Research, ethics & societal impact Research, ethics & societal impact

This course explores ethical and social issues that have arisen, and continue to arise, from the rapid research development in neuroscience, medicine and ICT. Lectures focus on key ethical issues contained in the HBP – such as ethics of robotics, dual use, ICT ethical issues, big data and individual privacy, and the use of animals in research.




ECTS credits: 1,5 ECTS (after attendance of the online course, one full workshop and successfully passing the exam)

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Lectures Lectures

Lecture 1: Introduction to ethical theory
Christine Mitchell (Harvard Medical School), USA


Lecture 2: Computer ethics and the HBP
Bernd Stahl (De Montfort University), UK


Lecture 3: The Ethical Roboticist
Alan Winfield (University of the West of England), UK


Lecture 4: Responsible Research and the Human Brain Project
Nikolas Rose (King‘s College London), UK


Lecture 5: Scaling up neuroscience - Responsible Research and the big brain projects
Nikolas Rose (King‘s College London), UK


Lecture 6: Neuroscience and the problem of dual use
Malcolm Dando (University of Bradford), UK


Lecture 7: Ethics in biomedical research and the 3Rs
Viveka Hillegaart (Karolinska Institutet), Sweden


Lecture 8: Societal attitudes to animal research
Rafael Frias (Karolinska Institutet), Sweden


Lecture 9: Research integrity and ethics management - HBP case study
Emma Harris (De Montfort University), UK


Lecture 10: Cognitive enhancement: Ethics and efficacy
Sebastian Porsdam Mann (Harvard Medical School), USA


Lecture 11: The Thinking Robot
Alan Winfield (University of the West of England), UK

Course Director: 
Abdul H. Mohammed (Karolinska Institute/Linnaeus University), Sweden





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