EUA Leadership Roundtable

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What impact do technological developments have on research integrity? How do ethical challenges in research affect university governance? In a context of accelerating technological and social changes, the timeliness of developing implementable, effective and sustainable research ethics and integrity (RE&I) policies is patent for university leaders. Therefore, the European University Association is hosting an online leadership roundtable on 31 May 2023 from 15:00-17:30, to:

  • Identify the RE&I challenges faced by universities and their leaders −including those related to new technologies, find sustainable solutions and foster peer-learning about issues in the field.
  • Explore the role of research ethics committees (RECs) from the perspective of university governance.
  • Discuss learning and training opportunities to develop and implement good practices at universities.

This event is open to university leaders from EUA member universities (rectors, vice-rectors, presidents, vice-presidents) who are willing to actively contribute to the exchange. To allow for interactive discussions, this event is limited to a maximum of 40 participants(maximum one representative per organisation). Selection will be made on a first come first served basis. 


EUA Irecs banner 1This EUA event is supported by the iRECS project, funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Horizon Europe. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Provisional programme: 

15.00-15.10: Opening remarks, Amanda Crowfoot, Secretary General of EUA

15.10-16.10: Panel discussion 

Senena Corbalán, Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Murcia, R&I Strategy Group Member at EUA
Andreas Zimmer, Vice-Rector for Research and Early-Career Researchers at the University of Bonn
Edwin C. Constable, Former Vice-Rector at the University of Basel, President of the Expert Group on Scientific Integrity at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Barry O’Sullivan, Professor at University College Cork, Vice Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on AI (2018-2020)

Chair: Alexander Hasgall, Head of EUA Council for Doctoral Education

16.10-16.20: The iRECS project and introduction to breakout sessionsDirk Lanzerath, Director of the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE), Secretary General of the European Network of Research Ethics Committees, Professor at the University of Bonn, i-RECs Project Coordinator

16:20-17:20: Breakout sessions: Participants will have the opportunity to exchange views and share experiences on current RE&I challenges related to digital technologies and bioethics. Cross-cutting aspects, such as the impact of public-private partnerships, distrust in science and the eroding authority of expertise on RE&I governance, will also be addressed. Then, they will explore how RE&I can be integrated into the governance of universities and tackled from a training perspective. Lastly, they will assess their experience with research ethics committees (RECs) and discuss the optimal level of specialisation for RECs.

17:20-17:30: Wrap up and final reflections

*All times are listed according to Central European Summer Time (CEST).

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