Meet the Partner

Every week in this section, we will present our CHANGER partners and their distinct role and work within the project.

The National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos – NCSRD

The National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (NCSR Demokritos) is the largest Greek self-governing research organisation under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Government. NCSR Demokritos participates with the AI Politeia Lab of its Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications.

The AI Politeia Lab is an interdisciplinary lab exploring how we can ensure a responsible and sustainable technology-enabled future; that is trustworthy, ethical and democratised for all and for the good. Adopting a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach and “out of the box”, anticipatory thinking, this laboratory involves researchers from various disciplines and provides a virtual “AI Politeia” environment for innovative academic and industrial research and applications across domains. AI Politeia connects AI and technological innovation with social sciences and policy aiming to explore the opportunities, risks posed by technological innovation, and strike a balance between innovation, ethics, human rights, values, law and policy.

Role in the Project: Dr. Vasiliki Mollaki is the Deputy Project Coordinator leading WP1 Project management, coordination and dissemination, with the responsibility of successfully managing the project and disseminating its results. NCSR Demokritos also contributes to all other work packages, namely WP2 Evaluation of current ethics reviews in a changing research environment, WP3 Novel approaches and tools to support the ethics reviews, WP4 Innovative training material to address new challenges in ethics reviews and training and, WP5 Generation of impact and transferability of new models, operational tools, and approaches for RECs.

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University of West Attica – UNIWA

UNIWA was founded in March 2018. The foundation of the newly established University came from the merging process of the former Technological Educational Institute of Athens and Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. Today, UNIWA includes twenty-seven departments, organised into six Schools, covering a wide range of disciplines such as modern science, including social, administrative and economic sciences, engineering sciences, health and welfare sciences, food sciences and art studies. In 2019, the National School of Public Health, originally established in 1929, joined the newly established university and was renamed to Dept. of Public Health Policy which is recognized as the continuation of the NSPH. UNIWA participates in this project with the Laboratory for Health Technology Assessment – LabHTA, Dept of Public Health policy. Given the long history of the Dept, the LabHTA is not only highly specialised in education and research in all multidisciplinary areas of public health and health care policy but also has a long-time involvement and experience in bioethics and health law.  

Role in the project: In the frame of the project, UNIWA with Professor Tina Garani-Papadatos is participating in WP1 Project Management, Coordination and Dissemination, in WP2 “Evaluation of current ethics reviews in a changing research environment”, particularly in Task 2.3 concerning Stakeholder consultations and T 2.4 concerning cross- disciplinary case study of ethics review experts. UNIWA has a more active role in WP3 “Novel approaches and tools to support the ethics reviews” and WP5 “Generation of impact and transferability of new models, operational tools, and approaches for RECs”.

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Medical Faculty Split – MEFST

The University of Split School of Medicine (MEFST) is an independent faculty established in 1997 as one of the components of the University of Split. It is situated on the Southern coast of the Split peninsula overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the islands of Brač, Šolta and Hvar. MEFST has four teaching programs: Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Medical Studies in English. The Postgraduate School includes research and specialist postgraduate studies and it is also open to international students.

The Center for Evidence-Based Medicine is an integral part of the School. It was founded in 2018 with the idea of being a place of scientific excellence, continuous education and popularisation of evidence-based medicine. The Center closely collaborates with the Science Department of the University Hospital of Split and the Research Office of the University of Split School of Medicine. The activities of the Center aim to improve the School’s and the University Hospital’s scientific production and healthcare quality. Research topics include clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine, research ethics and integrity, open science and research reproducibility.

Role in the Project: As the lead partner in Work package WP2 – Evaluation of current ethics reviews in a changing research environment, MEFST will be organising the assessment of current tools and practices, and will be heavily involved in the development of new approaches and the production of training material for those.

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University of Groningen – RUG

RUG is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands and has a strong research tradition in a number of fields including European law, information technology law, constitutional law, international law, public law, civil law and a variety of interdisciplinary fields. STeP, the ‘Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group’, is an interdisciplinary team of researchers organised within the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies. The team covers many areas of information policy and technology law including privacy, data protection, security science, cybercrime, self-regulation, ethics, and health informatics. 

Role in the project: In the frame of CHANGER, STeP’s members, Professor Mifsud Bonnici and Dr. Markellou lead the WP5 ‘Generation of impact and transferability of new models, operational tools, and approaches for RECs’ the objectives of which are, among others, to promote policy choices supporting the uptake and dissemination of novel ethics review approaches in the ERA at different levels (European, national, research organisations).

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TU Wien is Austria’s largest research and educational institution in the field of technology and natural sciences. More than 4,000 scientists are researching “technology for people” in five main research areas at eight faculties. Located directly in the Vice Rectorate for Research, Innovation and International Affairs, the Service Unit of Responsible Research Practices hosts the Research Ethics Committee of TU Wien.

Role in the project: Marjo Rauhala is the head of the Service Unit of Responsible Research Practices with tasks including supporting members of the TU research community in identifying and addressing ethical dimensions in their research and setting up research ethics structures for the university. Drawing on a theoretical background in philosophical, biomedical and research ethics and hands-on engineering ethics from collaboration in TU Wien research teams, Marjo has a great interest in taking research ethics review beyond ticking boxes. In CHANGER, Marjo co-leads WP3 and is involved in all work packages.

Jonas Pfister works in the Service Unit of Responsible Research Practices and is involved in all work packages of CHANGER.

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Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research – NORSUS

NORSUS Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research is a private not-for-profit research institute, receiving basic funding from the Research Council of Norway. The mission of NORSUS is to provide knowledge for sustainable societal development. The institute applies and develops knowledge and methods to understand and implement sustainable solutions in society. Together with a wide range of public and private clients, NORSUS undertakes projects locally, nationally and internationally to enhance environmental performance. Alongside the main focus on industrial environmental research, the projects increasingly also address the social and economic pillars of sustainability. The sustainability of AI solutions is a research topic at the institute. 

The NORSUS Principal Investigator in CHANGER is Matthias Kaiser, who is a senior researcher at NORSUS, Professor Emeritus at the Center for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen, and Prof. II (10%) at the NTNU in Trondheim. Matthias has studied mathematics and philosophy (of science) at the universities of Munich, Oslo, Stanford and Frankfurt. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Managing Director of NORSUS, has a minor research component in the project. Ellen-Marie has a doctorate in applied ethics from the University of Oslo in 2007 and has extensive research and practical experience with research ethics.

Role in the project: In CHANGER project, NORSUS co-leads WP3 and participates in several other WPs. WP3 will result in innovative tools for ethical reviews and assessments in research projects.

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