Lecture 6 - Göran Collste

Conference overview

We hear more and more often about fraud in science and the trust in the research community is consequently challenged. Hence, research ethics has become a necessary ingredient in any higher educational program. In his lecture, Pr. Collste will give some examples of research misconduct and unethical behavior – from the Nazi experiments to recent cases - and will argue that it is necessary for universities to offer courses in research ethics for PhD students as well as for other researchers. He also will give an account of the area of research ethics, and will argue that ethical issues are relevant to all stages of research, from problem formulation to the application of research findings. Finally, he will present an outline of a course in research ethics.

The lecturer

Göran Collste is doctor of theology and professor of applied ethics at Linköping University. His research and teaching deals with problems in ethics and applied ethics.
His publications include books and articles are about global justice, the principle of human dignity and privacy, work ethics and ethical issues related to information and communication technologies. He has also recently published Global Rectificatory Justice (2015) and Ethics and Communication - Global Perspectives (2016).
He teaches regularly research ethics for PhD-students in various faculties and is coordinator of a Master's Program in Applied Ethics. Professor Collste was from 2011 to 2015 President of Societas Ethica (European Society for Research in Ethics) and is still a member of the board. He is also member of European and Swedish committees on research funding and ethics assessment. He participates in various international research projects, such as SATORI project and Horizon 2020, studying ethical assessment of research and innovations.