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The European University Association (EUA) will organise an online focus group on 13 November, to gather feedback from university actors on how to address ethical challenges in new technologies, in terms of training needs for research ethics committees. The event is part of the “Improving Research Ethics Expertise and Competencies to Ensure Reliability and Trust in Science” (iRECS) project.

Ethics in research constitutes a fundamental pillar for good science and it is an important element ensuring that the pursuit of knowledge and innovation is conducted responsibly inside universities. The way research and innovation are conducted is constantly evolving due to new emerging technologies, impacting the landscape of research ethics. This includes artificial intelligence (AI), extended reality, genome editing, and biobanking.

During this event, participants will receive a comprehensive briefing on the iRECS project and its recent developments, as well as an extensive overview of the draft recommendations on the training needs for research ethics committees in addressing those four technologies. This first part will be followed by a more interactive feedback-gathering session, during which participants will be asked to share their comments and engage in discussions regarding the proposed set of recommendations.

This event is open to university leaders, directors of research and innovation offices, members and chairs of research ethics committees, directors of doctoral schools, research ethics and integrity officers, research managers, open science delegates and researchers who are willing to actively contribute to this exchange and attend the entire focus group. To enable active participation, the number of available places is limited, and participants will be selected to ensure diversity in terms of geography, institutional profile, and professional background.

For questions, please send an e-mail to research@eua.eu.


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

  • Programme

    11.00 - 11.05
    Opening remarks
    11.05 - 11.15
    Presentation of the iRECS project

    by Dirk 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

    11.15 - 11.30
    Proposed recommendations to address ethical challenges in new technologies

    by Alexei Grinbaum and Etienne Aucouturier, CEA-Saclay

    11:30 - 11:45
    Reflections by

    • Filip Colson, Policy Advisor, Flemish Interuniversity Council VLIR
    • Senena Corbalán, Vice-Rector for Research, University of Murcia; R&I Strategy Group Member at EUA
    • Peter Hanenberg, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, Catholic University of Portugal; Steering Committee member at EUA-CDE

    11:45 - 12:25
    Feedback gathering with selected participants on draft recommendations
    12:25 - 12:30
    Wrap up and final reflections
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