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 is closed now, we are fully booked!


Scientific organizers: John-Dylan Haynes and Thomas Schmidt.

Keynote lecture: Christine Heim (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin)


The program can be found 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, meta-ethics 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, animal experimentation, artificial intelligence, and data protection.


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

Venue: The Winter School takes place at the 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 bccn-berlin DOT de


Registration: is closed.

Virtual Participation: For the first time, the Winter School will take place as a hybrid-event. Thus, it will be possible for non-local participants to take part virtually. Please note that an important aspect of the Winter School is the chance to discuss and debate the ethical issues concerning modern neuroscience and it may be difficult for virtual participants to fully participate in the discussion. Thus, if possible, we recommend that participants travel to Berlin.



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: BCCN Berlin, Philippstr. 13 Haus 6

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