A word from Catherine Tessier

Senior Scientist / Expert Engineer at the Systems and Data Processing Department, Research Integrity and Ethics Officer, ONERA

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You are the Research Integrity Officer at ONERA. How do you do your job?

I was nominated Research Integrity and Ethics Officer after being a member of a steering committee that led to the ONERA signing the French Charter for Research Integrity. I run half-day research integrity awareness sessions aimed at all staff members. Currently I am working to promote the use of laboratory notebooks and examining our internal procedures from the research integrity viewpoint. In terms of research ethics, thanks to my membership of ethical committees, I can offer an ethical viewpoint on projects submitted to the French National Research Agency or to Europe, and on internal projects. An “Integrity and Ethics” Intranet site has recently been made available.

And more widely within the network of officers (RESINT)?

I am a member of the working group looking at the relationship between the GDPR1 and research integrity. Moreover, convinced of the importance of training, I am contributing to the organisation of the first training seminar for officers, to be run jointly by RESINT and OFIS in June 2019, as well as the joint OFIS-RNCD2-RESINT working group relating to the training of PhD students but also of all those who contribute to research. 

In your opinion, what are the advantages of the collaboration between OFIS and the officers’ network?

The working groups show that the collaboration is effective and fruitful. This collaboration is fundamental so that national and even international orientations can be based on the correspondents’ field experience and vice-versa, so that the correspondents have guidelines that form a basis for what they do.

1 General Data Protection Regulation
2 National Network of Doctoral Colleges