Rules of Good Scientific Practice
According to the recommendations of the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice every publicly funded research institute has to appoint an ombudsperson:
"An independent, appropriately qualified person of considerable personal integrity should be elected from among the scientific staff at each institute or research establishment of the Max Planck Society to act as an ombudsperson in cases of conflict on matters of good scientific practice. It is the job of the ombudsperson in particular to be available to all concerned as a confidential advisor in cases where there is suspicion of a violation of the principles of good scientific practice..."
- adopted by the Senate of the Max Planck Society on 22 November 1974 with immediate effect -
Should it not be possible to resolve complaints or disputes at an institute, every employee is entitled to apply for mediation.
The Max Planck Society has adopted mediation guidelines that can be found here.