A new European project namely CHANGER, standing for Challenges and Innovative Changes in Research Ethics Reviews, held its hybrid kick-off meeting, on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 January 2024 at NCSR Demokritos campus in Athens, Greece.
Changer is a three-year project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, aiming to promote changes in research ethics reviews that strengthen the capacities of researchers to incorporate ethical judgements in the project design and implementation, and to support ethics committees to address new challenges posed by new technologies and new research practices.
The meeting included discussions on the project’s work plan as well as short introductions between the consortium partners.
The project’s main objective is to review current practices and ethics criteria, will identify and discuss new challenges emerging from new technologies and from new research practices, which are not sufficiently covered in the current review process, will provide innovative training to ethics review experts and researchers, and propose innovative approaches and tools to ethics review reform and new understandings to practice ethics by design, supported by guidelines and a policy roadmap.
The CHANGER Partnership at a glance: