Ethics Advisory Board

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To guarantee the streamlining of ethics standards throughout all phases of MATILDE activities, an Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) is established from the onset of the project. The EAB is composed of five members with expertise from different backgrounds including on ethics issues, research with vulnerable groups, privacy and data protection and minority issues. The Board provides support to MATILDE project in terms of ensuring compliance with the ethics plan on issues such as ensuring the standards for interviewing vulnerable groups, data treatment and security aspects are met. The EAB is chaired by the members listed below.

Roland Psenner

President of Eurac Research and former vice rector at the University of Innsbruck, with a background in biochemistry and microbiology. Vice President of the Council of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and Head of the National Committee “Global Change” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Cécile Kyenge

Italian politician and ophthalmologist. She was the Minister for Integration in the 2013–14 Letta Cabinet. From 2014 until 2018, she was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). During her time in parliament, she was a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Francesco Palermo

Director of the Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research, Bolzano and Full Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Verona; Member of the Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union; Former President of the Advisory Committee under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Liise Lehtsalu

Research Support Officer at Eurac Research. Historian and an experienced research support officer with expertise in open access, research data management, and research ethics in proposals for funding and funded projects.

Hanna Pfattner

Collaborator Legal Office, Data Protection Officer at Eurac Research. Lawyer (Bar Exam District Court of Bolzano) and expert on aspects of privacy law, contracts, intellectual property. 

Laura Assmuth

Professor of Social Policy at the University of Eastern Finland with background in social anthropology and sociology. Specialist in borders, migration and mobility studies. Research interests include family mobility and inequalities of mobility.

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