Ethics Matters Conference

The role of ethics and integrity in influencing policy making in all non-medical research

The conference’s goal was to explore the relationship between evidence-based policy advice and research ethics and integrity in non-medical research. Through dialogue between researchers, ethics experts and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines, the following issues were explored:
-Who are the experts behind the policy advice? How are the experts chosen and how are they informed? How can the integrity of advice-providers be ensured?
-How can transparency and trust be established and maintained?  How can citizen involvement in developing policy advice be established?
-How can policy-makers be assured that the evidence they seek is based on ethically sound research produced with integrity?
-How can we support The Brussels Declaration and benefit from ‘evidence-based policy-making’ rather than suffer ‘policy-biased evidence’?

Targeting researchers, policy-makers, policy advisers, chief scientific officers, civil society leaders and journalists, the conference aimed to present the research ethics and integrity framework developed by the PRO-RES consortium and discuss how it could be applied to policy-making. The interplay between both the public and private sector, and between research experts and policy-makers is a core feature of this conference.

Breakout sessions

Through round-tables, keynote speeches and break-out sessions, commonalities across non-medical research areas were explored and policy recommendations aimed to be developed. Furthermore, the conference targeted to strengthen the network of key stakeholders for future dialogue.  As non-medical research is a wide field, the discussions focused on the following areas of research: Covert research and surveillance, Working in dangerous areas and conflict zones, Behavioral research collecting data from social media and internet sources, Artificial intelligence and robotics, Environmental research