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.


Neuroethics Webinar Series
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 by May 9 to get access to this and all sessions held via Zoom.

Neuroethics Webinar Series
Environmental Neuroethics: the Crossroads of Environment, Brain and Mental Health

Thursday, June 17
12:00-1:00pm EDT

The Emerging Issues Task Force of the International Neuroethics Society is holding a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on environmental neuroethics. The panel will explore the ethical and social implications raised by environmental exposures to brain and mental health, and the potential for this approach to highlight underrepresented issues in current neuroethics scholarship.

The discussion will address the impact of environmental factors and change on biomedical, social, and cross-cultural understandings of the brain and mental wellbeing. In parallel, speakers will review how advances in the brain sciences may be translated to human-centric solutions in our built and natural environments.

Speakers are:

  • Caleb E. Finch, University of Southern California
  • Laura Y. Cabrera, Pennsylvania State University
  • Louise Harding, University of British Columbia
  • Thomas Albright, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Judy Illes, University of British Columbia (moderator)

Register in advance to attend this virtual event.


Past Webinars

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Brain Data Governance and Neurorights

April 23, 2021

The INS Emerging Issues Task Force held a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on the ethical and legal challenges for governing the access and use of human brain data collected by neurotechnological devices. Speakers explored the technical, ethical, and legal dimensions of brain data governance and neurorights. Speakers included:

  • 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) 
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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