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SATORI - Stakeholders Acting Together On the ethical impact assessment of Research and Innovation

Project Number: 612231

Project Manager: Prof. dr. Philip Brey

Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

Tel.: +31-53-4894426

Email: p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl

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SATORI is 45-month project, comprising 16 partners from 13 countries, the aim of which is to improve respect of ethics principles and laws in research and innovation activities, and to make sure that, whenever needed, they are adequately adapted to the evolution of technologies and societal concerns. The partners will develop an ethics assessment framework based on thorough analysis, commonly accepted ethical principles, participatory processes and engagement with stakeholders, including the public, in Europe and beyond.

The project comprises 12 work packages, starting with a systematised inventory of current practices and principles in ethics assessment. WP2 reviews existing projects and identifies stakeholders. WP3 investigates the extent to which research is conducted outside Europe to profit from more flexible frameworks. In WP4, the partners outline an ethical assessment framework and create a roadmap for a fully developed framework. WP5 concerns the cost-effectiveness and risk-benefit of ethics assessment. WP6 address other impacts and gathers stakeholder views on those impacts. In WP7, the partners will create an integrated ethics assessment, criteria for evaluating it and taking any necessary remedial actions to enhance it. The partners will study the prospects for standardising the framework (e.g., at the ISO) in WP8. In WP9, the partners will develop a strategy for sustainability of the SATORI network. In WP10, which runs throughout the project, the partners will monitor policy developments and other initiatives at the EU, MS and local levels which merit ethical assessment and alert our network accordingly. The partners have devised a multi-pronged communications strategy to interact with stakeholders in WP11. WP12 is project management.

SATORI’s experienced partners bring complementary perspectives and knowledge from academia, industry, research institutes, science academies, journalism and other sectors.

Project duration: January 1, 2014 – August 31, 2017

Project budget: 4 M-€ / 3.7 M-€ funding

Number of person/months: 441.5 person months

Project Coordinator: Universiteit Twente

Participants: Universiteit Twente, DMU, TRILATERAL, DBT, CPN, EUSJA, Helsińska Fundacja, VTT, DIN, AIRI, ISCIII, ZRC SAZU, Unted Nations Education, National Bioethics, Ericsson, Bundeskanzleramt

Project budget CTIT: 753 k-€ / 753 k-€ funding

Number of person/years CTIT: 69.75 person months

Involved groups: Philosophy (Phil)