Research Group on Neuroethics/Neurophilosophy
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Department of Philosophy
University of Mainz
Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 23, 2011...
University of Mainz, Germany
The conference will provide a forum for young scholars, post-docs and Ph.D. students from Europe and Canada interested in medical, societal and ethical issues of cognitive enhancement. This event is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
During the conference, 15 participants from different disciplines will have the opportunity to present their work and to discuss issues related to cognitive enhancement with renowned international experts....
In recent years, the ethical issues arising from the rapid progress of the neurosciences have led to the development of a new scientific discipline: Neuroethics, which combines research on the neurophysiological basis of moral behavior as well as the applied ethics of neuroscience.
At the University of Mainz a so far unique project was started: The establishment of an open, centrally governed and supervised bibliography, which is kept complete and up-to-date by the neuroethics community itself – a 'literature wikiography'. This bibliography is the heart of the Neuroethics Portal conducted since 2007. The portal offers a communication forum, a collection of interesting links and up-to-date information on projects, conferences and media articles as well.
In 2008 researchers from the University of Mainz in collaboration with colleagues from Vancouver, Canada, succeeded in starting a joint project on Cognitive Enhancement within the framework of a trilateral funding measure on 'Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Modern Neurosciences'. It is amended by a doctoral researcher group financed by Mainz University and dealing especially with topics owned to humanities and social sciences.
Since 2009 the subproject 'Theoretical, Anthropological and Ethical Issues in Brain-Computer Interaction' of the EU-funded project 'Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction (TOBI)' is located in Mainz, too.
In October 2010, the Research Group on Neuroethics/Neurophilosophy has emanated from the "Neuroethics" focus of the Research Focus on Interdisciplinary Neurosciences (IFSN). It is located in the rear building of Alte Mensa, Gresemundweg 4.