Ethics are integral to the conduct of research, from the design of projects, to the collection and analysis of data, and finally to the publication and communication of findings and recommendations. On one hand, ethics strengthens the quality of research while on the other hand, the qualities of a researcher which include ethical sensitivity. Following ethical norms and principles has several benefits for both researchers and participants. Firstly, they help to promote the general aims of research, such as the search for knowledge and the intention to avoid error. Secondly, ethics promote values that are central to successful collaboration, including respect, trust and accountability. Thirdly, they are an important part of holding researchers accountable to societies and communities, which in turn builds public trust in and support for research. In research, it is important that ethical approval be given before the commencement of a research project. In fact, it is now standard practice that research including human participants should be approved prior to commencement by the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee.
Professor Constantinos Phellas Senior Vice Rector
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences
Constantinos Phellas is the Senior Vice Rector at the University of Nicosia. Prof. Phellas received an MSc in Management Science and Operational Research from the University of Warwick, UK and an MSc in Advanced Social Research Methods and Statistics from City University London, UK. In 1998, Prof. Phellas obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex, UK. Prof. Phellas has more than two decades of teaching experience both in the UK and Cyprus and has been involved in several research projects funded by the Cyprus Research Council, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Commission and the Council of Europe. He has served as a consultant to various organizations including, among others, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Belgian Science Policy Council and the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. Prof. Phellas also serves as an evaluator for European Funding Agencies and holds official European and Governmental appointments; among others, he is the Chair of the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee, Chair of the Parliamentary Chamber for Civil Society, a member of the Bureau of the Council of Europe’s Bioethics Committee (DH-BIO), a member of the Cyprus National Transplant Board, a member of the Cyprus Board for Medically Assisted Reproductive Medicine, a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. Prof. Phellas has published extensively and has attended several international conferences