Ethics & STICs
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date_range Starts on January 2, 2024
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What does integrity in research mean and why is it important to follow an ethical conduct in your research work? Entering a PhD programme, you are moving from a student’s position, where your main responsibility was to acquire and demonstrate acquisition of knowledge, into a position of producing knowledge. This creates new relationships with coworkers and your hosting institutions, new expectations, and new responsibilities towards science and society in general.

To help you understand these changes, the STIC doctoral school of the University Paris-Saclay provides this course to all its students. It balances a pragmatic “must know” perspective, which can and must be acquired easily and fast, with more conceptual developments aimed at opening you up to the uncertainties and risks that are specific to your scientific domain.

This course is focused on the specific types of ethical issues encountered in information technologies, which deserve specific attention. If answering an ethical dilemma in bioethics is often akin to answering the question ""who are we?"", technology ethics triggers more questions of the type ""where are we going?"". This, in our opinion, deserves a broad exposure.

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This course is addressed to all PhD students and researchers in Information & Communication Sciences & Technologies, with no particular prerequisites.



  • The Doctoral Contract (researcher as a subject under law and an employee),
  • Research Integrity (producing science correctly),
  • Research Ethics (producing science responsibly),
  • Computer and Information Ethics (how these apply to your research context),
  • Intellectual property (researcher as a producer and consumer of value),
  • Scientific Communication and Open Science and Internet Ethics (disseminating knowledge publicly),
  • Privacy and Personal data (protecting our digital selves),
  • Emerging issues in Computer and Information Ethics (what’s next).


Thomas Baudel
Research Director at the IBM France Lab and member-at-large of the STICs doctoral school of the University Paris-Saclay. An alumni of University of Paris-Sud, he has worked at Silicon Graphics, Alias|Wavefront, ILOG and IBM as a researcher in the industry. Conducting research in a private company involves addressing many legal, ethical and deontological considerations, which made him want to share his experience with young researchers.

Arnaud Billion
Arnaud Billion is specialized in International Copyright Law, graduated from King's College London and University of Strasbourg. He works as a referee for AI and IT ethics at IBM France Center for Advanced Studies, and operates several open innovation projects. His domains of interests encompass Intellectual Property Law applied to IT, Information Ethics and Computable Law.


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Université Paris-Saclay

The Université Paris-Saclay was designed in 2019 to develop the continuum of knowledge from fundamental to applied sciences at a level unprecedented in France, emphasising interdisciplinarity and openness to the world. It is the successor to the University of Paris-Sud-XI, founded on 1 January 1971, and its aim is to advance knowledge of the major issues facing society through research of the highest international standard. Université Paris-Saclay provides students with a forward-looking educational framework and content. Ongoing interaction between laboratories and socio-economic players enables the results of cutting-edge research to be transformed into innovations.

The nineteen founding institutions bring to Université Paris-Saclay the strengths for which they are renowned: a close link between education and research, laboratories and major research facilities of international standards, an international reputation for engineering and management courses, and a wide range of high-level courses.

This programme, funded by IDEX Paris-Saclay in addition to the resources provided by the partners, will support the creation of MOOCs and SPOCs for the University's students, as well as continuing education courses for the socio-economic world, with which there are already strong contacts.




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