Ethics and Scientific Communication Workshop

Friday June 26: Ethics in science

University of Lausanne (UNIL), Génopode building, room 2020 (2nd floor)
(9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)

Lazare Benaroyo, physician and philosopher, Faculty of biology and medicine and president of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Unit (Ethos), University of Lausanne.
Alain Kaufmann, sociologist and biologist, director, Science-Society Interface, University of Lausanne

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with a general introduction to ethics, particularly ethics of research. Ethics is understood as a tool for critical reflection on values and norms underlying actions, as well as “deontology” which frames good scientific practices.

This workshop should allow participants to focus on the ethical and social challenges of their field of research (conflict of norms, values and practices, among others between stakeholders and institutions) as well as on their researcher’s stance (scientific integrity, plagiarism, etc.).
In addition, it will provide participants with an overview of various institutional, national and international codes of ethics and guidelines.
Finally, participants will discuss and analyze case studies from their research practice in an interdisciplinary way in order to identify relevant ethical issues.

Some days before the workshop, a short questionnaire will be sent to the participants to document the ethical dimensions of their research field. Answers will be sent to everyone upstream the workshop in order to prepare the workshop discussions about case studies.

Saturday June 27: Presenting effectively your own research

University of Lausanne (UNIL), Génopode building, room 2020 (2nd floor)
(9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)

Siara Isaac, Teaching Support Centre, EPFL (

This participative workshop is designated to familiarise participants with the rigors of presenting research. The focus of this workshop is on effective oral and non-verbal communication, and will provide each participant with constructive feedback on their communication skills. We will also explore visual communication, feedback mechanisms for establishing rapport with the audience and how to prepare for questions from the audience.

Please prepare to give either a 5-minute presentation or a poster (the poster will have to be presented by you in few minutes) about your research work, or an aspect of your work. Do take time to prepare a presentation/poster that you feel reflects your best work, as this will result in you receiving the most valuable feedback. This means that despite the short time, you should seek to mimic the structure of a longer presentation, including a few words of introduction and conclusion.