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How can engagement be successful and ethical? Which ethical values and principles are most important?

21.07.2021
PRO-Ethics has developed a first draft framework for ethical participation in research and innovation. After a succesful training session in June, PRO-Ethics' research funding organisations will now test the framework in real-life pilots.

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How can we successfully involve citizens in research and innovation?

21.05.2021
Citizens often experience research and innovation through end-products and services. But how can citizens successfully participate in different stages of research and innovation, including in the strategic development and evaluation processes of research and funding organisations? This continues to be a central question for the PRO-Ethics consortium.

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Policy Brief 1:
Putting Citizens at the Centre of Research and Innovation

21.04.2021
To meet societal challenges and secure a sustainable and resilient future, large scale innovation and a drive for improvement are needed. Public participation offers important benefits when developing new solutions. Preliminary results from PRO-Ethics emphasises the need for a common ethical foundation when involving citizens and stakeholders in innovation processes.

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Learnings from one year of PRO-Ethics

03.03.2021
How can research funding organisations (RFOs) involve citizens in ethically sound ways, to allow for mutually enriching processes and more sustainable outcomes of research and innovation endeavours? Throughout 2020, the RFO partners of PRO-Ethics spent considerable time sharing and exchanging their experiences from four participatory pilots of our “pilot phase I”. We are excited to share our learnings from one year of PRO-Ethics.

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Considering participation across research and innovation will require sufficient buy-in

11.02.2021
Gathering sufficient buy-in to ensure participation is considered across research and innovation projects continues to be a major barrier for research funding organisations. An ethical framework to guide stakeholder participation would be useful for organisations needing to demonstrate the value of involving citizens and end-users in innovation processes.

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Ethical reviews in evaluation procedures boosts quality and trust

08.02.2021
A new report on the Eurostars funding programme shows that including an ethical review in the evaluation process improves the project quality and makes decision-makers more confident in putting money into the programme.

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Second General Assembly Meeting

18.12.2020
In early December 2020, all partners of the PRO-Ethics project met online for the second general assembly meeting. This event also marked the first official meeting of the consortium with the PRO-Ethics Advisory Board.

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A long way to go on citizen involvement

02.12.2020
Citizens and end-users are more underrepresentated than expected in participatory processes, shows new PRO-Ethics report.

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Results of Workshop 1 with Ethics Committees and Research Integrity Bodies

18.11.2020
Effective stakeholder engagement is essential if PRO-Ethics is to have lasting, sustainable impact. D4.3 describes the results of PRO-Ethics’ initial steps to engage a key set of stakeholders, namely ethics committees and research integrity bodies. The document presents findings from a set of interviews and a workshop conducted between July and September 2020. The interviews and the workshop generated a rich set of ideas and questions to be addressed within PRO-Ethics, as well as important gaps where PRO-Ethics can make a novel contribution to the field of citizen participation in research and innovation activities.

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How can IT tools support participation in a responsible way?

14.10.2020
While the use of IT tools enables new forms of participation in research and innovation processes, pitfalls are definitely also present. In a recent workshop, PRO-Ethics partners discussed how to avoid deepening the "digital divide" along with other ethical dilemmas.

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What can PRO-Ethics learn from research ethics and integrity experts?

09.10.2020
The fields of research ethics and integrity have significant expertise in some forms of public participation in research. Research ethics committees, for example, oversee the participation of humans as research subjects, particularly in the biomedical sciences. In a recent workshop, PRO-Ethics RFOs and research ethics and integrity experts gathered to discuss what the project can learn from their fields of expertise.

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The ethics review under the magnifying glass

08.10.2020
Eureka offered to be a case study in the PRO-Ethics project because of its expertise in managing and handling the “ethics review” for its major funding programme: Eurostars. The ethics review is a unique tool ensuring that project proposals funded under the Eurostars programme are compliant with main ethical principles and international/EU and national legislation. In the context of PRO-Ethics, the ethics review plays an important role, as it offers a special focus on the ethical participation of research participants (adults, children, vulnerable populations, patients, etc.) in funded research projects, states Davide Delaiti, process leader for ethics in Eureka.

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PRO-Ethics will develop a best practise to ethically engage citizens

04.09.2020
"Through PRO-Ethics, we try to find solutions to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of participatory approaches," says project coordinator Dorothea Sturn.

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Initiation of cross-learning efforts

04.09.2020
Cross-learning is an important cornerstone of PRO-Ethics. It aims to release the full potential of the pilot projects through the mutual exchange of experiences and learnings by the participating Research Funding Organisations (RFOs). The first steps of this process were taken earlier this year with the first of three cross-learning workshops, which focused on the ethical practices and challenges of the participating RFOs.

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PRO-Ethics Theoretical Framework:
Ethics of Participation in European Research and Innovation

04.09.2020
In the course of PRO-Ethics’ exploration of participatory practices in innovation processes, the Theoretical framework (D1.2) is the first publicly disseminated systemic study of PRO-Ethics, setting the ground of the PRO-Ethics project’s rationale. This study offers a critical review of literature and practices related to ethics and participatory practices in innovation, defining the framing of ethics of participation applied to innovation processes.
Short form article

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Publication of D1.2 Theoretical framework

31.07.2020
In the course of PRO-Ethics’ exploration of participatory practices in innovation processes, the Theoretical framework (D1.2) is the first publicly disseminated systemic study of PRO-Ethics, setting the ground of the PRO-Ethics project’s rationale. This study offers a critical review of literature and practices related to ethics and participatory practices in innovation, defining the framing of ethics of participation applied to innovation processes.
Long form article

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