Research events in 2014 | University of Tartu Centre of Ethics

Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003 Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6339
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17–103, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Research events in 2014

 

Conferences

10th-11th December the 7th values development conference titled "Good School as Values Based School. How to End Bullying in Schools?" took place. The aim of the conference was to look at the Good School model in light of the issues surrounding bullying and safe school environment. Conference program and more information.

28th November in co-operation with the office of Chancellor of Justice conference titled "Will of the People: Formed or Expressed by Law?" took place. The aim of the conference was to look at some of the following issues: should laws express or be formed by laws? Is the legal sphere based on the value sphere or vice versa? How much weight should be given to minorities in lawmaking when their interests conflict with the majority?

4th June conference titled "Value education in home and in the kindergarten" took place. The aim of the conference was to discuss what makes a good kindergarten and to introduce various value education methods and practises.

Colloquia and seminars

28th October a colloquim titled "Personalized medicine: According to Need or Opportunity?". The issues concerning realizing personal medicine in everyday pracise were under discussion. Also what should be our expectations and understanding of personalized medicine. Video (in Estonian).

15th-16th Centre for Ethics took part of the Festival of Opinion Culture where we played the Values Game for teachers.

3rd Aprill Roger Brownsword held a public lecture titled "Big Biobanks: Three Major Governance Challenges"

29th May a colloquim titled "Living Together: How and with Whom?" where Liis Arrak and Toomas Jürgenstein discussed the Cohabitation Act, the discussion was moderated by Kadri Simm. Video (in Estonian).

13th-14th February a worksop on the topic of disaster medicine and ethical aspects of refugees was held. Presentations on the issues were given by: Eva Piirimäe, Dónal O’Mathúna, Eero Janson, Eleni Kalokairinou, Ayesha Ahmad, Emanuele Valenti, Goran Mijaljica, Kadri Simm, Johan von Schreeb.

Competition of research-based ethical cases

Dear researcher! Dear PhD student!

Centre for Ethics of the University of Tartu and Estonian Research Council invite you to participate in the competition of research-based ethical cases. We would like to receive cases about the everyday research practice that contain potential value conflicts or dilemmas and enable different solutions. You are very welcome to send your cases!

The deadline is May 13, 2014. Participants have the chance to win the main prize – e-reader – and several smaller prizes (books, memory sticks). Every situation that you send will count in the lottery. The winners will get their prizes in the research ethics seminar „Allowed and prohibited in research“, which takes place on June 6, 2014 in Tallinn.

We are waiting for the descriptions of situations that

-          concern publication of research results, authorship, ownership of research results, distributing resources, reliability of research results, conflicts of interest (in reviewing or in the distribution of research grants), conflicts between different parties (supervisor-student, colleague-colleague, researcher-funder) and conflicts between the different roles of the researcher etc.

-          are not regulated by legislation but contain an ethical dilemma (for instance, a conflict of different values such as honesty vs loyalty, autonomy vs solidarity, freedom vs responsibility).     

On the basis of the cases, the Centre for Ethics will create an innovative dialogue tool – „The Values Game for Researchers“ – which can be used in the discussions of questions of research ethics in teaching, seminars and conferences. The cases are used anonymously.

The Centre for Ethics has a good experience with the use of value dilemmas in the discussion of ethical questions in different fields: we have collected value dilemmas from teachers, officers, doctors, politicians, officials, librarians and museum workers.  

Please send the descriptions of your situations to Triin Käpp, Project Manager of the Centre for Ethics, via e-mail triin.kapp [ät] ut.ee by May 13, 2014. Triin can also give you additional information about the competition. 

There are some examples below in order to give you an idea of what we expect.

An example of a conflict of interest in research ethics:

Tartu University Press has asked professor Kask to review a book. It is a textbook of developmental psychology and it has been written by a former student of prof. Kask. Prof. Kask is currently writing a textbook about the introduction to developmental psychology himself. The writing style of his former student is very similar to him, which is not surprising as prof. Kask has been the author’s teacher. If this textbook will be published and it turns out to be successful, it is unlikely that any publisher or reader is interested in prof. Kask’s textbook. What should prof. Kask do in this situation?   

The following example derives from the discussion of the values of the University of Tartu.

A faculty is electing a new Assistant Professor. There are two candidates in the final round. The first candidate has published several highly appreciated international publications and s/he has been invited to give lectures in several conferences abroad, but as a lecturer s/he has formerly received very negative feedback from his students. According to the students, the lecturer is not interested in the worries and questions of the students, s/he is not helpful, is too rigid in requirements and does not give any feedback.  

The second candidate has received excellent feedback from his/her students. S/he is praised for his/her ability to motivate students to learn and for his/her flexibility. However, the second candidate has few publications and these few also belong to the field of local popular science.

Half of the members of the election committee support the first candidate, the other half is for the second candidate. There is only one expert who has not voted yet and who can make the final decision. What would you do if you were the expert? How would you choose?