Research Principles and quality

Scientific integrity

We believe that scientific integrity is the backbone of research. Our researchers are trained to adhere to the highest standard of integrity.

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Open Science and its topics

Open Science refers to the global transition towards a new, more open and inclusive way of conducting, publishing and evaluating scientific research.

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Laboratory animal research

For some of our biological and medical research, experimental animal research is still indispensable or sometimes even required by law.

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Research quality

Assessing the quality requires a multidimensional perspective.

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Research quality

Assessing the quality of scientific research requires a multidimensional perspective. Our vision encompasses three dimensions that can be assessed within each area of research: rigor, relevance and originality.


  • Rigorous application of scientific, ethical, and legal standards that avoid biases or breaches of integrity at all stages of the scientific process from the conceptual framing, over study design and execution to data analysis and reporting are of utmost importance. Without proper execution, research will never make a significant impact.

    Rigor is more than craftmanship. It includes a connotation of thoroughness and persistence. Nowadays, methods of open science including pre-registration, code-, material- and data-sharing according to FAIR principles, are essential ingredients to foster transparency so that rigorous applications of scientific methods can be readily monitored.