Neuroscience, Robotics, AI and Medical Informatics: New insights with diversity & ethics

3rd HBP Curriculum Workshop Series - Research ethics and societal impact

26-27 September 2019 | Graz University of Technology, Austria


1st ethics workshop

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), according to the regulations of the European Commission / Horizon 2020, includes actions and activity in both ethics and diversity. All societal actors in science (like researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) contribute to and are affected by issues regarding diversity and ethics in research. These two topics, ethics and diversity, have different intersections and involve multiple objectives beyond disciplines and specific research foci.

All fields of scientific research are influenced by both diversity and ethical measures. Diversity and ethics strongly influence research results, collaborative teamwork and funding opportunities of research. Different aspects of gender / sex, culture, social background, physical appearance, intersectional variables etc. might have an impact on studies and research results. In fields like medical informatics, data retention and proper use of data raise ethical questions. In addition, AI learning that works with datasets – e.g. on image classifiers – needs to consider if the datasets include a diverse range of images or are biased to some extent.       

To deal with these intersections and objectives in ethics and diversity, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches can be helpful.

Aspects of diversity and ethics in various disciplines, for example neuroscience, neuropsychology, robotics and medical informatics will be addressed in this workshop (held in September 2019). In addition, speakers specialized in ethics and diversity in science will complete this event.

Interdisciplinarity is an asset in modern research. It can contribute to new approaches in science, improve scientific results and help finding alternative solutions – and it is a suitable perspective to show new opportunities for diversity and ethics in science. To develop and maintain interdisciplinary research, framework conditions must meet high requirements to provide forums for collaborative work, team science and open communication. In addition, also vital and supporting framework conditions, like interdisciplinary teamwork tools, will be covered with talks and workshops.

The workshop will provide space for discussing the future of interdisciplinary research. In particular, this is intended to contribute to the creation of new insights and collaboration options regarding the HBP by the integration of new aspects of diversity and ethics.





The scientific programme will be available soon.


Karin Grasenick | CONVELOP

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Harald Kleinberger-Pierer | CONVELOP
Lisa-Marie Leichter | MUI
Stefan Mittermayr | MUI