SATORI final conference draws over 140 participants

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Dr Rowena Rodrigues | Head of Innovation & Research

Date: 27 September 2017

More than 140 participants and high-level EU officials attended the SATORI project (of which Trilateral is deputy coordinator) final conference held in Brussels on 18-19 September 2017. The conference discussed current and future trends in ethics of R&I.

The SATORI Final Conference Ethics Assessment of Research and Innovation: Looking to the Future was one of the largest and significant conferences on ethics assessment of R&I in recent years. It was held on 18-19 September 2017 at the MCE Business and Conference Centre in Brussels, Belgium. Over 140 participants from 30 countries attended the event. This was the closing event of the FP7 EU-funded SATORI project. It featured policy-makers, leading ethicists, researchers, and innovators, and representatives from industry, civil society, the media and academia.

Many high-level officials from European Commission and European Parliament attended the event. Notable speakers included: Isidoros Karatzas, Head of the Ethics and Research Integrity Sector, European Commission, Jim Dratwa, Head of the office of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technology (EGE), Dafna Feinholz, Chair of Section for Bioethics at UNESCO, Lieve Van Woensel, Head of the Scientific Foresight Service within the European Parliamentary Research Service, Julian Kinderlerer, current member and past President of the EGE and Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town, Marie-Hélène Parizeau, Chair of World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) and Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Université Laval.

The conference discussions focused on: EU and national policies in ethics of R&I; why ethics presents a challenge for science; ethics assessment in industry and at the universities; current ethical problems and issues in R&I in social sciences, engineering, medicine and information sciences. Deliberations also covered ways to support the activities of research ethics committees, and policies to strengthen ethical R&I practices in the European Union and beyond.

In his opening lecture, the coordinator of the project, Philip Brey (University of Twente, the Netherlands), presented its main findings and recommendations. SATORI partners presented some of the project results too, especially highlighting the SATORI-based first international pre-standard for ethics assessment of R&I.

Rowena Rodrigues of Trilateral, chaired the policy session ‘Ethics Of Research And Innovation: EU And National Policies’ that featured the following speakers: Louiza Kalokairinou (Policy Officer, Ethics & Research Integrity sector, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission);  Jim Dratwa (Head of the team tasked with Ethics in Science and New Technologies at the European Commission and the office of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies); Lieve Van Woensel (Head of the Scientific Foresight Service within the European Parliamentary Research Service) and  Rene Von Schomberg (Teamleader Science Policy, European Commission).

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