Towards a Bioesthetics in favor of integral human health

On January 8th and 9th our Director Prof. Alberto Garcia and our two research scholars Dr. Giulia Bovassi and Dr. Melissa Maioni will participare in the second seminar in Bioesthetics organized by the Bioesthetics Group of Study (Grupo de Estudio Bioestética – GEB) in Madrid.

Specifically, Prof. Alberto Garcia will give a lecture on “The self-transforming power of beauty in the behavior of the patient and the healthcare professional”. Dr. Giulia Bovassi will discuss “The vulnerability of the flesh as an expression of beauty” during the first panel and Dr. Melissa Maioni  “The inexhaustible desire for beauty as an effective cure in the experience of the disease” during the second one.

Moreover, the GEB  in collaboration with the International Bioethics Network, aesthetics, technoscience and biolaw, have obtained the resources to publish a second Monograph on Bioesthetics, which will allow the dissemination of our research during the year 2019, compiling the texts corresponding to the interventions of its members during the meetings of July 2019 and January 2020.

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Meeting of the “BIOETICA Y BIOESTETICA” Group of Study






“Phenomenology of the aesthetic experience and its influence on human behavior and virtue”


  • Share moments of coexistence among GBE members.
  • Report the GBE’s progress during the year 2017 (activities, new members and publications).
  • Set objectives and common actions that we agree for 2018.
  • And above all … listen and talk about a topic of interest (the aesthetic experience) that can illuminate and provoke our vision on the subject and its impact on bioethics, as well as to inspire one or several future publications of the members as part of the GBE.


10:00 Welcome Presentation “The aesthetic experience”. Prof. FRANCISCO BUENO

10:45 Questions and answers.

11:00 Discussion and reflections on the aesthetic experience that can inspire and illuminate the elaboration of a future essay in which each one of the members of the GBE will explore, from their perspective and area of ​​interest, the theme of the meeting. Possibly some of the members can share, also, their essay that will be published in the book “Essays on Bioesthetics”

11:30 Coffee

12:00 Discussion and reflections (continued)

13:15 Progress report on GBE’s work. Prof. ALBERTO GARCÍA GÓMEZ and Prof. JAVIER BARRACA MAIRAL

13:45 Conclusions and joint work proposal

14:00 Lunch at the UFV


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Beauty, Living Beings and People: A Look from Bioethics, Aesthetics, Technoscience and Biolaw

Beauty, Living Beings and People: A Look from Bioethics, Aesthetics, Technoscience and Biolaw


The UNESCO Chair will host a cultural and academic encounter on the “Beauty, Living Beings and People: A Look from Bioethics, Aesthetics, Technoscience and Biolaw” in Madrid from November 27th to December 2nd.

The scheduled meetings of this event will shape the investigation and work of the International Network of Bioethics, Aesthetics, Technoscience, and Biolaw. Members of the International Research Group Bioethics and Aesthetics will review the chapters of the book project written in collaboration with the UMNG on “Global Bioethics Genomics and Human Improvement in the 21st Century.” Researchers will also discuss the participation into the Summer Course that will offer the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum of Rome, on “Human Enhancement: Bioethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies” that will take place on July 2018, under the direction of the Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Prof. Alberto García.

Among the participants in the program, Prof. Alberto García, will talk about the “Challenges of Global Bioethics, Beauty, Aesthetics, Justice and Human Rights.” On the other hand, Dr. Amparo de Jesús Zárate Cuello (Universidad Militar de Nueva Granada) will speak about “Challenges of Bioethics for the Baby Design in Relation to the Assisted Human Fertilization.”

This event is one of the fruitful initiatives of our “Bioethics Global Art” endeavor, intending to bridge art and bioethics by studying the relation and interaction between bioethics and art and the impact of art in human behavior, evaluate the impact of the transformative power of arts in research and medical ethics as well as in environmental ethics and bridging the gap between academics involved and working in bioethics and the art world by carrying research activities and publications.

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