05 Apr 19 | News

Research Integrity: trust and ethics at the heart of the research process

LISER scientists empowered by the Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI) to become research integrity coaches

As a founding member of the Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI), LISER supports LARI’s mission in making Luxembourg’s young research environment a leader in research integrity. The promotion of research integrity is vital as it embodies the fundamental principles for conducting research in a responsible way. Together, LARI and LISER raise awareness for research integrity and good scientific practices.

Launched in 2016, LARI is a non-profit association (Asbl) which supports the research community in Luxembourg to produce high quality research outputs by conducting hands-on workshops, consultations and coaching.  Through such trainings as the CAPRI programme “Creative Approaches Promoting Research Integrity”, researchers learn of the informed consent process, as well as data collection, analysis, and reporting.  Through a scientific practice session, researchers learn the ‘do’s and don’ts’ from authorship agreements to GDPR basics.  LARI will also investigate cases of suspected scientific misconduct.

Headed by Secretary General Dr. Katrina Bramstedt, who joined LARI in September 2018, the bioethicist and former Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at Philips Research, brings 18 years of experience to the post. She has created and taught numerous courses in research integrity and bioethics, consulted on cases of misconduct, reviewed over 2200 research protocols, performed over 900 ethics consults, and authored 100+ peer-reviewed articles.

LARI has trained several LISER scientists as research coaches whose role is instrumental in facilitating research that is meaningful and has integrity. They help accomplish this by identifying roadblocks and looking for potential ethical issues in studies, to prevent dilemmas and mitigate risks. Reach out when you need them!

- Dr. Katrina Bramstedt, Secretary General of LARI

About LARI

LARI was created in 2016, is a joint venture between the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), the University of Luxembourg (, the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). The major goal of LARI is to promote Research Integrity in Luxembourg and to ensure an independent investigation of alleged cases of research misconduct.

Visit the LARI website to learn more or follow them on Twitter and Linkedin