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 researchers to think about the ethical aspects of research and to provide solutions that would assure proper compliance with ethical principles and the quality of research conduct.

When planning research, proper evaluation of possible risks caused by the research to persons, communities, and society is necessary; researchers need to have an ethical approval more and more frequently.

The Research Ethics Commission of Kaunas University of Technology (hereinafter – Commission) assesses applications submitted by the University’s employees or doctoral students to conduct an ethical assessment of the planned research which involves human participants (except research that falls within the scope of bioethics*) or includes the collection and/or processing of personal data.

* When planning the biomedical research, which involves humans or their groups, embryos, organs, cells and genetic material, corpses, medical documents as the objects of research, 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 Rules of Procedure of the Research Ethics Commission of Kaunas University of Technology.

The procedure for granting approval to conduct 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 (academic employee or doctoral student) conducting research 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.

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

Applications are processed and the decisions are made by the 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 submission of the Application and the specified appendices.

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 (term of office 03/09/2020 – 02/09/2023)

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

Members:

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