Leipzig University set up its Ethics Advisory Board to meet its responsibility for the consequences of academic research and findings. The Ethics Advisory Board can advise you as an academic on the ethical aspects of your research projects. The main focus is on externally funded research projects, commissioned research and development, and theses.

Information concerning the coronavirus outbreak: Researchers who conduct research with people have a particular responsibility to protect those people from avoidable risks of infection and to help protect vulnerable groups. Please consult our university’s current guidelines in order to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.

Application Process

The Ethics Committee Advisory Board takes action upon written request. Please submit the following documents:

  • The completed application form
  • A short project summary (no more than two to three pages)
  • A detailed description of the ethically relevant aspects of the project
  • If the project will involves the processing of personal data, records of processing activities pursuant to Article 30 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Application documents may be submitted in English. However, all documents relating to data protection should be presented in German. Please contact the Data Protection Officer before submitting an application. This is a precondition before a research project can be evaluated and an opinion issued by the Ethics Advisory Board.

We recommend submitting your application early. The Ethics Advisory Board normally issues an opinion within eight weeks of receiving the complete application. Detailed information on applying and how the Ethics Advisory Board works can be found in this guide (in German).

The Ethics Advisory Board can only issue an opinion if the research project has not yet begun.

Ethical aspects of medical research on humans are reviewed by the Ethics Committee at the Faculty of Medicine. Please contact it separately if necessary.

The next deadline for applications for evaluation of a research project and an opinion by the Ethics Advisory Board will be announced here in due course.

Members of the Ethics Advisory Board

Chairperson

  • Professor Anne Deiglmayr (Faculty of Education)


Deputy chairperson

  • Professor Julian Schmitz (Faculty of Life Sciences)


Members

  • Professor Anne-Marie Elbe (Faculty of Sport Science)
  • Dr Tobias Kasmann (Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy)
  • Professor Erich Schröger (Vice-Rector for Research and Junior Academics, Faculty of Life Sciences)


Deputy members

  • Professor Dorothee Alfermann (Faculty of Sport Science)
  • Professor Roderich Andres Barth (Faculty of Theology)
  • Junior Professor Robert Hepach (Faculty of Education)
  • Junior Professor Julia Moeller (Faculty of Education)
  • Professor Nikolaos Psarros (Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy)  


Guests

  • Professor Daniela Demko (Faculty of Law)
  • Thomas Braatz (Data Protection Officer)

Further Information

The German Research Foundation (DFG) and Leopoldina have jointly addressed the dichotomy between research freedom and research responsibility. On the issue of possible misuse of research results, they have published Recommendations for Handling Security-Relevant Research and created a Joint Committee as an advisory body.

With its recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice, the DFG has issued a set of guidelines for self-regulation that has met with a general consensus. At European level, the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity serves the research community as a framework for self-regulation in all academic disciplines and for all research institutions. In addition, an ethics self-assessment guide from the European Commission is available as an aid for completing applications under the Horizon 2020 programme.

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