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Neuroethics Education

Interdisciplinary Network on Teaching of Ethics for Neuroscientists

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The network focuses on the ethics teaching in neuroscience and aims to facilitate the improvements in teaching ethics for neuroscientists. We want to provide a focal point for collecting and developing resources to facilitate design, development and delivery of such teaching.

Recent advances in neurosciences and connected fields and their current and potential application means that societal impacts of neuroscience are increasingly important. Despite the fact that the scientists have a crucial role to play in the discussion about the ethical, legal and social impacts of neuroscience, there has been relatively little development in the area of teaching ethics in neuroscience.

The network brings together scientists, ethics educators and scholarly researchers investigating the ethical and social implications of scientific advances in neurosciences. The exchange of expertise will inform practice so that the individual researchers and research communities are equipped to be able to consider, assess, evaluate and respond to the implications and context of their work.

We promote the developments in teaching ethics through the exchange of expertise, experience and ideas of scientists, science ethics teachers and researchers and students, during four workshops:

Workshop 1. Present state of ethics education for neuroscientists. (June 2012). Assessing the present state of ethics education and needs.

Workshop 2. The ideal state of ethics education for neuroscientists in 2015. (September 2012)

Workshop 3. What needs to be done to fill the gaps between the ideal state and present state of ethics education? (January 2013) – assessing priorities.

Workshop 4. Getting from here to there. Producing strategy for implementing change. (Preliminary programme available.)


Workshop 4: Getting from here to there. Producing strategy for implementing change will be held in Manchester on the 4th to the 6th of September; it is by invitation only but if you are interested in coming to the workshop or otherwise participate (for example by sharing your experience, the results of research that you might have done or drawing our attention to issues you consider important) please email:

Prelimary programme now available.


Gassen HG. 2008. “Why Neuroethics?”, Biotechnology Journal – Special Issue: Brain Matters, December, Vol.3(12): 1463-5.

Morein-Zamir and Sahakian, 2009, “Neuroethics and public engagement training needed for neuroscientists”, Trends in Cognitive Science, 14(2) 49-51.

Walther, G. (2013) Ethics in Neuroscience Curricula: A Survey of Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. Neuroethics 6(2): 343 – 351.

Illes and Lombera, July 2009, “Ethics in Neuroscience Training Programmes in Canada: Survey Results, Workshop Proceedings, and a Proposal for Growth”

Royal Society Brainwaves Project,

If you want to get involved or have any questions please email: