Neurobioethics Masterclass NEUROBIOETHICS AND ROBOETHICS – II edition 2018-2019

Neurobioethics Masterclass NEUROBIOETHICS AND ROBOETHICS – II edition 2018-2019

Neurobioethics Masterclass




The interdisciplinary research group in Neurobioetica (GdN) of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (APRA) in Rome, based upon neuroscientific research and emerging applications to the human being of neuro-technologies, will dedicate much of its reflection, research, publication, and training of the year 2018-2019 to a detailed critical study of the progressive hybridization of humanity and technology. The development of robotics, artificial intelligence, and the multiple applications of  human enhancement require today’s men and women to increase their knowledge in order to decide consciously the direction to give to neuro-technology progress.

This second Neurobioethics advanced course ‘Neurobioethics and Roboethics’ will reap the benefits of the interdisciplinary reflection of the GdN. It will be possible to attend the course both online and in person. After the first edition of ‘Neurobioethics and Transhumanism’ dedicated to the Human Head Transplantation and following the second summer week of Bioethics on human enhancement (Human Enhancement, 9-13 luglio 2018), from September 2018 to June 2019, the GdN offers a series of 10 seminars, roundtables, and March’s Brain Awareness Week conference (promoted by DANA Foundation). These meetings will explore the technological, neuroscientific, psychiatric, psychological, philosophical, theological, legislative, bioethics aspects of the progressive hybridization of humanity and technology and the multiple applications of human enhancement, with particular attention to the anthropological, ethics, legal, sanitary, and social consequences for human life.

A special emphasis will be also be given to issues related to the principles ratified by The Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights of UNESCO 2005. The program will thus address themes regarding the limit, dignity, identity, and value of the human body.

Promoted by:

School of Bioethics

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights

Institute of Science and Faith



the course consists in a monthly gathering of two hours (seminars or roundtables) from Friday 21/09/2018 to Friday 21/06/2019.

Data, times, and classrooms are the following:

  • 21/09/2018, 17-19:00, auditorium (2° floor)
  • 26/10/2018, 17-19:00, Tesi classroom (1° floor)
  • 23/11/2018, 17-19:00, auditorium (2° floor)
  • 14/12/2018, 17-19:00, Tesi classroom (1° floor)
  • 25/01/2019, 17-19:00, Tesi classroom (1° floor)
  • 22/02/2019, 17-19:00, Tesi classroom (1° floor)
  • 15/03/2019, Brain Awareness Week, 15-19:00, Master classroom (1°     floor)
  • 20/03/2019, 10° anniversario GdN, 17-19:00, Master classroom (1° floor)
  • 22/03/2019, 17-19:00, Tesi classroom (1° floor)
  • 26/04/2019, 17-19:00, auditorium (2° floor)
  • 24/05/2019, 17-19:00, Tesi classroom (1° floor)
  • 21/06/2019, 17-19:00, Tesi classroom (1° floor)


Specific experts and speakers will explain the technological aspects about robotics and neuroscience. They will also address the psychiatric, psychological, philosophical, theological, legislative, socio-political, and bioethics dimensions of the progressive hybridization of humanity and technology and human enhancement.


The course is addressed to all those who want to be aware of the development and application of the emerging technologies in human enhancement, in particular: politicians, engineers, doctors, bioethicists, philosophers, theologians, teachers, and trainers. A certificate and 3 ECTS will be awarded to registered students at the end of the course, and after the evaluation of the written work of summary.


The whole subscription fee for the course is €350.

Registration deadline: 20/10/2018

Coordinator of the course: Prof. P. Alberto Carrara, L.C.

Tel: +39 06 916891



Prof. P. Alberto Carrara, L.C.

Tel: 329/9157494

Video – Extracts from “Multiculturalism and Interreligious Perspective on Informed Consent” Workshop

Video – Extracts from “Multiculturalism and Interreligious Perspective on Informed Consent” Workshop


The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights hold its 6th international Bioethics, multiculturalism and religion workshop to discuss issues of informed consent and clinical research on February 21-23. As part of the i-Consent consortium (a project funded by the European Union – Horizon 2020), the ethical reflections of the workshop focused on the multicultural and interdisciplinary dimension of the ethical requirements of informed consent applied to transnational / clinical research and vaccination.



First Interdisciplinary Neuroethics Diploma Course

First Interdisciplinary Neuroethics Diploma Course

1st Interdisciplinary Neuroethics Diploma Course

Anáhuac México Norte University and the Bioética Clínica y Neuroética Anáhuac (BINCA) in collaboration  with UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Faith and Science Institute, The Interdisciplinary Research Group in Neurobiothics (GdN), and with the support of Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty of Psychology, and Faculty of Bioethics is launching the1st Interdisciplinary Neuroethics Diploma Course. This course will be available in English and in Spanish. You can take it from any part of the world and attend to the live lectures.


To give basic knowledge to the students about what is neuroethics, from an interdisciplinary perspective that allows appreciation of its neuroscientific and philosophic identities. From this, the course should make evident problems and novelties arising in diverse knowledge domains, at the philosophic and practical level. Likewise, we aim to prompt connections and interdisciplinary dialogue among the professors for the course’s benefit and the ignition of future collaborations. For further information read the detailed program following this link.

Start: 1st September 2018

Duration: 100 hours 

For further information and application: or



Master in Global Bioethics Online

Master in Global Bioethics Online

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights in collaboration with The University of Anáhuac (Faculty of Bioethics), the Holy Spirit College, and the Ateneo Regina Apostolorum is lannching the NEW Master in Global Bioethics online.

Objectives & Outcomes:

  • Training future university professors, health care professionals, biomed researchers, social and political agents with high academic knowledge and skills in bioethics.
  • Providing an integral formation in the field of global bioethics, allowing participants to develop their professional activity, both in the private and public sphere, with social responsibility and grounded in person-center approach.

Addressed to people interested in:

  • Promoting human dignity, human rights and duties in the field of life sciences and medicine as well as in social, legal and political environments
  • Studying and researching about the biomedical, philosophical, social and legal aspects of the contemporary important and cutting-edge bioethical dilemmas
  • Developing capacity for interdisciplinary, international and cross-cultural dialogue to explore new solutions for the preservation of health and the improvement of individual well-being and social welfare.


  • Concept of Human Being in Bioethics and Global Bioethics
  • Trends and Currents of Thought in Bioethics
  • Research Techniques and Databases
  • Ethical Fundamentals of Bioethics
  • Clinical and Bioethical Aspects at the Beginning of Life
  • Bioethics, Sexuality and Human Reproduction
  • Bioethical and Clinical Aspects at the End of Life
  • Bioethics and Medical Act
  • Bioethics and Health Management/Health Care Policies
  • Bioethics and Biolaw
  • Global Bioethics
  • Global Bioethics and International Human Rights: The Human Right to Health
  • Emerging Technologies and Global Bioethics: Neuro-Nano-Info Technologies
  • Cross-cultural Dialogue in Global Bioethics
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Bioethics and Social Problems
  • Bioethics and Environment
  • Research Methodology in Bioethics

For further infromation and application contact: Marinés Girault,

Start: 5 November 2018

Academic Load: 1370 hours of student work

Duration: Two years studying part-time

Hours: Available all day

Scholarships: Available


UAM: Master Certificate*

UNESCO Chair: Diploma

HSC: 30 US Credits


*Validity of Studies Recognition issued by the Secretary of Public Education by means of Presidential Decree, published in the Official Journal of the Federation in November 26, 1982. SEP Approval in Process
What Does the Solidarity Mean to the Individual Citizen?

What Does the Solidarity Mean to the Individual Citizen?

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights participated in the final event of the EUROSOL project, within the Europe for Citizens Programme, in Madrid on May, 31, 2018. The conference finalized the year-long project, which involved eight countries (Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Cyprus, England, and Germany). The scope of the project was not limited to analyzing statistics, data, and the situation of refugees in these countries. EUROSOL also focused on spreading the message of a welcoming Europe.

After a welcome by Mr. Pablo José Aledo Martinez, General Director of Altius Francisco de Vitoria Foundation, and the presentation of the EUROSOL project by Ms. Clara Ubeda, Project Coordinator of Altius Francisco de Vitoria Foundation, the first round table discussion began. Throughout the rest of the morning, participants were divided among four round tables discussions, in which they examined different aspects of what solidarity means to the individual citizen.

The first round table discussion, entitled “The Solidarity from a Political and Institutional Point of View,” gave an overview of what institutions, such as the city of Madrid, have been doing in Spain. The city founded a school to train volunteers to socially integrate the high number of migrants arriving mostly from Syria and Venezuela. There has been a recent increase in migrant arrivals, which has given fodder to cries such as: “They are invading us, and we’re paying for it! They’re stealing our jobs, we can’t afford that!” and “We should help them in their own countries, where they won’t die at sea!” The human sphere tends to be reduced to a financial issue, as if everything can be solved through money.

The second table focused on the topic: “Solidarity from the Point of View of Spanish Companies.” According to a press agent, it is crucial for companies to change how they run their business by creating goods and services within everyone’s reach to remain relevant. Companies have to look beyond their own bottom line and try to find new wide-ranging marketing solutions.

The third round table discussion entitled “Solidarity from the Citizens’ Point of View,” revealed how the Erasmus Plus program of the European Union gives the possibility to young volunteers from the Altius Francisco de Vitoria Foundation to understand the importance of social work and volunteering. Being a volunteer benefits not only those in need of legal, medical, or psychological assistance, but also the volunteers themselves. In other words, volunteers have the chance to increase their capabilities and skills, something important for their future careers. At the same time, they give hope to those who have nothing left.

The project’s partners presented their results at the final round table discussion (see the video below). On November 27, 2017, the Chair had organized a public forum in Rome titled “Debate and Dialogue – Refugees Threat or Opportunity?” as part of the EUROSOL project. Experts, students, and volunteers gathered to discuss the real perception of refugees and migrants in Italy and in Rome. The message that the media delivers is often to create walls instead of bridges. An old idea which fosters those negative thoughts to push away the one who is different, who has a different background, culture, or religion. As an UNESCO Chair that fosters the art and convergence in global ethics, we have the duty to spread a message of tolerance and positive inclusion for those who are living in vulnerable situations.