The ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics (PWGSE) is concerned with a wide range of issues, both ‘internal’ (within the scientific community) and ‘external’ (relations between science and society). Since ethical considerations have been an essential component in the consolidation of a united Europe, and also in the creation of ALLEA, the PWGSE was established to bring together experts from academies across Europe and provide them with a platform for continuous debate on research ethics and research integrity.
Programme of action
The PWGSE has been extending its capacities and activities during recent years, in order to adequately fulfil its mission of collective deliberation on topics such as research integrity, ethics education in science and research training, ethics of scientific policy advice, trust in science, scientific misconduct, and plagiarism, among others.
Further issues recently addressed include dual use, ethical aspects of risks, science and human rights, support for higher education and research in Palestine, research on human embryos, synthetic biology, nanotechnologies etc. Additionally, the group provides expertise for the Horizon 2020 funded ENERI project (European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity), which aims to train experts in ethics related issues and to harmonise research integrity infrastructures across Europe.
The PWGSE meets regularly and has also convened thematic meetings in wider settings, typically in partnerships with other relevant organisations such as the European Commission, the European Science Foundation (ESF), the International Council for Science (ICSU), or UNESCO, among many others. The members of the PWGSE drew on its extensive network of experts and institutions for the successful execution of the revision process.
Current and past topics
- Research Integrity
- Ethics Education as part of research training
- Ethics of scientific policy advice
- Emerging issues: synthetic biology, nanotechnology, robotics a.o.
- Role of Ethics Committees
- Support for Higher Education and research in Palestine
- Science and Human Rights
- Trust in science
Members of the Permanent Working Group Science and Ethics
- Göran Hermerén (Chair) – Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
- Anna Benaki – Academy of Athens (Greece)
- Anne Fagot-Largeault – Académie des Sciences (France)
- László Fésüs – Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Maura Hiney – Royal Irish Academy
- Ludger Honnefelder – Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
- Bertil Emrah Oder – The Science Academy (Turkey)
- Roger Pfister – The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
- Martyn Pickersgill – Royal Society of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
- Pere Puigdomenech – Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona (Spain)
- Kirsti Strøm 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
Permanent Working Group meeting, Oslo
Permanent Working Group meeting, Stockholm
Permanent Working Group meeting, Berlin
Joint meeting of the Permanent Workings Groups Science & Ethics and Intellectual Property Rights, Bavarian Academy, Munich
Permanent Working Group meeting, The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, Barcelona
Permanent Working Group meeting, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest