The ALLEA statement "Ethics Education in Science"

24.10.2013

The ALLEA statement "Ethics Education in Science"

English

ALLEA (All European Academies), a network of European science academies, has published a statement on “Ethics education in science” on 2 October 2013.

In its statement ALLEA recommends that the ethics of science should be an integral part of the education and training of all scientist and highlights the need for adequate tools for ethics education. The statement is prepared by the ALLEA permanent working group on Science and Ethics. Chancellor Krista Varantola, the Chair of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and the Vice-chair of the Council of Finnish Academies, is the Finnish member of the working group.

The statement emphasizes that trust in the scientific enterprise is fundamental for fruitful interaction within the scientific community as well as between it and society at large. The development of science and complex relations between science and society raise new ethical challenges in good scientific practice and in the responsibilities of individual scientists. Scientists have many different roles: as researchers, supervisors, evaluators and as scientific advisors for governments and business. Ethics education in science should make the responsibilities of scientist explicit and provide concrete ways of meeting them.

ALLEA stresses that those organizations who employ and educate researches and who benefit from their research should provide continuous education in research ethics. Ethical training should be part of researcher’s career from beginning to end. The statement will be published in two parts. The first part presents general principles and recommendations. The second part, with practical examples and online resources, will follow later.

Ethics Education in Science. Statement by the ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics