Neuroethics Webinars

The INS organizes webinars throughout the year on various neuroethics topics. Sign up for announcements about upcoming events. All webinars are free to attend.

Upcoming Webinars

Psychological Science with Big Behavioral Data: The Past, Present and Future

Monday, March 18, 1:00pm ET

Ryan L. Boyd, Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, will explore how we learn about people using big data, including language, images, and online behaviors. Discussion will look at current methods and the huge amount of data available, with peeks into the future that consider both possibilities and ethical concerns. All are welcome to join.

This webinar is being organized by the AI and Consciousness Affinity Group.

Past Webinars

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'The Father of the Cyborgs' Panel Discussion

September 15, 2022

Panelists explored various technological and ethical issues raised in the film and answer questions submitted by participants. Discussion and audience questions addressed the many ethical issues that arise in the film. Speakers were:

  • Paul Root Wolpe, Emory University
  • Amy Orsborn, University of Washington
  • Nathan Copeland, Brain Computer Interface User and Neurotechnology Consultant
  • Anna Wexler, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)
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Environmental Neuroethics: the Crossroads of Environment, Brain and Mental Health

June 17, 2021

The INS Emerging Issues Task Force held a 1-hour virtual panel on the impact of environmental factors and change on biomedical, social, and cross-cultural understandings of the brain and mental wellbeing. Speakers were:

  • 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)
Neuroethics: New Ways of Investigating the Brain; May 13-14 + 20-21;
Ethical and Societal Implications of Telepsychiatry and the New Era of Digital Mental Health

Thursday, May 20

The INS Emerging Issues Task Force held a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on the evolving role and increased adoption of digital applications to deliver mental health care. It was held as a session at the annual conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics. Speakers were:

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

  • 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) 
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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. Speakers were:

  • 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)
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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 were:

  • 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 were:

  • Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich
  • Karola Kreitmair, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Anna Wexler, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ishan Dasgupta, University of Washington (moderator)
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'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 were:

  • 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 were:

  • 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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