Meet our new research representative at LUSEM!
Since 2019, there is an organization to promote research ethics and good research practice at Lund University. As part of this, the function of research representatives was established and each faculty is responsible for appointing research representatives. Jonas Helgertz is the new research representative at LUSEM. The research representative at LUSEM is available to all employees who need guidance on issues related to research ethics and good research practice.
The research representative at LUSEM is available to all employees who need guidance on issues related to research ethics and good research practice. But let Jonas himself answer three short questions about his new function and what he aims to achieve.
In short, what is a Research representative?
“The research representative monitors the development at different levels (e.g. the legal [national, EU] and research council level) when it comes to matters that relate to research ethics and good research practice more generally, but also when it comes to the researcher’s responsibility for example when it comes to how to handle research data. From this position, the research representative is able to discuss and offer advice on related matters with individual researchers,“ Jonas explains.
According to your opinion, why should a faculty have this representative?
“First of all, I think it is an important signal towards broader society as it indicates that these are important matters that are taken seriously. I also think that the research representative should help to raise awareness among researchers at the faculty of these issues, which I believe in itself reduces the risk of misconduct.“
What will be most important in your role as Research representative at LUSEM?
“I will attempt to reach out to researchers at all levels of seniority, aiming to increase the overall awareness concerning the range of issues concerning ethics, good research practice and the handling of data that one may encounter. I hope that emphasizing that these are issues that concern us all could foster more proactive discussions and actions taken across the departments at our faculty,“ Jonas concludes.