Research Ethics

 

Purpose and scope

The assessment of the compliance with research ethics is recognized as an integral part of the researcher’s activities in the world. Such assessment is becoming one of the research planning tools that helps the researcher to think about the ethical aspects of the research and to provide solutions that would assure proper compliance with ethical principles and the quality of research conduct.

When planning research it is necessary to properly evaluate the possible risks caused by the research to persons, communities, and society; the researcher needs to have an ethical approval more and more frequently.

The Research Ethics Commission of Kaunas University of Technology (hereinafter – Commission) assess applications submitted by the University’s employees or doctoral students to conduct an ethical assessment of the planned research, which involves the human participants (except research that falls within the scope of bioethics*), as well as when conducting research that collects and/or processes personal data.

* When planning the biomedical research, i. e. such research, the objects of which may be humans or their groups, embryos, organs, cells and genetic material, corpses, medical documents, it is required to apply to the Lithuanian Bioethics Committee or the regional (Vilnius or Kaunas) biomedical research ethics committee.

 

Documents

The functions, structure and work organization procedure of the Commission are defined in the Regulation of the Procedure of the Research Ethics Commission of Kaunas University of Technology.

The procedure for granting approval for the conduction of the planned research is regulated by the Guidelines for the Assessment of Research Ethics at Kaunas University of Technology.

Application

In order to obtain the Approval of the Commission, the researcher conducting the research (academic employee or doctoral student) as an Applicant submits to the Commission an Application for the assessment of the ethics of the planned research by email tyrimu.etika@ktu.lt.

The Applications are accepted until the 10th day of each month, except for July and August.

The Applications are processed and the decisions are made by Commission within 15 (fifteen) working days after the deadline for the submission of Applications.

The Research Ethics Self-Assessment Questionnaire must be completed before submitting the Application. The University’s employee or doctoral student makes a decision on the necessity to submit to the Commission an Application for the assessment of the ethics of the planned research, taking into account the recommendation of the completed Research Ethics Self-Assessment Questionnaire regarding the Application and the specified annexes.

The activities of the Commission are regulated taking into account the Guidelines for Ethical Review approved by the Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

Commission

Chairperson of the Commission
Ramunė Kasperė – Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (tenure 03/09/2020 – 02/09/2023)

Vice-Chairperson of the Commission
Adriana Kviklienė – Director of the Department of Research Affairs (tenure 03/09/2020 – 02/09/2023)

Members:

  • Jurga Duobienė – Associate Professor of the School of Economics and Business (tenure 03/09/2020 – 02/09/2023)
  • Raminta Pučėtaitė – Associate Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (tenure 09/06/2021 – 08/06/2024)
  • Živilė Stankevičiūtė – Associate Professor of the School of Economics and Business (tenure 03/09/2020 – 02/09/2023)
  • Alvija Šalaševičienė – Researcher of the Food Institute (tenure 03/09/2020 – 02/09/2023)
  • Gintarė Tautkevičienė – Director of the Library (tenure 03/09/2020 – 02/09/2023)
  • Lina Vilčinskaitė – Lawyer of the Legal and Procurement Office (tenure 09/06/2021 – 08/06/2024)
  • Kęstutis Zaleckis – Professor of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture (tenure 09/06/2021 – 08/06/2024)
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