Institute for Science and Ethics

Science & Ethics synergies for responsible innovations

About us

The Institute for Science and Ethics supports and accompanies private or academic organizations to develop ethical approaches and frameworks, to help forming value-based collaborations and allows to better assess and monitor any innovation products or concepts.

This is based on solid collaboration with our experts: scientists in the marine and health sectors, experts in IT and digitalization, philosopher and social scientists.

The institute offers also the development of communication strategies towards policy makers and various stakeholders in science.

Applied Ethics -Through reflection and implementation of methodologies, the Institute provides solutions to minimize risks linked to any innovative projects.

Diagnostic of innovation impact

  • …to identify the main potential short-term or long-term impact of the development of new technologies on human health, the environment, protection of the person and geo-politics.

Identification of legal framework

  • …when innovations do not fall into specific legislation but are linked to several existing regulations at national and European levels.


  • …this creative process, co-designed with the main interested party, aims at producing and communicating new ideas to develop methodologies to  overcome the ethical challenges.


  • …of the methodologies which include specific actions to ensure the protection of persons, to minimize the impact on the environment / human health. Where severe ethical issues, Ethical committees can be implemented in correlation with the sector of interest.

Our Founder


Dr Michèle Barbier, is a marine biologist educated in the medical field and has more than 20-year experience in marine sciences and in management of large international consortium. She is now Independent Ethics Expert for the European Commission and has been involved in many projects dealing with Intellectual Property Rights and legislation.

She has a long experience as scientific officer in an inter-governmental organisation setting dialogue with Policy makers and various stakeholders.

She is now co-coordinator of the section France of the International Association for Promoting GeoEthics – IAPG.

Please see CV here: CV_Michèle Barbier


Ethics & legislation

    • Marine bioprospecting & Nagoya protocol, UNCLOS 
    • Data protection & EU regulation 2016/679

Ethical design

  • Reflection & discussion on innovative products/concepts

    • Co-design methodologies to overcome issues.
    • Set-up dialogue with policy-makers to inform. 
      • Marine Biotechnology
      • Seaweed Aquaculture
      • Ocean observation
      • Connected objects 

Dialogue with Policy makers

  • Set-up Dialogue with Policy makers and various stakeholders.

    • Design of guidelines or white papers related to different topics.
    • Identification of the main stakeholders for dissemination

Stakeholder Management

  • Management of major scientific consortia or WPs.

    • Respect cultural difference and human
    • International dimension

Scientific communication

  • Definition of strategies for communication towards policy makers, scientists, the public at large and economic actors. 

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Contact Us

31 avenue Maréchal Foch,

06 000 Nice – France

Tel : + 336 3307 9899









Institute for Science and Ethics