Scientific integrity

Vigilance and prevention, handling of breaches: the scientific integrity officer assists the President of the Université de Rennes 1, to whom she is directly attached and who appointed her on the advice of the institution's research commission.
Nathalie Théret, actuelle (05.2019) référente intégrité scientifique de l'Université de Rennes 1 - Photo UR1/DirCom/F.OBÉ

The scientific integrity specialist for the Université de Rennes 1 is Nathalie Théret, Inserm research director at the Institut de recherche en santé, environnement, travail (Irset), where she co-directs the "Dynamique du Micro-Environnement et Cancer" team.

Missions

Vigilance and prevention function

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

Handling breaches of scientific integrity

  • She 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, she 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, she ensures that the institutions to which the persons involved are attached are represented
  • She 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 specialist is accountable for her activities and each year she draws up a confidential report for the President on all her activities and the situations encountered.

Emergency or serious cases

The scientific integrity advisor is authorised to refer to the President of the University of Rennes 1 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.