Beyond Compliance 2023

Digital Ethics in Research

Forum on Digital Ethics in Research
October 18/20, 2023

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Porto 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)

[previous editionForum on Digital Ethics in Research 2022]


Keynote (chair: Claude Kirchner)

Speaker TBA

Session 1 - Tutorial on research ethics in digital sciences (chair: )

Catherine Tessier (Onera)

Session 2 - Data protection in the age of AI and big data (chair: )

Brent Mittelstadt (University of Oxford)
A right to reasonable inferences in the age of AI

Katharine Jarmul (Thoughtworks)
Theory to Practice: My journey from responsible AI to privacy technologies

Rainer Mühlhoff (University of Osnabrück)
title TBA

Session 3 - AI: From ethics to regulation (chair: )

Daniel Leufer (Access Now)
The EU’s AI Act: (self-)regulation, risk and public accountability

Clara Neppel (IEEE Europe)
title TBA

Daniela Tafani (University of Pisa)
What’s wrong with AI ethics narratives

Session 4 - Ethical guidance and review for research beyond human subjects (chair: )

Mihalis Kritikos (European Commission)
Research Ethics in Digital Sciences: the case of the EU’s Ethics Appraisal process

Kirstie Whitaker (Turing Institute)
title TBA

Alexei Grinbaum (CEA)
title TBA

Session 5 - Inspiring trust in science in a digital world (chair: )

Marisa Ponti (University of Gothenburg)
In (Citizen) Science We Trust

Katie Shilton (University of Maryland)
Excavating awareness and power for trustworthy data science

Jason Pridmore (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
title TBA

Session 6 - Responsible use of generative AI in academia (chair: )

Tony Ross-Hellauer (TU Graz)
LLMs, reproducibility and trust in scholarly work

David Leslie (Queen Mary University of London)
title TBA

Speaker TBA ()
title TBA

Session 7 - Environmental research ethics (chair: )

Sasha Luccioni (Hugging Face)
AI and Sustainability: Data, Models and (Broader) Impacts

Romain Couillet (University Grenoble-Alps)
title TBA

Speaker TBA ()
title TBA

Closing remarks


FEUP - Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto


The Portuguese hotels have established a very good reputation abroad thanks to the high standard of the services rendered. Professional teams combined with the Portuguese natural warmth and friendliness, make a powerful combination that will certainly make you feel welcome.

The hotels listed below are just examples (many, many other are available) and are organised by location in the city, going from the Meeting Venue to the city centre. No rates have been arranged.

Walking distance


The ibis Porto São João hotel is located in Porto’s University district, close to São João hospital and on the top floor of Campus São João shopping centre. The hotel is strictly non-smoking, and has direct access to the city’s historic centre. Walking distance to FEUP: 10 min


Eurostars Oporto is a modern design hotel located 100 m from Hospital São João Metro. All guest rooms at Eurostars Oporto have hardwood floors and flatscreen TVs. Each has a private balcony and a tiled-on suite bathroom. Guests can enjoy a glass of local Porto wine in the bar. Regional and international meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of the guest rooms. Eurostars Hotel is conveniently located 10 minutes’ Metro journey from Porto’s historic centre. It is 10 minutes’ drive from Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport. Walking distance to FEUP: 15 min


Axis Porto Hotel is located beside Porto University campus, 3 km from the Centre of Porto. The hotel features a spa centre and panoramic city views. All guest rooms at Axis Porto feature satellite TV, minibar and air conditioning. In addition, the hotel rooms all have balconies. The restaurant at Hotel Axis Porto offers a fusion of Italian and international cuisine. The hotel is located just 25 minutes’ drive from Porto International Airport. The nearest Metro station is 900 m away. Walking distance to FEUP: 15 min

Other downtown hotels

with metro access to the Meeting Venue


Situated in downtown Porto, this hotel is a 6-minute walk from shopping on Rua de Santa Catarina. It offers air-conditioned guestrooms with satellite TV and also provides private parking, at an additional cost. Rooms at the Tryp Oporto Centro Hotel have parquet floors and modern wood furnishings. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The hotel is situated 550 m from the Marques Subway Station.


Within Porto’s central pedestrian zone, this hotel is in a renovated 1880 building, at a 5-minute walk from the São Bento Train Station. The elegant rooms at the Grande Hotel do Porto include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a private bathroom with a bath tub and shower. Grande Hotel do Porto is steps from Bolhão Bus and Metro Station and 10 minutes from the Serra do Pilar Monastery by foot. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is 15 km from the hotel.


Located in a recently renovated 18th-century palace, the NH Collection Porto Batalha hotel is located in the heart of the historic city centre. The hotel offers elegant rooms with double or twin beds and bathrooms with bath or shower. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, a seating area, safety deposit box, minibar, coffee machine and an electric kettle.


Located in the heart of Porto, the 4-star Hotel Teatro – Design Hotels is within a 5-minute walk from some of the city’s main attractions. Hotel Teatro stands in the same spot where the old 1859 Baquet Theatre once stood. Completely renovated with a contemporary design plus a refined and bohemian environment, this revived theatre includes 74 rooms over six floors. The on-site restaurant offers an à lá carte menu and in the evening, guests can relax at hotel’s Plateia Bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


This small boutique hotel has a great location on Rua das Flores (pedestrian access). The hotel is within easy walking distance of the city’s main tourist attractions. His 500 years of history is a fusion of the classic and the contemporary and comprised of two different buildings: a 16th-century palace and a new wing, built from scratch.

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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)
  • Vera Sarkol (CWI)

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



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After the successful 2022 edition, the ERCIM Ethics Working Group is delighted to announce the organization of a second edition of the Forum on Digital Ethics in Research on 18-20 October 2023. This event will be hosted by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto.

An program outline and further details on how to participate will be updated in this page. For any additional information, please feel free to contact Gabriel David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

An abstract and detailed information about speakers will be given on separate pages.