Ombudsperson of the office Dr. Reda Cimmperman participated in a plenary discussion organised by the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) of the European University Association in Poland

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Ethics and integrity in research and innovation are fundamental principles of science. In particular, they help to ensure the responsible pursuit of knowledge and innovation in research in science and research institutions. Technologies emerge faster than their ethical aspects can be assessed. In response to the question of whether new technologies affect the fundamental principles of research ethics and integrity, the session discussed how new technologies are changing the fundamental principles, organisation and moderation of academic ethics and integrity. In response to this question, the experts Reda Cimmperman (from Lithuania), Dorian Karatz (from Belgium), Dirk Lanzerath (from Germany), Pawel Łuków (from Poland) and Isabelle Wienand (from Switzerland) argued that ethics and integrity are important companions to responsible research and innovation. The principles and values of ethics and integrity need to be implemented in a variety of research and innovation contexts and to influence research and integrity policies. This is particularly relevant in interdisciplinary research and innovation involving researchers from different fields. Research ethics committees can serve as collaborative platforms for open interdisciplinary dialogue, and research ethics governance needs to be oriented towards the consideration of potential problems and move from a reactive to a more proactive mode.

The discussion is linked to the second priority of the EUA Research and Innovation Agenda 2027 “Fostering a strong, diverse and collaborative research and innovation culture”.