Permanent Working Group Science and Ethics



The Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics (PWGSE) is concerned with a wide range of problems, 'internal' (within the scientific community) and 'external' (relations between science and society). Since ethical considerations have been an essential component in the consolidation of the new Europe, and in the creation of ALLEA, the PWGSE has been extending its capacities and activities during recent years, in order to fulfil adequately its mission of collective deliberation on topics like those listed below. 

The PWGSE meets at least twice a year and also convenes thematic meetings in wider settings, typically in partnerships with other relevant organizations such as European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Commission, the Council of Europe, Pugwash, International Council for Science (ICSU), or UNESCO. Some of the issues recently addressed include: scientific integrity and research misconduct, research on human embryos, quantitative evaluation of research, ethical aspects of risk, education in ethics.

For recent meetings and meeting documents, see below.

Past and present topics

1. Research Integrity
2. Plagiarism
3. Ethics Education as part of research training
4. Ethics of scientific policy advice
5. Emerging issues: synthetic biology, nanotechnology, robotics a.o.
6. Role of Ethics Committees
7. Support for Higher Education and research in Palestine
8. Science and Human Rights
9. Trust in science


New publications


Private sponsoring in the science enterprise, trust
in science and academic freedom






Ethics Education in Science
 
 
French Version: Education l’thique des sciences


Front
Pieter Drenth: A European Code
of Conduct on Research Integrity                                     
European Code of Conduct on Research Integrity
 The European Code of Conduct on  Research Integrity, 2011
 (joint  ALLEA-ESF publication) 
   

 

Members

Gran Hermern (Chair) - Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
Anna Benaki - Academy of Athens
Anne Fagot-Largeault - Acadmie des Sciences, France
Lszl Fss - Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Ludger Honnefelder - Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
Bertil Emrah Oder - The Science Academy (Turkey)
Roger Pfister - Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Martyn Pickersgill - Royal Society of Edinburgh
Pere Puigdomenech - Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona
Kirsti Strm Bull - Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Zbigniew Szawarski - Polish Academy of Sciences
Els van Damme - Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium
Martin van Hees - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Krista Varantola - Council of Finnish Academies
Raivo Uibo - Estonian Academy of Sciences


Meetings

2016 October
Permanent Working Group meeting, Oslo

2016 June
Sub-group meeting of Permanent Working Group, Berlin

2016 February
Permanent Working Group meeting, Stockholm

2015 March

Permanent Working Group meeting, Berlin

2014 November
Joint meeting of the Permanent Workings Groups Science & Ethics and Intellectual Property Rights, Bavarian Academy, Munich 

2014 October
Permanent Working Group meeting, The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, Barcelona

2014 April
Permanent Working Group meeting, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

2013 October
Permanent Working Group meeting, German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE), Bonn
programme

2013 February
Permanent Working Group meeting, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm
programme

2012 March
Permanent Working Group meeting, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
programme

2011 December
Permanent Working Group meeting, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam
programme

[14 December 2011]
An international ALLEA-KNAW symposium "Plagiarism – legal, moral and educational aspects, Amsterdam
Click here for the presentations and background material on Plagiarism
Click here for further background material on "Research Integrity"

2011 June
Permanent Working Group with symposium "The role and remit of Ethics Committees: comparisons and best practice", Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
programme

Click here for presentations and background material on "The role and remit of Ethics Committees"
Click here for background material on Ethics of scientific policy advice

2011 March
Permanent Working Group meeting, Royal Academies of Belgium (KVAB/ARB)
programme

Click here for presentations and background material on "The role and remit of Ethics Committees"
Click here for background material on Emerging issues: Synthetic Biology and other fields

2010 November
Permanent Working Group meeting, Acadmie des Sciences, France
programme

2010 July
ALLEA Pre-conference seminar: Science, ethics and society, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
programme
Click here to go to the background documents
Click here for further background material on "Research Integrity"

2010 June

Meeting on support for research and higher education in Palestine, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo 
 programme
Click here to go to the background documents

2010 February
Permanent Working Group meeting, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo
 programme
Workshop Ethics in Research Training, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo
programme
Click here to go to the presentations of the workshop
Click here for background material on "Ethics in research training"

2009 September
Permanent Working Group meeting, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam
 programme

2009 June
ALLEA consultative symposium: Towards a European Code of Conduct on Scientific Integrity? Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Berne
 programme
Click here to go to the background documents of the meeting
Click here to go to the background documents on Scientific Integrity

2009 March
Permanent Working Group meeting, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin
 programme


ALLEA Publications and background documents
For ALLEA publications on the topic of Science & Ethics please click here
For ALLEA publications and background documents on the topic of Scientific Integrity please click here
For background documents on ethical dimensions of research into Synthetic Biology please click here

Restricted working website
Please click here to go to the restricted working website (for Permanent Working Group members only)



Last Modified: 11-05-2016

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