Neuroethics Webinars

The INS is organizing a series of free webinars on various neuroethics topics in 2021. We are planning to host one each month. Webinars are in English. Sign up for announcements about the series and upcoming topics and dates.


Brain Data Governance and Neurorights

Friday, April 23
12:00-1:00pm EDT

The increasing use of neurotechnological devices for basic neuroscience research, clinical applications, but also in the consumer domain, creates substantial ethical and legal challenges for governing the access and use of human brain data collected by these devices. Furthermore, some neurotechnologies, such as AI-based closed-loop brain-computer interfaces, may interfere with a person's mental privacy or mental integrity which has given rise to a debate on the necessity and precise legal framing of neuroprotection laws, also referred to 'neurorights.'

In this interdisciplinary panel discussion, we will explore and discuss the technical, ethical, and legal dimensions of brain data governance and neurorights. Speakers include:

  • Samir Das, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University
  • Stephen Rainey, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
  • Fruszina Molnár-Gábor, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
  • Philipp Kellmeyer, University Medical Center Freiburg (moderator)

Our intention is that a recording of this webinar is rebroadcast on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:00–12:30 (EDT) as a session of the INCF Assembly.

Ethical and Societal Implications of Telepsychiatry and the New Era of Digital Mental Health

Thursday, May 20
8:00–9:00pm CEST

Contributors will include:

  • Nicole Martinez Martin, Stanford University
  • Cynthia Sieck, Ohio State University
  • John Torous, Harvard Medical School
  • Anthony Weiss, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

This webinar will be held as a session at the annual conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (SINe). Register for the conference to get access to this and all sessions held via Zoom.


Past Webinars

Antique globe with focus on Mediterranean region
Culturally-Aware Global Neuroethics

March 31, 2021

The INS Emerging Issues Task Force organized a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on 'Culturally-Aware Global Neuroethics.' Panelists explored a range of illuminating examples of global priorities in neuroethics, including developing culturally-aware neurological assessments in low-to-middle income countries (LMIC), cognitive enhancement techniques and access to such interventions in low resource settings, and the neuroscience of religious experience.

  • Jayashree Dasgupta, Samvedna Senior Care / Sangath
  • Karen Herrera Ferrá, Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética
  • Gulamabbas Lakha, University of Oxford
  • Debra Machando, University of Zimbabwe
  • Rosemary Musesengwa, University of Oxford (moderator)
Neuroethics Webinar Series; Doctor drawing blood from a patient as part of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study; 1932; National Archives Atlanta, GA (U.S. government);
Scientific Oppression, Biological Reductionism, and the Future of Neurotechnology

February 25, 2021

The INS Diversity & Inclusion Task Force organized a stimulating 90-minute discussion with panelists sharing their unique perspectives on what role neurotechnology and technologists could play in exacerbating or thwarting scientific oppression. Speakers included:

  • Jasmine Kwasa, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Olivia Matshabane, University of Cape Town
  • Francis Shen, University of Minnesota
  • Tim Brown, University of Washington (moderator)
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Choose Your Own Device: Do-It-Yourself Neuromodulation Panel Discussion

January 27, 2021

The INS Emerging Issues Task Force held a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on do-it-yourself (DIY) neurotechnology. The panel exploreed the current scope of DIY devices that can record or stimulate the brain and the ethical implications of using such technology without medical supervision. Speakers included:

  • Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich
  • Karola Kreitmair, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Anna Wexler, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ishan Dasgupta, University of Washington (moderator)
I Am Human, film screening and discussion; Background image from film of an operation
'I Am Human' Film Screening and Panel Discussion

December 2, 2020

IEEE Brain and the International Neuroethics Society organized a virtual film screening and panel discussion looking at the feature documentary 'I am Human.' The panel of experts discussed various technological and ethical issues raised in the film and addressed questions from participants. Speakers included:

  • Nita Farahany, Duke Law School
  • Jennifer French, Neurotech Network
  • Jacob Robinson, Rice University
  • Joseph J. Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College (moderator)
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Social Justice and Neuroethics Listening Session

October 9, 2020

The INS Diversity & Inclusion Task Force hosted a 90-minute listening session where panelists explored how the neuroethics community can answer the call for justice through their work in the sciences, medicine, industry, and the humanities. Speakers included:

  • Karen Herrera-Ferrá – Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética
  • Gillian Hue – Emory University
  • Elba Serrano – New Mexico State University


We are able to develop the Neuroethics Webinar Series and provide free access thanks to the volunteer contributions and financial support of our members. Please consider making a donation or joining the Society to help us continue to organize more events like these.


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