Ethics in the implementation of research projects
Mission of the Ethics Commission
Ethics in the implementation of AgreenSkills programme
The wide scope of topics and disciplines covered by AgreenSkills may lead to the submission of research proposals raising ethical issues. Therefore, the research projects proposed in the framework of AgreenSkills must comply with ethical procedures and regulations of the European Commission which include adherence to:
The AgreenSkills governance includes an Ethics Commission composed of the following ethics experts:
During the selection procedure the Ethics Commission makes sure that ethical issues are addressed properly in the selected fellows' research projects. Since in France, research-related ethical issues are defined and handled at the local level, it is the responsibility of hosting laboratories to ensure that the fellow’s research project is implemented according to these ethical rules.
Ethics is an essential component of good science. Ethics is not an external constraint, rather it promotes research freedom and helps improve the quality of knowledge in relation to societal concerns, values and goals. Ethics makes science better, also in terms of reliability, relevance and sustainability.
In our view, ethics includes integrity, compliance with international regulations about animal welfare and human rights, as well as reflection about the goals of science. We believe that science is not an end in itself, and that a sole focus on truth is an ethical choice, which leaves out other important and desirable functions of science. In fact, there are numerous non-epistemic values embedded in scientific practices, agendas and results which are crucial for a satisfactory science-society interaction.
The AgreenSkills mobility programme focuses on issues of global agricultural performance and innovation, global environmental change, food security, human nutrition and health, and animal welfare. Therefore, we consider it important to promote the reflection about how nature, artefacts, research objects, life, and welfare are perceived, and ought to be protected. Our goal is to incorporate ethical reflection in the research itself, and thus to make science better.
The AgreenSkills programme follows an equal opportunity policy with respect to full gender parity, equal geographical distribution and balance in topics. It also ensures respect for equality of treatment among applicants.
AgreenSkills is in full compliance with the General Principles and Requirements applicable to employers in the European Charter for Researchers and in the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers . AgreenSkills also intends to attract promising and confirmed talents while avoiding human capital flight from developing countries.
AgreenSkills also ensures that: