Research Ethics in the context of Intelligent Decision Support, Autonomous Systems, and Bioinformatics will be discussed in an international workshop

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Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu is organizing an international workshop in co-operation with the Institute of Computer Science (University of Tartu) and professor Dietmar Pfahl. The workshop, which is taking place on 10th of May, discusses ethical questions in domains such as Intelligent Decision Support, Autonomous Systems, and Bioinformatics.

The workshop is a part of the H2020 project PRO-RES that focuses on non-medical fields. At this event it is aimed to discuss the role of researchers, research organizations, and funding organizations in promoting ethical research in such fields.

“At this event, stakeholders will exchange on this topic and address what works and what could be improved in conducting ethical research and ethically using research results in the mentioned fields,” explains Kristi Lõuk, project manager at the Centre for Ethics. The problems that this research community faces in science based policymaking (questions about privacy, conflict of interest etc.) are also discussed.

Many experts from Nordic and Baltic countries have been invited to participate in order to share their ideas. Stakeholders from University of Jyväskylä, Chalmers University, University of Bergen, TalTech, Estonian Genome Center, Archimedes, Lund University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Technical University of Denmark, University of Tartu and PRO-RES representatives are participating. This multi-stakeholder event has brought together high-level speakers, policymakers and experts from the research community

A consortium of 14 scientific institutions from ten countries coordinated by the ESF will undertake an extensive dialogue with relevant stakeholders with the aim to create an Oviedo or Helsinki type framework that could apply to the full range of non-medical sciences drawing upon previous foundational work funded by the EC, and other national and international agencies. Existing codes of conduct, guidelines and principles have been already gathered as a part of the project. Now it is necessary to consult with stakeholders to find common ground and assemble one widely applicable ethical framework for all non-medical fields.

The workshop on 10th of May is one out of eight organized during the project. The discussions held will feed into the work of conceptualizing the framework to be made as a result of PRO-RES. All results will be made public on the project home page for further discussion.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788352.

See also: Centre for Ethics shares good practises in creating codes of conducts in an inter-disciplinary project