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ETHOS - EThics & law witH and fOr reSearch


In the era of big data, the impact of the information society on research is increasingly evident in every scientific sector both for "hard" and social sciences.

The ethical and legal problems in research were central even before the transformation of every scientific investigation into data-intensive research. The growing role of ethics & law for any research determines practical consequences in the design and organization of scientific and technological activities as well as in the submission, presentation, and management of research projects.

Over the years, our team has developed considerable theoretical and practical expertise in investigating the ethical-legal components related to the dignity of the individuals (e.g., for the protection of personal data, or for the risk of discrimination, or for the involvement of vulnerable individuals, informed consent and research policies), their safety (environmental, security, safety issues) and the security and management of information (e.g., profiles related to intellectual property, misuse, dual use, data management plans) as essential elements of a scientific proposal and its implementation.

According to Aristotle, ETHOS is one of the three main pillars (together with Pathos and Logos) of the Rhetoric: it means to be credible. Our twofold expertise, in fact, does not only reflect in our scientific outputs (see publications below), but also in the collaboration, drafting, implementation, and management of research projects in the EU and national sphere to make them credible.

Research expertise currently refer to:

  • Data protection
  • Ethics issues arising from the involvement of human subjects in scientific research
  • Volunteers participation in social and medical research
  • Research misuse
  • Environment, safety
  • Dual use
  • IP & Research Data Management

Coordinator: Giovanni Comandé

LIDERLAB affiliated to the research area

Prof. Francesco Donato Busnelli  
Prof. Dr. Maria Gagliardi
Prof. Dr. Caterina Sganga
Dr. Denise Amram
Dr. Silvia Scalzini
Dr. Danielle Borges
PHD candidate Antonio Davola
PHD candidate Andrea Parziale
PHD candidate Gianclaudio Malgieri
PHD candidate Giulia Schneider

Talks & Events

 27.5.2019 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna; Pisa: International Workshop "How to Comply with the Ethical and Legal issues in Research Institutions: a Focus on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Scientific Research" 

Denver, May 3rd 2019 Gianclaudio Malgieri on Automated Decision-Making in the EU Member States Laws: The Right to Explanation and Other Suitable Safeguards

Bruxelles, CPDP 2019: FAIRNESS BY DESIGN: ETHICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN RESEARCH CONTEXT - CAN WE SAFEGUARD FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD?

Selected previous research activities and publications


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