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]


Please note that all the times are WEST (Western European Summer Time), so CEST-1

Wednesday, October 18th, afternoon

13:15-13:30 WEST
Welcome words

13:30-14:30 WEST
Keynote (chair: Claude Kirchner)

Arlindo Oliveira (University of Lisbon)
Artificial Consciousness: unreachable dream or foreseeable future?

14:30-16:15 WEST
Session 1 - AI: From ethics to regulation (chair: Andreas Rauber)

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

Clara Neppel (IEEE Europe)
AI Governance: the role of regulation, standardization, and certification

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

16:30-18:15 WEST
Session 2 - Inspiring trust in science in a digital world (chair: Guenter Koch)

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

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

Jason Pridmore (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Resilience Amidst Complexity: Navigating Conflicts of Interest in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 19th, morning

09:00-10:45 WEST
Session 3 - Data protection in the age of AI and big data (chair: Gabriel David)

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

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

Rainer Mühlhoff (University of Osnabrück)
The risk of secondary use of trained ML models as a key issue of data ethics and data protection regarding AI

11:00-12:30 WEST
Session 4 - Tutorial on research ethics in digital sciences (chair: Fabian Eberle) [slides]

Catherine Tessier (Onera)

Thursday, October 19th, afternoon

14:15-16:00 WEST
Session 5 - Responsible use of generative AI in academia (chair: Sylvain Petitjean)

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

David Leslie (Queen Mary University of London)
Scientific Discovery and Research Integrity in the Age of Large Language Models

16:15-18:00 WEST
Session 6 - Environmental research ethics (chair: Claude Kirchner)

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

Gabrielle Samuel (King’s College London)
Reimagining research ethics to include environmental sustainability [slides]

Romain Couillet (University Grenoble-Alps)
Why and how to dismantle the digital world?

19:30-21:30 WEST

Friday, October 20th, morning

09:00-10:45 WEST
Session 7 - Ethical guidance and review for research beyond human subjects (chair: Christos Alexakos)

Alexei Grinbaum (CEA)
Guidelines for AI Ethics in current EU research projects [slides]


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

Kirstie Whitaker (Turing Institute)
Operationalising the SAFE-D principles for safe, ethical and open source AI

11:00-12:00 WEST
Keynote (chair: Guenter Koch)

Julia Neidhardt (TU Wien)
Digital humanism

12:00-12:15 WEST
Closing remarks


Participation is free but registration is mandatory, both for on line and on site participation. Please fill in the Registration form before October 6th.


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.

If you are interested to participate or if you would like to receive more information, please contact the organisers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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