Statement requests may relate, for example, to the ethics of artificial intelligence research conducted with methods other than those of human science research, the dual use of research, or research whose implementation or results affect biodiversity, the climate or the environment. The ethical review of research on humans or animals is conducted by other ethics committees.
The committee’s statements and activities guide the development of research ethics in the natural, biological and environmental sciences as well as engineering. The committee also offers consultation in matters relating to research ethics, and provides advice for solving research ethics problems.
Senior University Lecturer Ilkka Korpela, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
Senior Advisor Ulla Lahtinen, PhD, Research Services
Associate Professor Johan Ekroos
Professor Emilia Kilpua
Professor Gareth Law
University Lecturer Sirkku Manninen
University Researcher Päivi Mäntyniemi
Professor Jukka Nurminen
Associate Professor Laura Ruotsalainen
Professor Susanne Wiedmer
Associate Professor Indre Zliobaite
Each study connected to a request for a statement must be part of the research activities of the University of Helsinki. The principal investigator of the study must be employed by the University of Helsinki. Project funding, a grant or a visiting principal investigator’s contract at the University of Helsinki for the duration of the project is also considered a sufficient affiliation.
The committee does not review studies that have already commenced.
Please read the instructions for statement requests carefully and be sure to include all the required attachments with your request.
The committee bases its statements on the following required documents written in English:
The potential harm and risks of the study must be described so that the research ethics committee can evaluate the ethics of the study, weighing up possible risks to research participants against the intended scholarly value of the study.
The committee follows the principle of openness as stipulated by the Act on the Openness of Government Activities (621/1999), according to which official documents shall be in the public domain. Consequently, the committee has decided that all documents except research plans and their appendices are considered public documents.
The Committee meetings scheduled for the autumn term 2023 are:
The Committee meetings scheduled for the spring term 2023 are:
Please submit your request for a statement as a single PDF document at least two weeks before the relevant meeting.
You should submit your statement request on this form.