Welcome to the EJP SOIL Ethics Board

The Ethics Board is composed of five independent specialists in ethics and legal matters relevant for the implementation of EJP SOIL. The board is selected based on expertise in ethics and legal matters, their independence from EJP SOIL beneficiaries and their interest in the scope of the EJP SOIL.

Members of the EJP SOIL Ethics Board (Image – From the left)

  • Prof. emeritus Mary Ritter, International ambassador Climate KIC & Professor emeritus Immunology, ICL
  • Dr. Nikolai Svoboda, Geographer, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
  • Helmut Hönigmayer, M.Sc., Researcher and GDPR officer, Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)
  • Dr. Josette Jacobs, Philosophy teacher and researcher, Wageningen University (WU)
  • Dr. Bernard Mallet, Senior scientist, French national agency for research (ANR)

Read more about each Ethic Board member on the EJP SOIL Website.

The role of Ethics Board

 The Ethics Board tasks include:

  • Identify and monitor the ethics issues involved in the overall EJP SOIL program activities:
    • the process of selection of research topics for calls,
    • the composition of the review board for proposals,
    • data management and protection,
    • potential ethics issues in the projects funded under the internal and external calls
  • Provide feedback and guidance on compliance with H2020 ethics and research integrity standards throughout the EJP SOIL program implementation
  • Assess the deliverables related to the development of ethical and legal framework and data protection and data management plans, and will provide quality assurance with regard to completeness and compliance of these deliverables.
  • Draft annual reports on the compliance with H2020 ethics and research integrity standards of the activities performed by the EJP SOIL program and in the funded projects from the start of the project until the end of the period covered.

The Ethics Board members and the EJP SOIL Coordination met for the first time on Thursday 8 October 2020. At this meeting, the Ethics Board was given a warm welcome and was introduced to the EJP SOIL programme and its current and planned activities. The meeting was an opportunity to get to know each other, ask further questions about the programme and to understand the Ethics requirements and important role and responsibilities of the Ethics Board.