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News article12 February 2021Directorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

Call for applications for membership of the European Group on Ethics launched and open until 22 March 2021

The European Commission is calling for applications with a view to establishing the membership of the next European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE). The 15 successful candidates will serve in their personal capacity to provide independent ethical advice to the highest political level of the EU for a term of at least three years.

The EGE is an independent, multi-disciplinary advisory body, reporting to the President of the European Commission and the College of Commissioners as a whole, tasked with addressing all aspects of Commission policies and legislation where ethical, societal and fundamental rights dimensions intersect with the development of science and new technologies. Since its inception in 1991, the EGE has provided the Commission with high quality and independent advice on manifold ethical issues. In the last three years, advice was provided on topics such as artificial intelligence (2018), the future of work (2018), COVID-19 and health crises (2020) and genome editing (forthcoming).

In addition to professional expertise, members should have a high motivation to serve the mandate of the EGE, be able and willing to provide wisdom, foresight and vision, to take the time to engage in in-depth collective ethical discussion in regular meetings in Brussels and online, to devise and draft analyses and recommendations, to build working relationships of trust and collaboration and to serve independently of other interests. They should offer a broad understanding of current and emerging ethical developments, including an understanding of the role and future of ethics in the EU context, combined with the capacity to engage with inter-, trans- and multi-disciplinary perspectives when addressing contemporary ethical dilemmas.

The application period ended on 22 March 2021 (12:00 noon CET).

The applicants will be contacted by January 2022.

The call for applications specifying the selection criteria and application process can be found below. Applications submitted after the deadline cannot be taken into account.

Questions related to the application process can be addressed to EC-ETHICS-GROUPatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (EC-ETHICS-GROUP[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu).


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Publication date
12 February 2021
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation