Responsible Conduct in Research and Innovation

UPC Doctoral School
Cross-Training Courses
(Research methodology)


Jordi Domingo-Pascual (Office: Campus Nord, D6-209)
Appointments via email


Related course: Ethics for Engineers, Researchers and Innovators


The planned schedule is a session per week (2 hours/week)

Schedule:    Monday, 11:00-13:00

Language:   English

Classroom: C6-E106

Dates:          October 2019 – January 2020

Course starts on October 21st

Estimated workload: 10 sessions (20 hours) plus recommended readings

Equivalence in credits: 2 ECTS

The number of attendees is limited to 40 (first come first served)


Registration is closed


Outline of the course

All human activities have implications on our society. Research activity not only does but also the overall research system is based on trust. Then, responsible research conduct is of outmost importance. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of the rules and professional practices that are considered as responsible conduct of research and engineering. Ph. D. students, post-doctoral researchers and everybody involved in research and innovation must know the principles and practices that define a responsible conduct and the ones that are not appropriate and are identified as misconduct.


Topics include:

Introduction on Responsible Research and Innovation

Research misconduct



Peer reviews

Conflicts of interest

Mentor/mentee relationship

Collaborative research

Presenting the results

Intellectual Property

Information Privacy



Warming up readings:

Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation Study Is Just the Latest Effort to Prod Users. MIT Technology Review. July 1st 2014

“How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science” by Randy Schekman. The Guardian. December 9th 2013

“How science goes wrong” The Economist. October 19th 2013