Code of Ethics for Researchers

A Code of Ethics for Researchers is soon to be launched at the Annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The Code has been written by the WEF Young Scientist community for scientists and the general public with the aim of upholding good scientific research practice and ensuring trust in science and its process.  

The World Economic Forum Young Scientist Community is made up of 40 young scientists, selected for their outstanding contributions to scientific advancement.  Composed of individuals from all over the world and working in diverse scientific disciplines, the community is well positioned to unite on issues that affect the world as a whole and initiate global change. To this end, the Young Scientist Community has written a Code of Ethics for researchers in which they address what it takes to be an ethical scientist today and present the importance of contributing to a positive environment of research and trust therein around the globe. In initiating this change, individual scientists, working groups and institutions have a means to see through their responsibility of conducting robust, open research and engage with the public.

Maria Elena Torres-Padilla, director of the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, is a member of the Young Scientists Community and contributed to writing the Code of Ethics. She is also part of the Steering Committee. “The purpose of the code is to provide comprehensive but simple guidelines for both scientists and the public on how the scientific process can be made better” she explains “in addition to research ethics, the code also sets out guidelines for mentoring, public engagement and our responsibility as scientists to engage with decision makers.”

The full code of ethics can be read here.

Nature Editorial "A code of ethics to get scientists talking"