SOI-131 Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in Research Infrastructures and Core Facilities

Instructor Lucia Busatta (UniTrento), Francesco Di Tano (UniBO), Marko Peura (University of Helsinki) e Valentina Adami (UniTrento)
Modality In presence
Duration 12 hours
Period Second semester

25/03/2024 at 17:00-19:00
11/04/2024 at 19:00-21:00
18/04/2024 at 17:00-19:00 (online)
22/04/2024 at 19:00-21:00
09/05/2024 at 17:00-19:00
13/05/2024 at 17:00-19:00

Course objectives

This short course aims to provide a thorough overview of the various ethical, legal, and social issues of science that may be affected by the international environment, open access, or relationship between national and international institutions, companies, and citizens.

Content summary

This short course provides a thorough overview of scientific research's emerging ethical, legal, and social implications in all domains.

The program covers the following topics in six Sessions:
1. Research Integrity: definitions, field of application, European instruments.
2. Equity, diversity and inclusion: definitions, principle of non-discrimination, instruments for diversity management, opportunities stemming from a diverse environment, how to build an inclusive research infrastructure.
3. Ethics Committees: their role and function in the European Union and Italy.
4. GDPR: fair principles and their application, GDPR framework introduction, rights of
interested parties, different roles in GDPR process.
5. Ethics and privacy in Artificial Intelligence: ethical consequences of artificial intelligence,
regulation and policies.
6. Open data and science, Public engagement and citizen science: introduction to open science, definition of public engagement and citizen science, approaches and practices, impact, examples in different domains.

The course is part of a new training programme specifically designed for students to introduce them to the professional role of managers and operators in Research Infrastructures or Core Facilities.
The programme is run by RItrainPlus (

Teaching methods

Lectures, class discussion and teamwork.


Science Europe – Seven Reasons to Care about Integrity in Research