University Committee for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice


In accordance with the Principles for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice all researchers employed at RWTH Aachen are required to:

  • work “lege artis,” that is, according to professional standards
  • document results and consistently question all results
  • ensure strict honesty with regards to contributions from partners, competitors, and predecessors
  • avoid and prevent scientific misconduct

RWTH Aachen investigates all concrete suspicions of scientific misconduct at RWTH Aachen. For this purpose, it has formed a committee to officially process and investigate any such claims. The committee is entitled to take any steps necessary to investigate the matter, including collecting personal testimonies and information from all members of the University and other individuals involved as well conduct oral inquiries. The Committee for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice reports to the Rector's Office about the results of its work and its recommendation. Based on the report and the committee's recommendation, the Rector's Office decides whether to terminate the investigation or whether scientific misconduct has been sufficiently proven. In case of the latter, the Rector's Office then determines the consequences.

The Rectorate has also appointed four independent ombuds, whom RWTH Aachen scientists can contact in cases of conflict and suspected scientific misconduct.

Members of the Committee for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice
Name Contact
University Instructors

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Dr. phil. Dominik Groß

Phone: +49 241 80 88095
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Bolm
Deputy Chair

Phone: +49 241 80 94675

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eike Stumpf Phone: +49 241 80 96800
Academic Staff
Dr.phil. Ute Müller Phone: +49 241 80 99597
Employees in Technology and Administration
Georg Grünheidt Phone: +49 241 80 96570
Lukas Joisten

The committee is supervised by Margareta Quadflieg, Department 1.0.