Bringing ethics into research

Partners from all over the EU have joined forces to develop a framework that will help European research institutions to implement ethics in their research.

In the kick-off meeting for the ETHNA System project, the ten partners from eight countries met in Castellón to outline the first steps. ETHNA System aims to establish a management system of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within 6 European Higher Education, Funding and Research Centres: two universities, two research funding centers and two technology parks in Spain, Norway, Estonia, Bulgaria, Austria and Portugal. To do that, the consortium will implement Living Labs, an approach uniquely suited to identify approaches to successfully put ETHNA System into action.

“This project will allow us to work so that what is good can be real,” said project coordinator Elsa González from the Universidad Jaume I. “Our goal is to bring ethics from theory into practice.” The rector of the Universitat Jaume I, Eva Alcón, welcomed the partners in Castellón. “There are three years of hard work ahead of you, but also the challenge of making visible the importance of Human and Social Sciences in research and the transfer of knowledge to society,” she said.

The funding for the project comes from the EU’s Horizon 2020 call “Grounding RRI practices in research and innovation funding and performing organisations”.