VERITY’s impact on Responsible Research and Innovation recognised at ETHNA System Final Conference

The Final Conference of the ETHNA System implementation process took place on 14 and 15 June in Castelló de la Plana, Spain. ETHNA System,  the acronym for Ethics Governance System for Responsible Research Innovation in Higher Education, Funding and Research Centres aimed to establish and enforce an internal management and procedural system for Responsible Research and Innovation within six European Higher Education, Funding, and Research Centres to promote ethical governance.
During two intense days, partners of the ETHNA System and individuals interested in Responsible Research and Innovation gathered at the same table to share knowledge, build connections, and amplify the impact of their work.

 During the conference, Gabor Szüdi from ZSI, Lisa Häberlein, and Philipp Hövel from EUREC had the opportunity to introduce VERITY and its innovative project to a diverse and enthusiastic audience. The poster walk, in which approximately 60 participants engaged, provided a platform to showcase VERITY’s goals and contributions to RRI. Notably, Isidoros Karatzas, Head of the Research Ethics and Integrity Sector of the European Commission (DG RTD), expressed great interest in VERITY and initiated discussions regarding potential collaboration with the European Commission, along with sister projects. This development opens up exciting possibilities for VERITY’s future endeavors. 

 The ETHNA System Final Conference spanned over two days. The first day focused on evaluating the three-year project and sharing experiences implementing the ETHNA system. Emphasis was placed on the continuation of implementation and dissemination efforts. The second day featured presentations on future challenges in Responsible Research and Innovation including topics such as Open Access, research integrity, gender equality, and current policies promoting responsible research. The conference concluded with a discussion highlighting the significance of good practice codes in maintaining research integrity and pointing out the responsibility to uphold objectives and disseminate results. 

The event provided a valuable opportunity for all participants to learn, share insights, and contribute to the collective progress in responsible research and innovation. Participants could exchange knowledge, perspectives, and experiences by coming together and engaging in discussions, fostering a collaborative and dynamic ecosystem. Through cooperation and the sharing of ideas, the event facilitated learning and the advancement of shared objectives in the field. Such collaborative efforts are essential for promoting responsible research practices and driving positive change in the research community. 

For those who missed the event, the entire conference is available for viewing on YouTube at the following links: