HYBRIDA at the irecs research ethics cluster kick-off

On the 27th of September 2023, the research ethics cluster organised by the EU-finded project irecs kicked-off with a virtual meeting and HYBRIDA was there. The aim of the irecs research ethics cluster is to meet and discuss work conducted and share preliminary findings of the participating EU-funded projects and networks focusing on research ethics and research integrity, but, also, to establish synergies and sustain cooperation across these projects and networks.

HYBRIDA at the ENRIO 2023 Congress

In the context of the 2023 meeting of European Network of Research integrity, ENRIO 2023, organised in Paris at the Jussieu campus of Sorbonne University on 7th and 8th September, several activities were organised by HYBRIDA members. Panagiotis Kavouras presented a synoptic poster capturing all the main issues raised by research on organoids and how the different work packages of HYBRIDA address these issues. On Friday 8thSeptember around 12 people gathered for a 1h30 workshop dedicated to discuss the analysis, results and proposals of WP2 and WP5. Workshop participants were coming from Canada, France, Ghana, Germany, Greece, Nigeria, Norway. They were either active members of ethics committees (Luxembourg, France, Greece, UNESCO’s IBC) or trainees ‘s (PhD students or post-docs). The work already delivered by HYBRIDA was very positively recognised. Questions came on the way to implement the newly proposed Health Technology Assessment (HTA) methods (visionary HTA) and the Operational Guidelines (OGLs), particularly how to access and store the questionnaires concerning the metadata associated with organoids. A main issue was also the informed consent and the difficult question of its withdrawal considering the amount of work and engineering of organoids. The innovative proposals such as the consent for governance of biobanks and the role of a third party representing the donors of cells or human tissues, and the proposal of anticipating what donors could accept or not with the donor’s wish list, were highly supported. Finally, on Friday 8th afternoon, WP4 organised a focus group meeting to deepen several issues of the latest draft of OGLs. Here again before any remark and proposal to improve our text, the 10 people gathered unanimously recognised the importance of the work and its quality. Fruitful comments will help us to improve the document.

2nd General Assembly meeting

The project’s 2nd General Assembly meeting took place in Rome on the 27th and 28th of April 2023. As HYBRIDA entered the final year of the project, the consortium partners, together with Advisory Board members, had the opportunity to meet in person and discuss the project’s developments and future plans in the hospitable environment of The Pontifical Academy for Life premises.

HYBRIDA at the ResBios Final Conference

On December 7th, 2022 the EU-funded project ResBios organised its final conference “Responsibility in research & innovation. Challenges for the biosciences and future policies” in Brussels (hybrid event). Eleni Spyrakou (National Technical University of Athens) presented HYBRIDA’s work and progress in Session 2 – “Towards a new “social contract” between R& and society” and had the opportunity to exchange fruitful ideas focusing on how to create a social space to put or foster the “responsibility” within the current trends in science and innovation, taking also into account the proposals of the ResBios Manifesto. 

International Research Retreat “Ethical, legal and social aspects of human cerebral organoids and their governance in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.A.”

On 8-12 August 2022, PhD students and Early Career Researchers with expertise in the field had the opportunity to meet and interact at the International Research Retreat “Ethical, legal and social aspects of human cerebral organoids and their governance in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.A.” in Tübingen, Germany. Tine Ravn (Aarhus University) and Maxence Gaillard (University of Oslo) were there representing HYBRIDA.

HYBRIDA at the 5th European Technology Assessment Conference

The 5th European Technology Assessment Conference took place from 25 to 27 July 2022 in Karlsruhe. Researchers from all over the world gathered at the Center of Art and Media (ZKM) and exchanged ideas regarding “Digital Future(s): TA in and for a Changing World”. Panagiotis Kavouras, on behalf of HYBRIDA, presented in Session 1 “Ethical Reflections in the Assessment of Technologies I” the results of the scoping review study of WP3 on the debates pertaining to organoid research.