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Ethics Board

The Ethics Board (EK) of the Department of Psychology and Ergonomics (IPA) gives its opinion on the ethical justifiability of those research projects which involve human subjects. It is guided by the ethical guidelines of the DGPs and the BDP. The board is the oldest of its kind at the TU Berlin and has been founded by members of the IPA for members of the IPA.

  •     Who can submit applications?

Scientists employed by the Department of Psychology and Ergonomics (IPA) are eligible to apply, as are the scientists employed in the divisions ("Fachgebiete" or "Lehrstühle") of active EK members.


  • What is the procedure for the ethical evaluation of research projects?

The Ethics Board offers two different services to eligible applicants: The full proposal, which is reviewed by members of the EK, and a questionnaire for self-evaluation of own projects (without statement).

  • How can I become a new member of the IPA ethics board?

If you want to become an active member of the EK, please contact us (ethik(at)ipa.tu-berlin.de). Please do not apply for membership simultaneously to submitting an ethics proposal to the commitee, as that lets us assume you are under constraint to become an EK member.

Two options: External and self-evaluation of research projects

  • Full proposal

This option is usually preceded by a request from a research sponsor (e.g. DFG, VW Foundation, EU bodies) to provide a statement from the local ethics committee. It requires an extensive and detailed description of the planned research project in the form of a full proposal, including the complete submission of all materials containing information for test subjects (e.g. instructions, invitation texts and consent forms). The full application must be submitted to the Ethics Committee at an early stage, but at least 8 weeks before the start of data collection. In the positive case, the research ethical harmlessness will be confirmed in writing in the form of a statement.

The Ethics Committee reserves the right to refuse the review in case of lack of resources or competences or to refer the matter to other bodies. The Ethics Committee is expressly not responsible for clinical trials of medicinal products or medical devices. The evaluation of these studies is the sole responsibility of the Ethics Committee of the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LAGeSo).

More information on the full application

  • Questionnaire for self-evaluation

The self-evaluation based questionnaire is especially suitable for the unsolicited review of research projects (e.g. for seminar papers). This option offers the possibility to deal with basic ethical guidelines of the planned research project on the basis of the questions to be answered in self-evaluation. There is no further processing by the ethics committee. A written statement is not issued.

More information about the questionnaire for self-evaluation

Members of the ethics board

  • Dr. Stefan Brandenburg
  • M.Sc. Helene Cymek (currently paused)
  • Prof. Markus Feufel (chairman)
  • Prof. André Fiebig
  • Prof. Klaus Gramann
  • Prof. Michael Häfner
  • Dr. Maren Heibges (vice chairwoman)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Ekaterina Ivanova
  • Dr. Natalie Jankowski (currently paused)
  • M.Sc. Niklas von Kalckreuth
  • M.Sc. Marius Klug
  • Dipl.-Psych. Friederice Kuhn (currently paused)
  • Dr. Michael Minge 
  • Dr. Frauke Mörike (currently paused)
  • M.A., M.A. Cleopatra Christina Moshona
  • Dr. Janna Protzak (currently paused)
  • M. Sc. Max Riekeles
  • Prof. Matthias Rötting
  • Dr. Christine Schmid (currently paused)
  • Paul Schweidler
  • Prof. Dr. Bettina Wollensen




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