Our ethical framework

Establishing a sustainable mechanism will face many ethical challenges. Indeed, when various actors from different spheres (politics, academia, lobbyism, media, etc.) are called upon to interact within one process as complex as a new science-policy interface, integrity and credibility are at high risk of being compromised if ethical risks are not adequately addressed. In order to limit those risks, we have set up:

  • an ethical infrastructure that guides (and regulates) interactions among internal actors of the mechanism (Knowledge Coordination Body, Secretariat, Expert Working Groups, etc.) as well as with external actors (requesters, stakeholders, etc.). Three groups of measures will complement each other: guidance, management and control.
  • a formative evaluation that will ensure timely feedback from everyone involved in and dealing with the processes handled by EKLIPSE (internal and external actors). The formative evaluation provides advice for ensuring joint learning, improving processes, and adjusting our structure and procedures. Evaluation guidelines with criteria and indicators will be elaborated to be used when the mechanism becomes self-sustaining.
  • criteria that will guide both the ethical infrastructure as well as the formative evaluation. In a joint and iterative process criteria, such as credibility, relevance and legitimacy (e.g. CRELE), will be identified and used throughout the mechanism.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 25th May 2018, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was brought into law. EKLIPSE guarantees the respectful and secure use of personal data, exclusively for the purposes of communicating to the public about our activities and for engaging with societal actors through our requests and expert groups. EKLIPSE is a science research project in the public interest therefore personal data relating to our mailing lists is processed under the lawful basis of consent and personal data relating to our requests and expert groups is processed under public task. EKLIPSE is currently coordinated by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). The CEH privacy notice contains further information on the purpose and lawful basis for processing personal data.