Winter School "Ethics of Neuroscience and AI" 2021

The 10th Winter School "Ethics of Neuroscience and AI" is taking place on March 8-12, 2021. It is organized by the BCCN Berlin/ICCN, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, and the Excellence Cluster "Science of Intelligence". 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.

This year we will have a focus on artificial intelligence.

The Winter School is fully booked! Registration is closed.

Note: March 8, the first day of the winter school, is a holiday in Berlin.  The school will start on that day.


Scientific organisers: John-Dylan Haynes and Thomas Schmidt.

Keynote lecture: Christoph Lütge "Ethics of AI with a view on Business"


On Tuesday, March 9, 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 can be found here. The school is hosted in Berlin and thus all times refer to Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).

The "Winter School Ethics and Neuroscience and AI" 2021 booklet can be found here.


Fees: The Winter School is free of cost but registration is necessary.

Venue: Due to covid 19 pandemic, the Winter School will be held online.

Certificates: Certificates will be issued for those who attend at least 4/5 days

Organisation: 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 BCCN Berlin 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 as well as write an essay.


Location: Virtual format

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