Thursday, October 20, 2022

This year, the INC Day, organized in partnership with the masters programs BioMedical Engineering – Paris and NeuroParis and supported by the Faculty of sciences of Paris Cité University and the Graduate school Psychological science, is dedicated to ethics. What are the biological bases of ethics? What ethical issues face today’s researchers in our field? What are the ethical consequences of the present advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences for society? Following the keynote lecture by Hervé Chneiweiss (Neuroscience Paris Seine) five other French or foreign researchers will present their latest results in the field of ethics and four French scientific personalities will animate a round table on scientific rules of conduct.

This scientific conference will take place in Amphitheater Polonowski. The talks will also be broadcasted on Zoom (the link will be added soon), on the internet site of Paris Cité University and on World Wide Neuro.

Registration is free but mandatory. Just fill the form available on the page.

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Organizers : Sophie Bernard (BME Paris and UMR-S 1124 INSERM – Université Paris Cité), Arnaud
Cachia (UMR 8240 CNRS & UMR 1266 INSERM – Université Paris cité), Jacqueline Fagard (UMR
8002 CNRS – Université Paris Cité), Jacques Haiech (Université de Strasbourg), Mehrnaz
Jafarian-Tehrani (NeuroParis and UMR-S 1124), Boris Lamotte d’Incamps (UMR 8003 CNRS –
Université Paris Cité) and Claude Meunier (UMR 8002).

Organized by the INC in partnership with the BioMedical Engineering Paris international
Master’s program and the NeuroParis Master’s programs and is supported by the Faculty of
Sciences of Paris Cité University and the Graduate school Psychological science.


9:20-9:30      Welcome Address

9:30-10:30    Keynote Lecture by Hervé Chneiweiss (Paris-Seine Neurosciences)
                      From neuroscience to neurotechnology: our brain and its ethical issues

10:30-11:50 Foundations of Ethics

  • Vanessa Nurock (Côte d’Azur University and UNESCO EVA Chair)
    Why should we care about the origins of our ethical intuitions?
  • Elizabeth Spelke (Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA)
    Origin of human ethical intuitions: open questions (via Zoom)

11:50-12:45    Private screening by Judy Illes (University of British Columbia, Canada)
                      Seizing hope

12:45-14:45      Lunch break

14:45-16:00      Debate: Scientific rules of conduct

With Boris Barbour (ENS, Paris), Michèle Leduc (ENS, Paris), Rémy Mosseri
(Sorbonne Université & CNRS, Paris) and Alice René (CNRS, Paris)

16:00-16:30      Afternoon break

16:30-18:30      Neuroethics and Society

  • Judy Illes (University of British Columbia, Canada)
    The imperative for environmental neuroethics today
  • Bernard Baertschi (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
    The moral significance of consciousness
  • Fruszina Molnar-Gabor (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
    Privacy and data protection in the ”Neuroworld”

18:30      Conclusion