Research Ethics at the University of Turku

One of the main objectives of the University of Turku is to promote ethically conducted research that complies with the methods and principles accepted by the scientific community.

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

In all research, the dignity, privacy, self-determination, and other rights of the research subjects are respected. This limits what kind of scientific research can be conducted.

At 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.

On this page, you can find information on the criteria for research that is required to request ethical assessment, as well as the Ethics Committee's contact information.

The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity has compiled guidelines for Responsible conduct of research which gives a clear account on the principles of research ethics.

Research Integrity Advisors

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 (Leave of Absence until 31 July 2020), 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 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 staff can ask for their advice both as a precaution and when suspecting misconduct. 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.