The key aim of this initiative is to promote responsible and sustainable research as well as critical reflection on the benefits and risks associated with it. Particularly with regard to the exploration and implementation of new technologies, it is imperative that innovation and technical development not be the sole focus and that moral aspects are also considered right from the start.

Relevant questions are often identified in group discussions based on the criteria of ELSI—Ethical, Legal and Social Implications. Ethical implications relate, for example, to the limitation of autonomy, while legal aspects deal with issues such as data privacy and social implications take societal consequences into account.

Focusing on interdisciplinary research, all stakeholders should be involved in this discussion so that expertise from different perspectives and disciplines can be brought together and a holistic assessment can take place.

The challenge of such an assessment is that research is an ongoing process and not all relevant points can be considered in advance. Evaluations must therefore be dynamically adapted to the current state of research and continuously called into question. This solution-oriented approach enables responsible research to be carried out during the development of new technologies so that potential undesirable consequences can be identified and eliminated at an early stage.


Responsible AI
Funding: Responsible AI. Winners of the RRC 2023

Two research-projects have been chosen as winners: “AI4NAPP”, which aims to develop a new model of production planning that considers a holistic sustainability approach and “ML4RW”, which aims to address the issues of reducing food waste and improving energy utilization efficiency through the design of more accurate time-series-prediction machine-learning algorithms. The ARRTI-Team and -Network congratulates the winners and is excited to support the two projects as ARRTI-Fellows in the coming months.

Deutsche Telekom Award
Deutsche Telekom Award

On 18 July 2023, the Deutsche Telekom Female Excellence Award, endowed with a total of €7,500, was presented for the first time at the ARRTI Academy evening in the Triangle building. The patroness of the event was Claudia Nemat, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and Heinrich Hertz Guest Professor.

The theme of the international competition was "Ethics of digitization", picking up on the current trend towards critical discussion of topics related to research on AI and AI-supported systems. The focus was deliberately on the positive aspects of AI and in particular on how AI can help us to orientate ourselves more responsibly in an increasingly complex world. Of the many outstanding submissions, two stood out in particular, so the jury decided to award one prize in the STEM subjects and another in the humanities and social sciences.

Ethics in the Lab Workshopsmalllikeheart /
Ethic in the Labs: A Workshop for Junior Scientists

Always at the start of a semester, ARRTI offers a workshop for junior scientists on how to address moral challenges in their work.


The workshop provides general skills and knowledge of research ethics needed for scientists to address the questions raised above. Participants attain the skills to rationally reflect on their role as a scientist from an ethical standpoint, including the specific expectations that role involves in a broader social context. The workshop will show that successful research goes hand in hand with ethical and responsible research.


Watch for current dates in our calendar!

Podcast: Gute wissenschaftlichen Praxis in Zeiten der Ukraine-Krise

Wie sind die aktuellen Vorgaben der DFG und des BMBF in Bezug auf Kooperationen mit Russland insbesondere vor dem Hintergrund der Regeln guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis zu bewerten? Wie konsistent und weitsichtig sind diese Vorgaben, wenn Forschungsvorhaben mit Russland früher gepusht wurden und heute noch mit Ländern wie China vorangetrieben werden, die ein ähnliches oder vielleicht noch größeres Gefährdungspotential wie Russland aufweisen?


Gäste: Der Generalsekretär der Humboldt Stiftung, Enno Aufderheide, der Vizepräsident des KIT, Thomas Hirth, der Leiter der Abteilung Europäische und internationale Zusammenarbeit beim BMBF, Armin Reinartz, Mareike Ohlberg, Senior Fellow beim Asia Programm der German Marshall Fund, und andere.




A complete overview of all our events can be found here.


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