Research Ethics

Ethical assessment has two purposes: it protects the research subjects and ensures the researcher’s legal protection. In addition, many publications and research sponsors require an ethical assessment before the research is commenced. Furthermore, it’s an important part in maintaining the public’s trust in scientific research and researchers.

In an ethical research, the dignity and rights of the research subjects are respected. This limits what kind of scientific research can be conducted.

In the University of Turku, ethical assessment is carried out if the research might cause injury to the human subjects. In medical research, ethical assessment has been in a prerequisite for the commencement of a research for a long time.

By following the navigation block on the left, you can find information on the criteria for research that is required to request ethical assessment and the procedure for contacting the Ethics Committee.

National Advisory Board on Research Ethics in Finland has compiled guidelines for Responsible conduct of research which gives a clear account on the principles of research ethics.

Research Integrity Advisors Offer Guidance and Information on Good Scientific Practice

The Research Integrity Advisors of the University of Turku offer confidential and impartial guidance for the University staff on different kinds of problematic situations related to research integrity. The staff can ask for their advice both as a precaution and when suspecting misconduct.

The Research Integrity Advisors of the University of Turku are Senior Researcher Marko Ahteensuu, Professor Jyrki Korkeila, Senior Adviser Hanna Lagström and Postdoctoral Researcher Helena Siipi. They offer confidential and impartial guidance for the University staff on different kinds of problematic situations related to research integrity. The staff can ask for their advice both as a precaution and when suspecting misconduct. The Research Integrity Advisors have been trained by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and they carry out the tasks in addition to their regular responsibilities.

The Research Integrity Advisors offer advice to researchers from all the faculties. You can meet them personally or contact them by email or phone. However, the first contact should be made by email.

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