Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Frontiers in Best Practice in Research Ethics

21 September 2022, 10:00 am–2:00 pm


UCL Research Ethics Committee Inaugural Conference. This is a HYBRID event.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni






Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Common Ground
G11 Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL

As part of UCL’s Enhancing Research Culture Programme, supported by Research England to enhance its research culture, UCL’s Research Ethics Committee is delighted to invite you to join its Inaugural Conference Frontiers in Best Practice in Research Ethics on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 from 10.00 to 14.00 at IAS (Institute of Advanced Studies) Common Ground, Wilkins Building, UCL. The event will take place in-person and online.


  • 9.30-10.00 Registration, tea & coffee

Chaired by Professor Lynn Ang and Professor Michael Heinrich, Co-Chairs of UCL Research Ethics Committee

  • 10.00-10.05 Welcome and opening remarks by Professor Geraint Rees, Vice Provost (Research, Innovation and Global Engagement,) UCL
  • 10.05-10.25 Mr Paul Comerford, Principal Technology Adviser in the Regulatory Futures and Innovation Directorate, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Ms Rebecca Reilly-Cooper, Senior Policy Officer, Regulatory Assurance Department, ICO.

Presentation title: TBC

  • 10.25-10.45 Professor Dominic Wilkinson, Director of Medical Ethics Director of Medical Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, UK

Is it right to put others at risk? The ethical basis of human challenge studies

  • 10.45-11.15 Dr Nicole Brown, Associate Professor, IOE Head of Research Ethics and Integrity, UCL

Ethics in a changing social sciences landscape

  • 11.05 -11.30 Tea/coffee break
  • 11.30-11.50 Dr Nicolas Gold, Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Computer Science Research Ethics Committee, UCL

Building Bridges: Research with Distant Participants

  • 11.50-12.10 Dr Quinn DuPont, Adjunct Professor, School of Information, The University British Columbia

Guiding principles for ethical cryptocurrency, blockchain, and DLT research

  • 12.10-12.40 Roundtable discussion

Chaired by Professor Sarah Edwards, Professor of Bioethics, Faculty of Engineering Science, UCL.

Participants include:

- Mr Peter Pitts

President and co-founder of the Centre for Medicine in the Public Interest, Former Associate Commissioner of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

- Dr Peter Novitzky

Senior Research Fellow, PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

- Dr Jillian Craigie

Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Centre of Medical Law & Ethics, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

  • 12.40-13.00 Q & A
  • 13.00-14.00 Lunch and Networking reception
  • 14.00 Conference ends


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