Civic Education for Social Inclusion – CivicAL

Civic Education for Social Inclusion – CivicAL


Civic Education for Social Inclusion – CivicAL


“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” Sydney J. Harris

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights for the last year has been involved and active in raising awareness of the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, specifically in Italy. Within the project European Citizens for Solidarity (EUROSOL), co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, the UNESCO Chair was committed to overcome the misconceptions regarding migrants and refugees in Italy by organizing a debate on  “Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees”.

As a continuation of this project, the UNESCO Chair has signed an agreement to participate in Civic Education for Social Inclusion (CivicAL) project within the Erasmus + programme coordinated by the Altius Francisco de Vitoria Foundation, Spain. The aim of this project, which started in October 2018 and will end in September 2020, is to give to migrant and refugee adults access to civic education to integrate more fully into the community. In other words, CivicAL is responding to the increasing demands of the European Union (EU) to be a large family of multiethnic and multicultural societies, to witness in each state to a growing diversity due to the migration flows where a national cultural identity is compatible with a European identity.

While much has been done, the level of knowledge of the EU, its policies and institutions, is not enough. This is particularly valid for adults in disadvantaged situations, such as those who are migrants, of an ethnic minority background, refugees and recently arrived migrants. The current proposal will address the gap in civic education for adults in disadvantaged situation in six EU countries. The consortium is composed of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Romania from different public and private sectors. In two years, the consortium is going to develop the Trainer’s Manual entitled “Civic Education for Disadvantaged Learners” and the EU citizenship game, both translated into six EU languages

The UNESCO Chair team involved in this project will be focused on:

  • Organizing the kick off meeting;
  • Developing unit 3 of the manual: EU citizens’ rights and responsibilities;
  • Developing level 2 of the game: Learn the citizens’ rights and responsibilities
  • Organizing Regional CivicAL Forum to disseminate the development CivicAL output, tested and available for free use by the project targets.
  • Opening and managing Facebook Group.

Moreover, to facilitate the aforementioned project, the UNESCO Chair will also provide a Code of Ethics to guide the work of the consortium.

“As Professor of Philosophy of Law, International Law, and Chairholder of UNESCO Chair, I granted the request to participate in CivicAL project, because I think it is fundamental to understand that on one hand migrants’ rights need to be respected, and on the other, migrants have their responsibilities towards the host countries. Education is a pillar in the existence of a person, a tool that frees minds and gives access to opportunities. As a UNESCO Chair, which seeks to Foster the Art of Convergence and Cooperation in Global Ethics, in EU, it is our duty to provide education tools to migrants, but it is also their responsibility to be committed to it.” Alberto Garcia, Chairholder of UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights.


VIII International Bioethics Conference in Bogotá

VIII International Bioethics Conference in Bogotá

By Santiago Marcet – 

The Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Dr. Alberto García Gómez, attended the VII International Congress of Bioethics held by the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada in Bogotá, Colombia, during the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October.


In his lecture titled “Neurobioethics, Placing the Human Being at the Center of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law” Dr. García reviewed some of the most prominent topics in the field of neurotechnology, and as the title suggests, he was able to explore the ways in which the human being ought to remain the gravitational center of such a rapidly evolving reality.

The first issue Dr. García addressed was the need to re-formulate the ways in which we think about our brain. What is the relation between mind and brain? Despite the common claims that both are one and the same thing, we are still unable to locate the human sense of identity and self within any of the 28 substructures of the brain. The intangibility of human singularity invites us to think of the human being not only as an material entity, but also as a transcendent one: by means of rationality, we are able to place our inclinations beyond the contingencies of our material body, interact with others in society and foment virtue.


This perception of the human being introduced Dr. García’s next discussion, namely the bioethics of neuroscience. As he insisted, a position open to progress and change must belong to all bioethicists, as long as the overarching anthropological view is not lost. Moral judgement, he stated, must focus on two elements when talking about neuroscientific ends: the means by which they are achieved and their intention. Drawing on this distinction, Dr. García talked about the essential differences between therapy and enhancement, which lead him to address Transhumanism in a neutrally critical way: the disposition to endow the human being with a higher degree of dignity by means of biological enhancement can prove to be a slippery slope, and common good must prevail over individual dispositions. Many questions surround this topic: does all scientific advance constitute progress? Will enhanced human capabilities increase the already existing gap between the rich and the poor? Will the transhuman being constitute a new paradigm that will make the concept of human singularity blur? These and many other issues should always be addressed bearing the idea of human dignity in mind.


Reversing the actors of his previous discussion, Dr. García talked about the neuroscience of ethics. Or in other words, the ways in which neuroscience can help us understand the intricacies of our moral thought. He explained the problems that arise from the implantation of recent theories that deny the existence of human free will. If there is indeed a measurable relation between certain brain structures and human behavior, if human choices are nothing more than the end of a chain of causality that is merely material, he states, the concepts of responsibility (in moral terms) and imputability (in legal terms) lose all meaning.


Dr. García finished his lecture reminding us that human dignity is not derived from the complexity of our biological structures nor from our mental functions and faculties. Rather, it is found in the metaphysical reality that goes along the fact of being human: transcendence.

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