Beyond Compliance

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Forum on Digital Ethics in Research
October 17/18, 2022
Institut Imagine, Paris and online

The presentations are published on a Youtube channel and can also be viewed individually (see below). The missing presentations will be posted as soon as the authors have given their permission.

The 2023 edition is can be found here:

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

Keynote (chair: Claude Kirchner)

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

Session 1 - Research ethics in a cross-disciplinary and global setting (chair: Gabriel David)

Philip Brey (University of Twente) [via zoom]
Research ethics guidelines for the computer and information sciences [slides]

Bernd Stahl (De Montfort University) [via zoom]
Realising ethics and responsible innovation in a large neuroinformatics project [slides]

Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University) [via zoom]
New digital research possibilities/Old ethical forms

Session 2 - Research ethics review (chair: Catherine Tessier)

Dirk Lanzerath (University of Bonn) [via zoom]
Ethics reviews in modern research: learning from medical RECs [slides]

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

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

Session 3 - Research ethics in the era of big data and AI (chair: Andreas Rauber)

Rowena Rodrigues (Trilateral Research) [via zoom]
Looking back, moving forward: AI research ethics [slides]

Inioluwa Deborah Raji (Mozilla Foundation) [via zoom]
Research accountability in machine learning

Michael Bernstein (Stanford University) [via zoom]
Ethics and society review: ethics reflection as a precondition to research funding [slides]


Day 2: Tuesday, October 18th

Session 4 - Tutorial on research ethics for PhD students and young researchers (chair: Eric Germain)

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 (chair: Eric Germain)

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Chalmers University) [via zoom]
Research-based perspective in teaching ethics to engineering students [slides]

Karën Fort (Sorbonne University) [via zoom]
Teaching ethics in NLP: DIY (do it yourself) [slides]

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

Session 6 - New challenges and opportunities for research ethics (chair: Sylvain Petitjean)

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

Sylvie Delacroix (University of Birmingham) [via zoom]
Data Trusts and the need for bottom-up data empowerment infrastructure [slides]

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

Closing remarks


Institut Imagine
24 Boulevard du Montparnasse
75015 Paris

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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)
  • 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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