Visualisation of research ethics
Visualisation of research ethics


improving Research Ethics Expertise and Competencies to Ensure Reliability and Trust in Science
2021 until 2024
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iRECS, led by the University of Bonn and involving 18 European institutes, focuses on 'improving Research Ethics Expertise and Competences to Ensure Reliability and Trust in Science'. ISiS will be involved to ensure societal and policy uptake of the project’s results.

The research ethics process is facing increasing challenges at a global level: new and emerging technologies present challenges to ethics reviewers who may be unskilled in the relevant fields; increased internationalisation of research has led to fears of ethics dumping; and there is a lack of standardisation across Europe and the world. A key objective of national and EU research policy is to ensure compliance with the highest standards of research ethics. Given the impact of research on society, in terms of potential to generate innovative solutions to problems, and yet with the associated risk of harm, rigorous ethical research conduct is essential to ensure public trust in the scientific endeavour.

iRECS will address these problems in four ways. First, it will scan and map existing needs raised by new and emerging technologies in European and global research ethics communities. Second, it will produce and implement training materials for European and global audiences in research ethics communities. Third, it will conduct and permanently establish training programmes. Fourth, it will propose adaptations to the research ethics process in Europe.

Through a unique blend of expertise, global partners and the involvement of European research ethics networks as partners or members of the Stakeholder Advisory Board, iRECS will develop a fresh awareness of research ethics and sustainable, multi-purpose, multi-language interactive training programmes for different users. The project thus extends ENERI and the Embassy of Good Science into a horizontal community of research ethics practitioners, policy makers and other key stakeholders.


Horizon Europe (European Commission)


Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn; Stichting Vumc; Sveuciliste U Splitu; Medicinski Eurec Office Gug Vilniaus Universitetas; Universiteit Maastricht; Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion; Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives; Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie; Association Europeenne De L'universite; Fudan University Korea; Advanced Institute Of Science And Technology; European Association Of Research Managers And Administrators; Radboud Universiteit; Trilateral Research Limited

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