Göran Collste, Centre for Applied Ethics (CTE)

I am professor of Applied Ethics at Linköping University. My research deals with problems in Ethics and Applied Ethics and my publications include books and articles on global justice, the principle of human dignity, work ethics and ethical issues related to information and communication technologies (ICT Ethics).

I am also the scientific secretary of the Linköping Regional Board of Vetting of Research on Human Beings. 2005-2015 I was member of the Swedish National Committee for Research Misconduct and 2004–2009 of the board of the Swedish Council for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences.


How did you become involved with the SATORI project?

I and my organisation the Centre for Applied Ethics were invited to join to compensate for a partner that left the consortium.

What is your role in The SATORI Project?

My role is to contribute to the academic reflections on research ethics and in particular on assessment of research involving human beings.

What would be the most desirable outcome of the project?

To inspire/raise the consciousness of ethical assessment of research all over Europe. It would be great if I could bring results back to my own board (see below) and the members of the board would find the results useful.

What would be most important contribution of the project to society? Why?

That Satori could present sustainable procedures and principles for ethical assessment of research in various areas of research.

What is the most challenging part of the project?

Two things: first, that parts of the work in WP1 (value studies etc.) – it was just a summary of information already known and did not contribute to new knowledge, and second, that many of the deliverables stay in the EU book shelves and are not disseminated and used by ethical assessors.

How do you see mutual learning taking place in the SATORI project? What can you take with you home?

Successful and less successful procedures and forms for ethical assessment of research.

Are you yourself involved in ethical assessment?

Yes, as an ethicist I have been a member of the Swedish national board for research misconduct for ten years and I am presently scientific secretary of a regional board for vetting of research on human beings.