CHANGER project kicks off at NCSR Demokritos, Athens

The new European project namely CHANGER, standing for Challenges and Innovative Changes in Research Ethics Reviews, held its hybrid kick off meeting, on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 January 2024 at NCSR Demokritos’ campus in Athens, Greece.

Changer is a three-year Coordination and Support Action (CSA) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon WIDERA programme, aiming to promote changes in research ethics reviews that strengthen the capacities of researchers to incorporate ethical judgements in the project design and implementation, and to support ethics committees to address new challenges posed by new technologies and new research practices.

The kick off meeting was the consortium partners first opportunity to meet with each other and entailed discussions on the project’s work plan and future steps.

The project’s main objective is to review current practices and ethics criteria, will identify and discuss new challenges emerging from new technologies and from new research practices, which are not sufficiently covered in the current review process, will provide innovative training to ethics review experts and researchers, and propose innovative approaches and tools to ethics review reform and new understandings to practice ethics by design, supported by guidelines and a policy roadmap.

The CHANGER Partnership at a glance:

  1. NCSR “D” – National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”
  2. UNIWA – University of West Attica
  3. MEFST – Medical Faculty Split
  4. RUG – University of Groningen
  5. TU WIEN – Vienna University of Technology
  6. NORSUS – Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research
  7. UB – University of Bucharest
  8. UKIM – Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
  9. UBO – University of Bonn
  10. K&I srls – Knowledge and Innovation
  11. KU Leuven – KU Leuven
  12. LMU MUENCHEN – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  13. UM – University of Macedonia
  14. KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  15. UC – University of Coimbra
  16. UNIRIO – The Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Associated Partner)
  17. UEDIN – The University of Edinburgh (Associated Partner)

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