International Neuroethics Society

We are an interdisciplinary group of scholars, scientists, clinicians and other professionals who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience. The late 20th century saw unprecedented progress in the basic sciences of mind and brain and in the treatment of psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Now, in the early 21st century, neuroscience plays an expanding role in human life beyond the research lab and clinic. In classrooms, courtrooms, offices and homes around the world, neuroscience is giving us powerful new tools for achieving our goals and prompting a new understanding of ourselves as social, moral and spiritual beings.

Our Mission

The mission of the International Neuroethics Society is to encourage and inspire research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science.

To accomplish our mission we:

  • Exchange knowledge among scientists, ethicists, medical professionals, lawyers and judges, educators, policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Forge connections and collaborations across scientific disciplines, business sectors, government agencies and non-government institutions
  • Enable education, training and mentoring opportunities to strengthen neuroethics
  • Engage in public forums and discussions with citizens, journalists and experts

Strategic Plan

The INS leadership reflected on the identity of the Society, our successes and gaps of the past, and our aspirations for the future, ultimately identifing the following four priorities and practical steps listed below as part of the Society's first Strategic Plan.

  • Position the Society as an authoritative body on matters pertaining to neuroethics
  • Promote and support research, scholarship, and education in the field of neuroethics
  • Develop sustainable funding for the Society
  • Retain and recruit members

Strategic Plan (2016–2021)

2016 Accomplishments

  • Developed Strategic Plan
  • Reinstated Executive Committee
  • Instituted new position of President-elect
  • Refreshed Board of Directors
  • Expanded staff
  • Instituted Governance Committee
  • Created position of Federal Liaison
  • Instituted President's Communications
  • Revamped email newsletter
  • Created New Task Forces: RATF, International, Logo Contest
  • Increased funding and donation base; prizes for the meeting
  • Partnership identification and outreach
  • Launched meeting program for 2018

Affinity Groups

INS members can join any one of our affinity groups to communicate and collaborate with peers. Groups include: 

  • Cognitive Enhancement
  • Deep Brain Stimulation and Neural Engineering
  • Global Health and Neuroethics
  • Neuroscience and Free Will
  • Brain-Based Legal Implications
  • Neuroscience and National Security
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Addiction Neuroethics