The University’s efforts to ensure – to the best of its abilities – that research is dealt with in an unimpeachably ethical way also express its commitment to excellence and high quality. This is why on 26 October 2016, the University Executive passed a resolution establishing the Committee for the Ethics of Security-Relevant Research at the University of Passau.
By decision of the University Executive of 10 July 2019, the Committee for the Ethics of Security-Relevant Research was renamed University Research Ethics Committee (or 'Ethics Committee' for short) on 1 October 2019. Since then, the Ethics Committee has offered advice on safety-relevant and ethical aspects of research (see § 2(2) of the guidelines).
|Faculty of Law||Professor Bettina Noltenius||Professor Sebastian Martens|
|Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems||Professor Jan Hendrik Schumann (Chair)||Professor Oliver Entrop|
|Faculty of Arts and Humanities||Professor Martina Padmanabhan||Professor Susanne Mayr|
|Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics||Professor Brigitte Forster-Heinlein (Deputy Chair)||Professor Gordon Fraser|
Eligible applicants are researchers from the University of Passau. If you, as a researcher of the University of Passau, would like to submit an application to the Ethics Committee, you will find further information below.
Please submit your application to the Ethics Committee in German or English using the application form provided for this purpose.
Please submit your application in good time before starting your research activities. Please note that the processing time from the submission of your application to the resolution takes at least six weeks. Despite complete and conscientious application, there may be inquiries and requests for additional documents, which extend the processing time.
Subject to further legal requirements, the Ethics Committee declares by resolution to which extent, in its opinion, the implementation of the research project appears justifiable in terms of ethical and / or security-relevant risks (with modifications and requirements, e. g. for risk minimization).
The letter from the Ethics Committee, in which it declares its decision, can be submitted to third-party donors or journals along with your research application or paper, if requested.
The Ethics Committee will advise you on ethical aspects of research in relation to your research project as outlined in the application, if there are risks to human dignity, life, health, freedom, property, animals, the environment or peaceful coexistence within your research project.
In addition, the ethics committee advises on security-relevant aspects of research. Security relevance exists in particular if the research project relates to objects and technologies that are related to the development of weapons or there is a direct risk of abuse with regard to the subject of research ("Dual Use Research of Concern"). A risk of abuse exists especially if the research project produces knowledge, products or technologies which can be misused (possibly by third parties) for significant harmful purposes.
25 January 2020