20 February 2012 – 24 February 2012

First Winter School “Ethics and Neuroscience”

organized by Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin
Scientific Program: John-Dylan Haynes and Felix Bermpohl
Keynote: Barbara J. Sahakian

Registration deadline: 31 January

We are happy to announce the First Winter School Ethics and Neuroscience to be held at the BCCN Berlin on February 20th - 24th 2012. The Winter School is tailored for MSc and PhD students, but also covers a range of topics of potential interest to other brain researchers, reflecting on the ethical and societal consequences of modern neuroscience. Topics include theoretical foundations (applied ethics and its philosophical and neuroscientific foundations), practical aspects (good scientific practice, ethics committees) and ethical aspects of specific research fields (animal research, clinical practice, deep brain stimulation, neuroenhancement, brain reading). Each topic is introduced in a lecture complemented by recommended scientific literature, while group work and final presentations allow the participants to put the learned contents into practice.

The aim of this winter school is to enable the students to integrate the ethical aspects into their own ongoing and future research.

The Winter School is highlighted by a special keynote lecture on Neuroethics held by Barbara Sahakian (Cambridge University) on Wednesday evening.


Monday, 20th

J.-D. Haynes (Charité, Berlin): Introduction and Brain Reading
F. Bermpohl (Charité, Berlin): The Neurobiology of Values – Scientific
M. Pauen (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin): Introduction to Applied Ethics

Tuesday, 21st

U. Dirnagl (Charité, Berlin): Good Scientific Practice
D. Krefting (University of Applied Science, Berlin): Patient Data Security

Wednesday, 22nd

A. Kühn, H. Krug (Charité, Berlin): Deep Brain Stimulation and Ethics
Y. Winter (Charité, Berlin): Ethical Aspects of Animal Experiments
J. Holtues (Jüdisches Krankenhaus Berlin): Neuroenhancement

Keynote Lecture: Barbara J. Sahakian (Cambridge University): Neuroethics

Thursday, 23rd

T. M. Spranger (University of Bonn): Legal Aspects of Neuroimaging
J. Clausen (University of Tübingen): Implications of Neurotechnologies
for Society
R. Abdel Rahman (Humboldt-Universität): Ethic Commitees

Friday, 24th

Group work and presentations

Program subject to minor changes

Location of the lectures: Lecture Hall, Bernstein Center for
Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt-Universität, Philippstr. 13 House
6, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Location of the Keynote on Wednesday evening: Humboldt Graduate
School, Luisenstraße 56, Festsaal, 10117 Berlin

Organization: Dr. Vanessa Casagrande

Contact: graduateprograms@bccn-berlin.de

Registration: e-mail until January 31st, 2012, indicating name,
address, affiliation

In collaboration with: Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Charité - Universitätsmedizin; BerlinCenter for Advanced Neuroimaging (BCAN); Technische Univestität Berlin



Lecture Hall, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Philippstraße 13, Haus 6
10115 Berlin