SATORI on Ethics in Social Sciences and Humanities

The SATORI project and its findings were presented at the conference Social sciences and humanities: a new agenda for Europe’s challenges in Bratislava on 15 and 16 November 2016. The conference, organised in the context of the Slovak presidency of the EU and in cooperation with the European Commission, saw social science and humanities (SSH) scholars from all over Europe and the officers of DG Research and Innovation (R&I) discuss the importance of SSH research in addressing societal challenges faced by Europe today and its role in Horizon 2020.

Rok Benčin presented a poster co-authored with Gregor Strle (both from the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts – ZRC SAZU) entitled Ethics Assessment of R&I in SSH: Findings of the SATORI Project. The poster presented the project’s aims and findings with an emphasis on ethics assessment in SSH. SATORI has found that the institutionalisation of ethics assessment in SSH is increasing, although it has been met with some resistance, mostly due to the application of ethical review procedures, developed for biomedicine. Differences in research aims and methods entail different ethical issues and solutions. The new SATORI ethics assessment framework’s attempt at developing a set of common principles and procedures is therefore balanced with a special care to account for differences between scientific fields and disciplines.