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News and press releases from the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu.

A representative of the Centre for Ethics and the Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics at the University of Tartu visited the University of Konstanz in Germany.
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On 11 February, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science will be held for the second time in Estonia, initiated here by the University of Tartu and the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences.
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Professor Margit Sutrop, Head of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, took up her position as a member of the Parliament of Estonia last week, being a substitute member of the new government's Minister of Social Protection.

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The Digital Cleanup Week takes place at the university this week and all members of the university are invited to declutter their personal or their unit’s digital life to move in small but effective steps towards a greener university.
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On October 18, Prof. James E. Mahon will give a presentation “Kant and the Three Duties Not to Lie“ at the Department of Philosophy’s Intellectual History seminar.

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All interested parties are welcome to participate in the online round table "Responsible journalism in the age of isinformation", which will take place on Tuesday, September 14 from 12.30 to 14.00.

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The Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu started a new course “Research Ethics” at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in the spring semester of this academic year, in which first- and second-year doctoral students participate.

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University of Tartu Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy Kadri Simm participates in a new research project “ROSiE” of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, which focuses on the critical analysis of ethical, philosophical and interdisciplinary principles of Open Science.

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The research team at the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu (CEUT) will grow, and starting from March a Research Fellow in Ethics will start working at the centre.

At the meeting of the council of the Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics held on 15 February, Mari-Liisa Parder was elected Research Fellow in Ethics as of 01.03.2021. Her job includes participating in various research projects and research in research ethics and research integrity.

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On 21 January 2021, the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu (CEUT), in cooperation with TIMELEX (Brussels) lawyers, conducted training on research ethics and data protection for researchers of cybercrimes committed by young people.

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The Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics invites students from all University of Tartu masters’ programmes to participate in the online course “E-Health Opportunities & Challenges: IOT, AI and Ethics” (5 ECTS) to find out more about tech influence and challenges for eHealth sector.

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The University of Tartu Centre for Ethics and School of Law participate in a new research project of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, which studies the social and psychological aspects of cybercrimes committed by children and adolescents.

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In memoriam
Theda Rehbock (27.8.1957 Aurich-2.1.2021 Susimetsa, Pärnu County)

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Today, on 11th of March, an international scholarly conference begins at the University of Tartu, focusing on the philosophical analysis of disagreements. The conference also constitutes discussions with an international community of scholars of the results of a funded investigation led by Margit Sutrop, Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Tartu.

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At the beginning of April, research integrity counsellors started work at each faculty of the University of Tartu. They offer advice and support for university members who have questions about adhering to the principles of research integrity or suspect that research integrity has been violated.

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The Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu together with the ethics committees of Estonia's two largest hospitals, the North Estonia Medical Centre and the Tartu University Hospital, developed 12 recommendations for distribution of limited health care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On Friday, 20 March, at 14:00 there will be a video broadcast on the university website, where the rector and members of the Rector’s Office of the University of Tartu give an overview of the reorganisation of work at the university during the emergency situation, and answer questions sent by university members. 

In the broadcast, Rector Toomas Asser, Academic Secretary Tõnis Karki and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Aune Valk will speak about the new organisation of work.

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Estonian researchers are keen to improve their qualifications in the research integrity field and would like to see a publicly organised, harmonised and clear research integrity system in Estonia, revealed a recent survey initiated by the Estonian Research Council and conducted by the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) and the Centre for Ethics of the University of Tartu.

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Articles about informed consent and codes of ethics, written by junior research fellows and the head of Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu will be published in an upcoming Springer book “Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity“.

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Yesterday, on the 9th of December, Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu (CEUT) awarded quality badges to schools who do exemplary work with values education. Prof. Margit Sutrop, the head of CEUT, gave the highest recognition, the School of Values Education 2019 award to Võru Gymnasium and Võru Kesklinna Kool.

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