Valentin MURESAN, PhD

Professor PhD in Moral Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest | ROMANIA

He published papers in moral philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, Hare), and in applied ethics (ethics management in organizations, 2009; happiness, duty and ethical decision, 2010). He published several volumes on topics of moral philosophy and general philosophy and is interested on applied ethics (institutionalizing ethics) and of the theoretical ethics.
He translated and edited several works. He recently developed several ethical decision and ethical training tools, such as on line self-training tool, bi-leveled utilitarian method of ethical decision, pluralist method of ethical decision making, and so on. He adapted other methods: matrix ethics, principlist method, the casuistry method etc.
He proposes a procedure for creating codes of ethics, starting from the principlist method and advocates for codes of ethics based on explicit moral principles. For moral acceptability of public policies or some technologies, he proposes the pluralistic method that combines various tests and Delphi method for ethics in an original overall scheme.
Areas of interest: ethical theories; Management of ethics in organizations; Research Ethics.



Professor PhD, Stefan cel Mare University from Suceava | ROMANIA

He introduced the contemporary non-generic universality perspective in the understanding of the Being.He inaugurated the integrated semiotic study of the philosophical discourse and introduced the idea of semiotic expressivity. He introduced the theme of the European Philosophical Databases System (EUPHIDAS), the (copyrighted!) concept of the Romanian Online Philosophical Encyclopaedia, created the first Romanian Philosophy Internet Database System (ROPHIDAS) – a Romanian Academy funded project, discontinued now and wrote about the impact of TIC on philosophical research, on university teaching, on social work, on human security, on local public administration a.o. He created / co-created the 2nd, 3rd & 4th exclusively online Romanian philosophical journals (among the first in CEE): ROPHIR, ROSLIR & ROCSIR (1998-2008 – discontinued now. Under topics related to Human Being & Technology, he organized / co-organized several Round Tables during the last two World Congresses of Philosophy (Athens, 2013; Seoul, 2008) and various conferences: PHEADE & EPHES conferences (2009-2015: Suceava; Pune – India; online); Technological Singularity (Suceava, 2009 – first in CEE); Human Being in the Contemporary Society (UNESCO’s high patronage – Volgograd, 2007).

During various international conferences (India, Jordan, Korea, Mexic, Russia a.o.) he was a key and/or a plenary speaker. He teaches courses in Philosophy and Social Sciences at „Ştefan cel Mare” University from Suceava, Romania and supervise doctoral students interested in Philosophy & Technoethics. Informally, he is the team leader of the EPHES (Ethics Philosophy and Engineering in Society) Research Centre from this university. He is member of several international professional associations and founding President of the, unique in EU, Romanian Society for Philosophy Engineering and Technoethics. He is member of various editorial boards of international journals. He had various ERASMUS teaching assignments in EU (Portugal, Italy, Greece). His activity has also several other dimensions: Fractal Art Creator (probably the best known from Romania), Travel Vlogger (first exclusively 360°), Poet and Inventor. Current research interests:  interactions between complexity, information, Human Being and technology.

Plenary speech: “Beyond the implications of the Global Technological Risks”.



Alexandrina Maria PAUCEANU

Assistant Professor PhD Dhofar University | OMAN

Senior manager with over 10 years of national and international experience, having a PhD degree in organisation management, national/international teaching experience and experience in multicultural and multilingual environments. I am also member in prestigious professional organizations like Academy of Management, U.S. Association for small business and entrepreneurship, etc. Among my research interests I can enlist: tourism, business performance, management, international management, business and business administration. Also I was invited to be a key speaker at AREC conference in Amman, Jordan this year.
The most recent publications are:
1. Păuceanu A.M., – Strategies for improving the performance of firms operating in Oman tourism industry, International Research Conference on Business, Economics and Social Sciences, IRC-2014, Dubai, UAE
2. Păuceanu A.M., Hammouri S.M. – Strategic Energy Management in Oman, Arab Renewable Energy Commission, Energy Economy & Energy Management Forum for MENA, May 2015/Amman-Jordan



Associate Professor PhD – University „Stefan cel Mare” Suceava | ROMANIA

Doctor of Philosophy (Philosophy of Science domain), with thesis the „Antinomies mathematical and transcendental and their destiny in the contemporary Philosophy and Science”, he is also licensed in Psychology and has a master in Psychology and Psychosocial Intervention and Psychotherapy. He teaches courses like Introduction to Philosophy,Introduction to Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Philosophical Anthropology or Political Anthropology. Bogdan Popoveniuc has authored two books and two undergraduate courses and published more than 90 scientific articles mostly from an inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspective in the areas of Philosophy, Anthropology and Psychology.


Daniela CUTAS

Associate Professor PhD, Umeå University and the University of Gothenburg | SWEDEN

Daniela Cutas’ current work focuses on the ethics of close personal relationships, reproduction and parenting, and more broadly on bioethics and research ethics. She has published in these research areas in journals such as Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, Human Fertility, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Journal of Medical Ethics, Health Care Analysis, Science and Engineering Ethics, and Hypatia. She is a co-editor of the collective volume ‘Families – Beyond the Nuclear Ideal’ (2012), and of the forthcoming volume ‘Parental Responsibility in the Context of Neuroscience and Genetics’ (2015).

Previously, she worked at Maastricht University in a project on the ethics of developing human gametes in vitro, at Karolinska Institutet where she taught research ethics, and at the University of Manchester in a project on pitfalls of legal definitions of the concept of research. In Romania, she co-authored in 2005 the ‘Academic ethics: what it is and what it should be. Research and ethics code’ report funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (in Romanian, available here); she has published in 2007 the volume ‘GenEtica Reproducerii’; and she occasionally authors brief articles for platforms such as TOTB (here). Daniela Cutas’ personal webpage is here.

Plenary speech: “Why do we need to talk about research co-authorship”?


Antonio SANDU, PhD

Professor PhD, “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava (ROMANIA)

Researcher LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences, Iasi (ROMANIA)

Deputy Chair in Romanian Unit of UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Cluj (ROMANIA)

Antonio Sandu currently works as Professor PhD at the “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, and as a Senior Researcher at the LUMEN Research Centre in Social & Humanistic Sciences in Iasi (Romania). He was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Health Policy of “Gr. T. Popa” University, Iasi. He has a BA in Philosophy, another one in Social Work, and the third BA in law. The author also has a MA in Probation and Social Reintegration from “Al. I. Cuza” University. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iasi (Romania), with a thesis entitled „Oriental Philosophy and Modern Physics. A Humanistic Vision on Universe”.

His main areas of interest include ethics, bioethics, social work and social philosophy. He has authored more than 15 books in Social Work, Philosophy, and Applied Ethics, with more than 100 articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals.

The original contributions of the author’s scientific activities start from the social construction of reality, and social constructionism seen from a semiological perspective. He analyses the social construction of reality by developing his very own version of social constructionism at the intersection between the constructionist paradigm and the theory of communicative action.


Martin SMUTEK, Ph.D

PhDr., vice-director of the Institute of Social Work, University of Hradec Králové | CZECH REPUBLIC

PhDr. Martin Smutek, Ph.D. is the vice-director of the Institute of Social Work, University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. He is graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. His long-term focus is on theory of welfare state and modernisation processes of contemporary society and the question of epistemology in social sciences in general. He is lecturer in the field of social policy, welfare state development and macro perspective of the role of social work in the society. He focuses on theory of public policy. He is the author of several articles focused on welfare regimes changes in late modern era and de-familialisation processes. As a main researcher he participated on the topics such as: „Industrialization of social work services and changes in social work professiography“, „Welfare state in so called post-industrial era and flexibilization of work“, „Europeisation of social work“ or comparative research „European municipalities and social services“.  He is oriented on qualitative/interpretative research methods and is interested in social philosophy and tries to catch the intersubjective nature of social reality into the theory using modification of Alfred Shutz theory of action. The key problem of several last years is industrialisation process of modern society for him. The object of his critic is the ongoing process of standardisation of work in late modern societies which has deep impact on service sector including social services and causes „robotisation“ of work and flow production of services which leads to fade of human nature even in human services.

Plenary speech: Standardisation or even “Robotisation” in (social) services?


Robert D. REISZ, Professor Ph.D,

Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences, West University of Timisoara  | ROMANIA

Robert D. Reisz is a professor of statistics at the department of political science of the West University in Timisoara, Romania and the dean of the Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences. His main research interest is in the field of higher education policy, but he has also published on education policy in general, migration and other topics. Prof. Reisz is the head of the sociology of education section of the Romanian Society of Sociologists, a member of the Romanian National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and Certificates and also served as a member of the German Federal Comitee for Higher Education Statistics. He has also worked as a researcher at the International Center for Higher Education and Research (INCHER) Kassel, Germany, at the Hungarian Institute for Education Research (HIER), Budapest, the Institut for Higher Education Research (HoF), Wittenberg, Germany and was a fellow of the New Europe College (NEC), Bucharest and the Collegium Helveticum in Zürich. He has published 7 books, 43 papers in peer reviewed journals and 26 book chapters and was cited in over 290 scientific publications.

Plenary speech: The Discursive Creation of Elite Higher Education in Germany



Petre MAREŞ, Professor Ph.D 

Valahia University of Targoviste | ROMANIA

(b. 1950) graduated (1975) from the Faculty of Philosophy, specialization Philosophy of Bucharest University, with a thesis on Philosophy and science in Ctin Radulescu Motru works. In 1996, he becomes a PhD of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iasi with the thesis: Phenomenology and Ontology in Sartre ‘s work youth. He is Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Letters and Communication, of Valahia University Targoviste. He is the author of over 60 articles and studies published in journals and in proceedings of international scientific conferences.

Plenary speech: International Civil Society