Submit an Abstract 

We are delighted to invite you to submit an abstract, workshop and poster for the Research Ethics Conference 2021 hosted at the University of Exeter on Friday 25th June 2021 via the Hopin conference platform. Here you will find links to make a submission, information on themes and intended learning outcomes and some useful information for placing a submission.


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REC2021 Intended Learning Outcomes

Because we want to encourage innovation, exploration, and breaking down boundaries, the Research Ethics Conference organising committee deliberately opted not to select a conference theme. However, we are interested in the following areas (More information on this below):

  1. How ethics is viewed within your discipline or organisation.

  2. Ethical dilemmas involving different contexts, participants and data.

  3. Decolonising ethics. 


We want to give contributors and attendees an idea of what they will learn by engaging with the event. Obviously, exact learning outcomes will differ according to each participant’s unique session schedule, but the following list provides a summary of the topics that we are encouraging our presenters to cover:

  1. Making decisions about projects – e.g.,

    • What happens when the project is long-term and needs to adapt to changing conditions over time?

    • How do you ethically make quick decisions in the moment?

  2. How ethics are determined – e.g.,

    • Where and how do we learn ethics?

    • Why, and in what ways, do ethics change over time?

    • Can (and should) we try to influence ethics in our disciplines?

  3. Putting ethical theory into practice – e.g.,

    • When working collaboratively, how do you negotiate ethics?

    • What do researchers need to do to gain fluency in the ethical concerns and procedures of other disciplines?

    • What does reflective practice look like and how does it support ethics?

  4. Application of particular techniques and procedures – e.g.,

    • How do you do make sure your techniques and practice is ethical?

    • What does a good ethics application look like?


Potential contributors should not feel constrained by this list – you are more than welcome to suggest a poster or session that covers a different topic – but hopefully this short list of suggestions provides a sense of what you can expect to get out of the event when you attend!

Useful Information

REC2021 Online

We will be hosting our conference on Hopin, which is an online events platform where we are able to create an engaging virtual conference that connects people around the globe. Hopin is a virtual venue with multiple interactive areas (main stage, sessions, networking, expo, posters) that are optimised for connecting and engaging. Attendees can move in and out of rooms just like an in-person event and enjoy the content and connections that REC2021 have planned for you. After exploring various online conference options, the REC2021 team believe that Hopin would be the best to host REC2021.We are able to confirm that we will be able to host live paper sessions, (including panel discussions and roundtables), workshops, and full poster sessions. We will be adding more about REC2021 being hosted on Hopin soon.

Abstract Information

We are looking for abstracts, papers and workshops that convey your understanding of ethics within your disciplinary background, any ethical dilemmas you may have encountered along your research journey and how you have navigated these dilemmas. We are particularly interested in three aspects:
1. How ethics is viewed within your discipline or organisation. We are aiming to have a good mix of presenters from different backgrounds to truly appreciate the divergence of how ethics is understood across different departments, even within the same discipline. If you are planning on submitting an abstract on this topic, please state which department or field your research belongs to on the submission:

  • Ethics in the social sciences.This includes fields such as education, sociology, psychology, anthropology, development studies, political sciences, economics, and social policy.
  • Ethics in the natural sciences. This includes fields such as chemistry, geography, geology, biology, and physics.
  • Ethics in humanities.This includes fields such as philosophy, history, literature, archaeology, law, politics, religion or law.
  • Ethics in formal sciences. This includes fields such as computer science, mathematics, statistics.
  • Ethics in applied sciences.This includes fields such as business, engineering and technology, medicine and healthcare.
2. Ethical dilemmas involving different contexts, participants and data.The following are some questions you have possibly come across depending on the different data you are planning on collecting or have already collected. This may include any primary data involving human participants, animals or tissue samples as well as secondary data analysis. These are some examples of topics you may wish to discuss in your presentation but by no means have we exhausted the many ethical predicaments that could be debated in these sessions. Please take these as inspiration and not as strict questions that need to be addressed!
  • When engaging with human participants, what ethical dilemmas do you confront when dealing with different populations? How do age, class, race, gender, sexuality, geography, (to include but a few socioeconomic factors) affect the way in which you interact with a participant and how does this affect your ethics? What power relationships should you be aware of and how do you navigate these? What does ‘informed consent’ mean in practice and how can you obtain it ethically?
  • When using animals in research, can the use of these animals be justified? Are you using the target animal (e.g., human, shrimp, livestock) or a model organism (e.g., nematodes, Drosophila, mouse)? Is there an alternative animal or model organism you have used? How do these animals fit under Animals Scientific Procedures Act (ASPA) 1986? Will the animals suffer any harm? Have you considered the NC3R’s (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement)?
  • When using tissue samples, how have you considered the source, and if they have been ethically obtained? Are they whole organs or biopsies? How are you making sure your samples ‘last’, reducing the need for collecting more? Are you using tissue from the target animal (e.g., a human) or a model organism (e.g., mouse)? Was the biopsy taken from a live organism, following a natural death, or following an artificial death - and how did you maintain this was ethical?
  • When looking at debates and applied work around AI and Big Data, how does AI reinvent ethics? How do machines affect social dynamics and behaviour? How do we avoid social prejudice and discrimination such as racist, sexist biases to be reproduced in AI? What is the data collated by companies used for? Who is it shared with? How is 'informed consent' redefined?
  • When dealing with secondary data, where does this data come from? How was it collected? In which context was this data collected? Is the organisation or institutional body that conducted the research trustworthy? Who funded the research project?
  • Who is funding your research, and are their goals ethical? Do your goals align with theirs?
  • And finally, a question we should all be asking ourselves throughout our research journey: how does my own subjectivity affect my research work and/or data collection?
3. Decolonising Ethics.In the last few years, debates around decolonising research and decolonial methodologies have been progressively gaining traction, but what exactly does it mean to conduct research from a decolonial perspective? How can we “decolonise ethics”? Questions arise in relation to the traditional roles of researcher/participant, pre-existing power relationships, and the inclusion of the voices of those who have historically been silenced. Conversations around representation and bias are increasingly popular, from social sciences research and fieldwork, to the labs and research groups within the natural sciences departments. A critical reassessment of past research and academic work is taking place, aimed at revising such implicit racist biases. Epistemological questions around what can be considered knowledge, where knowledge is created and by whom, as well as how best to acquire this knowledge become part of the research ethics journey. We must find new ethical praxises through the decolonial turn. We welcome your contributions into this debate which may be inspired by your research praxis, critical theories or your own experience!

Guidelines for Authors

You can submit a proposal as an individual, as co-authors or as a panel. In case of multiple authors, all author names must be stated on the submission. Panel proposals must have a minimum of three and a maximum of five papers. Panel members must also assign a chair to facilitate the session. Workshop proposals will also be considered, please contact us directly on if you would like to discuss. PLEASE NOTE: submitting a proposal does not automatically register you for the conference. To register for the conference, you need to do this through Eventbrite. Delegate Registration opens on the 8th February 2021. Paper requirements:

  • All abstracts need to be written in standard English alongside a maximum of 6 keywords.
  • All abstracts will undergo peer review by at least two reviewers.
  • Abstracts should consist of no fewer than 200 and no more than 400 words.
  • You can include references. References are not included in the word count. You will also have the opportunity to include your reference list in a separate section of the application
  • Symposium/Panel abstracts submissions can include up to 3 – 5 papers/presenters and must include a paragraph about each paper in the symposium including an overview of the symposium/panel.
  • To submit your proposal, please click on the 'Submit an Abstract' link on the 'Abstract Submission' page.
If you have any questions regarding abstract submissions please contact us directly by emailing If you have any questions regarding posters registration, please contact us by emailing

Important Dates for Abstract Submisisons

Call for papers OPENED on the 24th of August 2020. The EXTENDED DEADLINE to submit abstracts is now the 15th March 2021. You will be notified whether your abstract has been ACCEPTED by the 30th of April 2021. Due to the unprecedented uncertainty of the current situation, we ask for a certain degree of flexibility from the accepted abstract candidates. As we endeavour to organise a physical conference (whilst giving attendees the chance to access sessions virtually), we may need to postpone the event. Were this to be the case, we will ask accepted candidates to confirm their participation in the conference at the revised date.

Poster Information

Delegates may prefer to submit a poster; this is an opportunity to be as creative as you like presenting an idea, an experience, or anything else on the topic of research ethics. This poster can be in relation to the research project you are currently working on, side projects or simply your research proposal. During the conference, you will be given a timeslot to present your poster if you wish to do so, addressing any queries or discussions by bystanders. To submit a poster please click the following link. Be as creative as you wish! PLEASE NOTE: Submitting a poster DOES NOT automatically register you for the conference. Please obtain a general registration ticket for the conference through Eventbrite. Any questions, contact us directly by email, What makes a good poster?:

  • Make it bright and eye-catching, but be aware of making it too busy or crowded on the page as this makes it very difficult to read.
  • The poster can take any form you choose, it could be a two dimensional A0 poster but it can also be 3D, a collection of objects that tells a story, a song, a piece of poetry. Be as creative as you wish!
  • Readers should be able to understand the message of your poster without you being there to explain it. It might be a good idea to (briefly) explain the background of your research or work to contextualise your discussion.
  • Include your name and contact details so delegates can speak to you about your work even if you do not see each other at the conference.

Important Dates for Poster Registration

  • The deadline for submitting your poster title and brief abstract is Tuesday 1st June 2021
  • The deadline for submitting all materials is Friday 11th June 2021

Workshop Registration

We are looking for workshop relating to the theory and practice of research ethics across all displines. When registering for a workshop, please remember that this confernece is cross-displinary with external stakeholders also in attendance. We welcome new and experienced workshop presenters. For any questions please email and adress your email to Tracey.