Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

KU Leuven (KUL) (Belgium) boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. It is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (EUR 365 million in 2012), and is a charter member of League of European Research Universities (LERU). KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. It participates in over 540 highly competitive European research projects (FP7 and Horizon 2020). KU Leuven takes up the 8th place of European institutions hosting ERC grants (as first legal signatories of the grant agreement). To date, the 69 ERC Grantees (including affiliates with VIB and IMEC) confirm that KU Leuven is a breeding ground (49 Starting Grants) and attractive destination for the world’s best researchers. In 136 FP7 Marie Curie Actions, of which 53 Initial Training Networks, hundreds of young researchers have been trained through research and have acquired the necessary skills to transfer their knowledge into the world outside academia. KU Leuven employs 7,018 researchers on its academic staff (2013). 39% of its graduate students and 36% of its postdoctoral researchers are international scholars.

KU Leuven Interdisciplinary Centre for Information Technology and Intellectual Property (CiTiP) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven, with currently a staff of over 40 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation. The centre is a member of iMinds (www.iminds.be). It has a solid track record as an ethical-legal partner in large international and interdisciplinary research projects and is internationally renowned for its expertise in the areas of data protection, privacy and information security law, new media and communications law, information rights management and intellectual property rights. It is currently involved in more than 40 research projects, funded by the EU (FP7 and Horizon 2020), the Belgian Research Council, FWO, and various other parties. Detailed information can be found on http://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/.

Role and main tasks in COMPACT

KUL will be responsible for the tasks concerning the legal and ethical aspects of the project. The work varies from general guidance of the consortium towards legal and ethical compliance, via guidance for privacy/data protection by design workshops and guidance towards ethically compliant trials and testing, to developing LPA for public administrations to prepare their organisations for COMPACT. Moreover, KUL will take up a more managerial role (from within WP1) in order to oversee the legal and ethical actions by the consortium.

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