Winter School "Ethics and Neuroscience" 2020

The 9th Winter School "Ethics and Neuroscience is taking place on February 17 - 21, 2020. It is organized by the BCCN Berlin/ICCN and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. The event is tailored for MSc and PhD students, but covers a range of topics of potential interest to other researchers, reflecting on the ethical and societal consequences of modern neuroscience.

Theoretical foundations, as well as practical and ethical aspects are addressed. Participants will benefit from a combination of lectures with group work and discussions, where they will put the learned content into practice.


Registration for our Winter School has reached capacity and is now closed.


Scientific organisers: John-Dylan Haynes and Thomas Schmidt.

Keynote lecture: "The Ethics of AI-chemy: When Science Meets Hype" by Oliver Brock (Technische Universität Berlin).

On Tuesday, Feb 18, 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 deep brain stimulation, brain death, artificial intelligence, and data protection.

The program is available here.

Download of the booklet Winter School "Ethics and Neuroscience" 2020 will be possible later.

Fees: The Winter School is free of cost.

Travel Grants: FENS and IBRO-PERC provide 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.

Deadline for applications is January 20th 2020. Here is the link for the travel grant application form.



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). The first lecture on Monday will take place at Philippstr. 13 Haus 4, lecture hall 4 (Hörsaal 4) on the campus.

Link to the Map of the Campus

Certificates: Certificates will be issued if participants attended 75% of the lectures. An attendance list will be available.

Accommodation: We cannot organise accommodation for participants. Please make your own arrangements. For a (non-complete) selection of budget accomodation options, please see here.

Organisation: Margret Franke,  Dirk Mende, and Lisa Velenosi
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.


Location: BCCN Berlin, lecture hall, Philippstr. 13 Haus 6, 10115 Berlin and Hörsaal 4, Philippstr. 13 Haus 4, 10115 Berlin

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