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Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy, and Ethics @ ONE UN New York Millennium Hotel
Apr 13 – Apr 18 all-day

This three-day conference, sponsored by Global Bioethics Initiative and Stasis Foundation, offers a unique opportunity to call attention to the impact of new technologies on the global profile of aging and longevity. By facilitating expert discussion in a unique setting regarding broad-based perspectives on these topics, the conference promotes global thinking, scientific exploration and policy orientation at the individual, social, community and macro-societal level.


Of ‘Gods and Monsters’: Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On @ Union University
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christina Bieber Lake, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College, and author of Prophets of the Posthuman: American Literature, Biotechnology and the Ethics of Personhood (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2013). Dr. Bieber Lake is also the author of the book The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor and many articles which have appeared in Books & Culture and elsewhere.

The primary theme of the convention will be a celebration of the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Union University itself envisions a campus-wide, interdisciplinary commemoration for the calendar year, though the focus for this conference will be, as always, on the intersection of theology and fiction. Within the Frankenstein motif, possible topics and areas of interest include:

  • Mary Shelley’s legacy in contemporary science fiction
  • Creation: Human, subhuman and posthuman
  • Narrative frames and the voice of the marginalized
  • Science, technology, and the limitations of knowledge
  • Maternity and paternity
  • Idealized vs. “monstrous” femininity
  • “Singularity” in terms of AI vs. human intelligence
  • Revisions of Frankenstein in movies/pop culture


Brain-based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations @ Illinois Institute of Technology Downtown Campus
May 10 – May 11 all-day

Organized by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology

This workshop seeks to explore the convergences and disparities in approaches to intelligence in neuroscience and computer science. It will reflect on how brain-based intelligence is similar to artificial intelligence and also how both can be combined in neurotechnology. Based on this, the workshop will explore the ethical and social implications that arise in AI and neurotechnology. We are using the term ‘brain-based’ intelligence to encompass both human and non-human animal intelligence. The workshop aims to advance an interdisciplinary discussion between scientists, practitioners, and scholars around these questions.

Invited speakers:

  • Maria Gini, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Mark Coeckelbergh, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna
  • Mikhail Lebedev, Center for Neuroengineering, Duke University

Topics for presentations may include but are not limited to:

  • Finding a Common Language: Psychology, Neuroscience, and AI
  • Understanding Intelligence: The Physiological and the Mechanical
  • Ethics of Anthropomorphic Design and Processes in AI
  • Ethical and Social Implications of AI and Neurotechnology
  • Rights in AI and Neurotechnology: Policies, Regulations and Legislation
  • Similarities and Differences of Ethics in AI and Neuroscience
  • Science-fiction: Friend or Foe? Merging of Brains and AI Technology Brain-Computer Interfaces Hybrid Intelligence

We invite presentations from the fields of neuroscience, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law, political science and social science. Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words.

Abstracts for 20-30 minute presentations are due by March 9, 2018. Please send your abstract to [email protected] also welcome your questions or proposals for additional workshop topics at [email protected].

The workshop will be held in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology downtown campus.


CBHD’s 25th Annual Summer Conference: Bioethics and Being Human @ Trinity International University
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s 25th Annual Conference: Bioethics & Being Human

Join us for our 25th annual summer conference, as we explore anew our individual and common humanity in light of the ever-evolving developments in medicine, science, and technology. Plenary speakers will address being and remaining human in an age of science and technology, genetics, neuroscience & the BRAIN Initiative; bioethics in literature and pop culture; human rights & dignity; and theological examinations of contentment, human flourishing, particularity, and embodiment as they relate to bioethics.

Engage more personally in workshops and parallel sessions on a wide spectrum of perennial and emerging issues in contemporary bioethics relevant to professional practice, public policy, scholarship, the classroom, and making moral decisions in everyday life.

Plenary speakers include Christina Bieber Lake, PhD; Dennis Hollinger, PhD; C. Christopher Hook, MD; Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD; Paul Scherz, PhD, PhD; Read Mercer Schuchardt, PhD; Michael Sleasman, PhD; Pia de Solenni, SThD; Morse Tan, JD; and Stephen Williams, PhD.

Conference workshops are sponsored by leading organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom, American Association of Prolife OB|GYNS, Americans United for Life, Charlotte Lozier Institute, and Joni & Friends. These workshops include sessions on rights of conscience, disability, pain management & addiction, among others.

Conference rates are reduced in honor of CBHD’s 25th anniversary. Continuing Medical Education credit is pending and expected to be available.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity is a Christian bioethics research center at Trinity International University committed to anticipating, interpreting, and engaging the pressing bioethical issues of our day from a Judeo-Christian Hippocratic perspective.

32nd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care: The Human Condition in between Medicine, Arts and the Humanities @ University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Aug 22 – Aug 25 all-day

This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon. The relationships between medicine, arts and the humanities are multifaceted owing to the intricate ways in which they reflect and are conditioned by basic traits of the human condition. Art, humanities and medicine have pivotal roles in shaping our cultural and individual self-understanding. Medicine, whilst being regarded as a dominantly scientific endeavour, is also referred to as the art of healing. At least some medical illustrations and 3D models can arguably be seen as art. In addition, cosmetic dentistry and surgery are informed by aesthetic criteria. Vice versa, art can be seen as a form of therapy. The humanities, finally, play an increasingly important role in both medical education and clinical practice. In a time of kaleidoscopic change in medical research, clinical practice and healthcare systems, the focus of this conference is on medicine and its relations with the arts and the humanities. Abstracts addressing any of the issues mentioned in the headings below from a philosophical and/or ethical perspective will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted.


Human Condition

  • Birth
  • Childhood & adolescence
  • Love, sex & reproduction
  • Illness/disease
  • Aging
  • Mortality and death


Arts and medicine

  • Literature and medicine
  • Music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature and their role in supporting health and wellbeing
  • Popular culture



  • Narrative medicine
  • Life cycle and human condition: Between biology and biography
  • Health narratives and the fabrication of truth
  • Shaping identity and reconfiguration of medicine
  • Art, science-fiction, scientific imagination


Humanities and medicine

  • Medical and health humanities
  • History
  • Film and theatre studies
  • Religious/theological studies
  • Medical anthropology


Hope between uncertainty and complexity

  • Progress and sustainability
  • Artificial intelligence in medicine /health care
  • Robotics (care, social and/or sex robots)
  • Cybersex, cyborgs, cryonics and solitude
  • Transhumanism and science fiction



  • Intellectual property and conflict management
  • Creativity, censorship, viability and sponsorship
  • Decoding, artification of medical objects
  • Access to, dispersion and disposal of medical collections
  • Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations


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