Winter School Ethics and Neuroscience

Feb 19, 2018 09:00 — Feb 23, 2018 17:00

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


7th Winter School "Ethics and Neuroscience"

February 19 - 23, 2018

Organised by the
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin/ICCN and
the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

The annual Berlin Winter School on "Ethics and Neuroscience" is aimed at MSc and PhD students in the field of cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, psychology and philosophy. It covers a range of topics reflecting on the ethical and societal consequences of modern neuroscience. The course is also open to researchers from other fields. The school offers two parallel tracks: The Philosophical Track focuses on theoretical aspects, metaethics and moral responsibility. The Empirical Track offers theoretical foundations as well as a number of practical ethical aspects in neuroscience, such as animal research, clinical practice, deep brain stimulation, neuroenhancement, brain reading, neurolaw, good scientific practice, and ethics committees. Besides the lectures the course also involves group work and presentations by the participants. There is the possibility to change between the tracks halfway through the school. 

Scientific organisers: John-Dylan Haynes, Thomas Schmidt

Keynote: Claudia Buß (Charité Berlin and UC Irvine), Early life origins of mental health – studying pre- and postnatal environmental influences on the human developing brain and its ethical challenges


Registration is closed, all the places are filled!


Travel stipend: FENS and IBRO-PERC provides 4 stipends of 750 EUR for master and/or PhD students interested in attending this course. Through these stipends FENS and IBRO-PERC aim to encourage and promote international experience of students; hence, students that are currently residing or studying in Germany are not eligible for a FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend for this course. Please apply for the travel stipends directly through the FENS web page

Program: You can find the preliminary program of the 7th Winter School here (or as pdf).


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.
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