2022, Event, Highlight

October 17 and 18, 2022

Beyond Compliance: Forum on Digital Ethics in Research October 17/18, 2022

Institut Imagine, Paris and online

Researchers in digital sciences face tough ethical questions in their daily activity for which there aren’t yet consensual answers among the research community. The forum “Beyond Compliance” aims at advancing the discussion about those issues. The target audience is composed by researchers and Research Ethics Boards. The event consists of keynotes, presentations, tutorials and interactive sessions, and provides ample time for open discussions. Different outcomes are envisioned, including some which may be directed towards policy makers. (Abstract)


Day 1: Monday, October 17th


Welcome words


Raja Chatila (Sorbonne University, CNPEN)
Responsible development use and governance of AI

Session 1 – Research ethics in a cross-disciplinary and global setting

Philip Brey (University of Twente)
Research ethics guidelines for the computer and information sciences

Bernd Stahl (De Montfort University)
Realising ethics and responsible innovation in a large neuroinformatics project

Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University)
New digital research possibilities/Old ethical forms

Session 2 – Research ethics review

Dirk Lanzerath (University of Bonn)
Ethics reviews in modern research: learning from medical RECs

Jeroen van der Ham (University of Twente)
Beyond “human subject”: the challenges of ethics oversight in digital science

Casey Fiesler (University of Colorado Boulder)
Data is people: research ethics and the limits of human subjects review

Session 3 – Research ethics in the era of big data and AI

Michael Bernstein (Stanford University)
Ethics and society review: ethics reflection as a precondition to research funding

Inioluwa Deborah Raji (Mozilla Foundation)
Research accountability in machine learning

Rowena Rodrigues (Trilateral Research)
Looking back, moving forward: AI research ethics

Day 2: Tuesday, October 18th

Session 4 – Tutorial on research ethics for PhD students and young researchers

Catherine Tessier (Onera, CNPEN)

Alice: Hi Ben! You know what? I enrolled on a new PhD program at Hereafter University. They offered generous grants for machine learning students to design chatbots replicating the speech of deceased individuals and even generating new phrases that the person has never uttered in their lifetime. How does your own PhD go? Still with bees?

Ben: Hi Alice! The Hereafter program looks amazing. I wish I could chat with my grandpa again. As for me, the micro-robots to support the well-being of honeybee queens and optimise the honey yield are ready to be implemented in beehives. Demo within two months! Our partner Bill Surrogates is looking forward to it.
Alice: That’s really great to help the bees, times are so hard for them.
Well, let us encourage Alice and Ben to reflect about their PhD works and give them some basic tools to do so. Will you join in?

Session 5 – Research ethics training

Catherine Tessier (Onera, CNPEN)
Research ethics training: debating is learning

Karën Fort (Sorbonne University)
Teaching ethics in NLP: DIY (do it yourself)

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Chalmers University)
Research-based perspective in teaching ethics to engineering students

Session 6 – New challenges and opportunities for research ethics

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye (Imperial College London)
The search for anonymous data – From de-identification to privacy-preserving systems

Sylvie Delacroix (University of Birmingham)
Data Trusts and the need for bottom-up data empowerment infrastructure

Panagiotis Kavouras (National Technical University of Athens)
Open science: hopes, challenges and the intervention of ROSiE project

Closing remarks


Institut Imagine
24 Boulevard du Montparnasse
75015 Paris

To facilitate getting accommodation during the forum, we list some hotels near the venue:

If you are interested to participate or if you would like to receive more information, please contact the organisers at beyondcompliance@ercim.eu

Organization committee: ERCIM Ethics Working Group

  • Claude Kirchner (INRIA, CNPEN)
  • Sylvain Petitjean (INRIA)
  • Andreas Rauber (SBA)
  • Christos Alexakos (ISI)
  • Fabian Eberle (SBA)
  • Gabriel David (INESC)
  • Guenter Koch (HCM)
  • Pablo Cesar (CWI)
  • Vera Sarkol (CWI)

ERCIM is a consortium of leading European research institutions committed to information technology and applied mathematics.

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