Winter School "Ethics of Neuroscience and AI" 2023

The 12th Winter School "Ethics of Neuroscience and AI" is taking place on Feb 27 - March 3, 2023. 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.


Registration will open Dec 1, 2022.


Scientific organizers: John-Dylan Haynes and Thomas Schmidt.

Keynote lecture: tba

The keynote might be live-streamed on the Bernstein Network's Vimeo channel.


Last year's program can be found here.

Last year's booklet is available here.

Please note that this Winter School is designed for an audience in Berlin and thus all times refer to Central European Time (UTC+1)


On Tuesday, Feb 28, 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.


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

Venue: Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin.

Certificates of Attendance: Certificates of attendance will be issued upon request for those who attend at least 4/5 days.

Certificates of Credit: External students can receive 3 ECTS for their participation in the Winter School if they (1) attend 4/5 days, (2) take part in the Group Work session, and (3) submit an essay. If you would like to receive credit, please indicate that on the registration form.

Organisation: Dirk Mende and Lisa Velenosi

Contact: graduateprograms AT


Registration: will open Dec 1, 2022.



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.


We are proud to receive support from FENS and IBRO-PERC which enables us to continue to offer our Winter School "Ethics of Neuroscience and AI" free of charge to an international audience each year.

Location: BCCN Berlin, Philippstr. 13 Haus 6

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