Ethics charter

The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials and its individual members are guided by principles that serve as reference for ethical decision making. At the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials we:

  • Defend human rights and treat everyone fairly, with respect and dignity, preventing any kind of discrimination based on gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, age or other aspects
  • Comply with national and international laws, school and institutional rules, both in letter and spirit, and with the principles of social harmony and equality
  • Behave with independence, consistency, honesty, and transparency in all of our activities
  • Share responsibility with respect to the objects of study, the execution of the research, and the potential use of their findings
  • Teach with professionalism and base our relationship with students on mutual trust, respect and personal integrity
  • Carry out, document, and communicate research according to the highest international standards of quality and ethics
  • Avoid the use of animals in research wherever possible and comply with the Swiss animal testing protection laws
  • Do not carry out research that has the goal to produce results that can be harmful for humans, animals, plants or the environment
  • Make use of funds ethically and in a fully transparent manner
  • Do not accept funds from sources that could lead to situations in which any of the above guiding principles may be compromised