Published: 16.02.10

Expert report made public

ETH Zurich is publishing the expert report which was produced on behalf of the Executive Board and which deals with the circumstances surrounding a case of data manipulation that occurred around ten years ago in a group led by Professor Peter Chen.

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Due to a decision by the Federal Administrative Court  ETH Zurich is publishing, in anonymised form, the expert report concerning a case of data manipulation.
Due to a decision by the Federal Administrative Court ETH Zurich is publishing, in anonymised form, the expert report concerning a case of data manipulation. (large view)

For reasons of transparency, ETH Zurich had wanted to publish the expert report last autumn. A doctoral student who was involved prevented this by means of a complaint to the Federal Administrative Court. The Court has now ruled, in an initial decision taken at the end of December 2009, that ETH Zurich may in principle publish the export report but only in such an anonymised form “that no conclusions can be drawn about the dissertation or the identity of the complainant”. ETH Zurich is now conforming to this court order and is today publishing the report with parts blacked out accordingly. (report see below) Different colors have been used to make the parts blacked out easily readable. Blue = PhD Student, green = molecule 1, yellow = molecule 2, black = miscellaneous, red and grey = additional members of the research group.

ETH Zurich reported on the case of data manipulation in a press release dated 21 September 2009. As the then head of research in whose group certain data had been manipulated between 1999 and 2000, Professor Peter Chen accepted the consequences and, in September of last year, resigned from his position of Vice President Research and Corporate Relations.