Scientific integrity

The University of Rennes' scientific integrity advisors deal with any breaches of ethics that come to their attention. They ensure vigilance and prevention.
Gilles Salbert, actuel référent intégrité scientifique de l'Université de Rennes - Photo UR/DirCom/F.OBÉ

The component institutions of the University of Rennes have their own scientific integrity referent, whose contacts are as follows:

Additionally Gilles Salbert, professor of Biology, is the scientific integrity referent for the university's scientific perimeter.

Missions of the scientific integrity officer

Vigilance and prevention function

  • He ensures that the institution promotes and encourages respect for the principles of scientific integrity by all means.
  • He monitors the evolution of laws and regulations governing research practices and disseminates information within the institution.
  • He is the first point of contact for requests for information
  • He provides advice on compliance with the principles of scientific integrity concerning research and development activities.

Handling breaches of scientific integrity

  • He collects and investigates all allegations relating to alleged breaches of integrity, guaranteeing absolute confidentiality and the anonymity of the whistleblower.
  • If a breach is found, he shall refer the matter to the President of the University
  • It provides expertise in dealing with deficiencies reported to it as part of the investigation procedure it implements.
  • It may request the support of the mediator for all conflict situations
  • During the appraisal, he ensures that the institutions to which the persons involved are attached are represented
  • He transmits the final report on the collection of objective evidence to the President and possibly to the heads of the institutions concerned in the event of an allegation involving several institutions, while respecting the principle of confidentiality

Mission follow-up and reporting

The scientific integrity officer reports on his activities and draws up a confidential report each year for the president or director of the institution on all his activities and the situations encountered. On the proposal of this official, he may make a presentation to the institution's bodies.

Emergency or serious cases

The scientific integrity advisor is authorised to refer to the president or director of the institution any situation where the seriousness of the facts or the urgency of the situation requires a rapid decision and reaction; the same applies in the event of the application of paragraph 2 of article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

National network

The Scientific Integrity Officer participates in the national network of scientific integrity officers, which enables exchanges with other higher education and research institutions in France.