Winter School Ethics and Neuroscience

Feb 15, 2016 09:00 — Feb 19, 2016 16:30

BCCN Berlin
Lecture hall
Philippstr. 13, Haus 6
10115 Berlin


5th Winter School "Ethics and Neuroscience"

15 - 19 February 2016
Organised by the
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin and
the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.
The Winter School is tailored for MSc and PhD students in the field of neuroscience and cognitive science, but covers a range of topics of potential interest to other researchers, reflecting on the ethical and societal consequences of modern neuroscience. The school offers two parallel tracks: a Philosophical Track focusing on theoretical aspects, metaethics and moral responsibility and an Empirical Track, which, besides theoretical foundations, offers an overview of practical aspects such as animal research, clinical practice, deep brain stimulation, neuroenhancement, brain reading, neurolaw, good scientific practice, and ethics committees, including group work and participants' presentations. There is the possibility to change between the tracks halfway through the school.

Registration is now closed!


Scientific committee: Felix Bermpohl, John-Dylan Haynes, Michael Pauen, and Thomas Schmidt.

Prof. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
(Duke University)
Are Psychopaths Responsible?
Does Neuroscience Undermine Moral Responsibility?


Find the detailed program here (or as a pdf here).


Philosophical Ethics
Moral Responsibility
Brain Reading
Scientific Paradigms
Good Scientific Practice 
Deep Brain Stimulation 
Animal Experiments
Patient Data Security
Ethics Committees
The lectures are hosted in different lecture halls of the Campus Nord of the Humboldt-Universität and Charité Medical School (access from Philippstr. 13, 10115 Berlin or from Luisenstrasse 56, 10117 Berlin). Detailed directions will be made available to the participants.
Accommodation: For a list of budget accomodation options, see here.
Organization: Robert Martin and Dirk Mende
Contact: graduateprograms AT
Additional information for Master's students of the program Computational Neuroscience
The Winter School coincides with the compulsory module "Ethical Issues and Implications for Society" for second year Master's students. For complete module description see the program structure here. Master's students of the program Computational Neuroscience have to attend the empirical track all the way through.