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Selected presentations

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Event

Presentation

Presenters

17-18 March 2011 Ethics and Ageing-EOB International Conference at VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Enhancement: longevity/immortality, Ecce homo: the implicit anthropology of bioethics and the ageing person John Harris, Søren Holm
20 January 2011 The future of biobanking in Europe: Searching for answers to the ethical and legal challenges of human tissue research, Göttingen, Germany Material from children Søren Holm
19 January 2011 UK National Stem Cell Network (UKNSCN) Stem Cell Road show, Manchester Museum, Manchester The ethics of stem cell research and treatment Rebecca Bennett
8 December 2010 Ethical Issues in Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Brussels, Belgium Ethical issues and the specificities of SSH research methodology Søren Holm
21 October 2010 Holyoake Lecture, Greater Manchester Humanists, St Peter's House, Manchester Taking the human out of Humanism John Harris
11 October 2010 Science College, Ruhr University Research School, Germany What is Science For? John Harris

1 October 2010

75th Anniversary of Theoria Journal, Stockholm, Sweden

Status quo bias in ethics and the intuition that harming is worse that not benefiting

Søren Holm

24 September 2010

Innovate/Activate - the relationship between intellectual property systems and activism, New York Law School, USA

Keynote lecture on the themes of the Manchester Manifesto Catherine Rhodes

1 September 2010

Synthetic Biology for Human Health: Ethical and Legal Aspects (SYBHEL) Workshop, Bilbao, Spain

Synthetic Biology and Ownership: Beyond Considerations of Intellectual Property

Muireann Quigley and Anna Pacholczyk
1 September 2010

University of Greifswald International Ethics Conference, Heringdorf, Germany

Ethics for an ageing world John Harris

John Harris

 

Media highlights

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Subject

Details

19 September 2012 The Guardian 100 most endangered species John Harris comments on a gene therapy that has the potential to alleviate great suffering: Misleading talk of 'three-parent babies' helps no one
12 September 2012 The Independent 100 most endangered species Editorial: The ugly deserve protection, too
11 September 2012 The Telegraph 100 most endangered species Bring back dodo and dinosaur if you think all species have equal right to exist, scientist says
11 September 2012

BBC Radio 4 Today programme

100 most endangered species 'Moral imperative' to save endangered species - Prof Jonathan Baillie
9 September 2012 BBC Radio 4 Today programme 100 most endangered species

Sarah Chan talks about the '100 most endangered' list on Radio 4's Today Programme (mp3).

See Blog: Endangered species: Yes, we should care – but why?

20 June 2011 Channel 4 Compulsory organ donation John Harris appeared on Channel 4’s 4thought to open a series of 5 minutes viewpoint films on an ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation
4-5 January 2011 The Independent
The Mail Online
BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight
BBC Radio Five Live
Legalising the Sale of Human Organs Article in The Independent and then in The Mail Online featuring comments by John Harris, supported by some leading surgeons, on the need to create an ethical market in human organs.
John also gave radio interviews on the topic, for Radio 4’s The World Tonight with Robin Lustig (mp3) and debated with Keith Rigg, the head of the British Transplantation Society on BBC Radio Five Live (mp3).
1 December 2010 BBC Radio Manchester Dementia test Muireann Quigley spoke on BBC Radio Manchester’s Heather Stott show about the bioethics of a new test which can detect dementia in later life.
30 November 2010 Chemistry World Magazine Glasgow IP giveaway Article in Chemistry World Magazine in which John Sulston commented on Glasgow University’s decision to give away some of its intellectual property.
22 October 2010 Athens News Online Universities for a green future Article in Athens News Online about the Greening Humanity Conference co-hosted by iSEI and the Eugenides Foundation, at which John Sulston gave a keynote address on the role of Universities in greening humanity.
7 October 2010 The Times Eureka 100 – The Science List John Sulston is ranked sixth in The Times’ list of most influential figures in British science.
24 September 2010 Men’s Health Magazine Enhancing the brain John Harris explains why he thinks drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall, which can help consolidate memory, should be made freely available.

[-] Highlights 2009 - 2010 (click + to expand)

Selected presentations

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Event

Presentation

Presenters

22 June 2010 Centre for Philosophy and the Ethics of Science
University of Hannover, Germany
Smart Drugs: is it unfair for healthy adults to use them? John Harris
21 June 2010 The Medical Faculty, University of Muenster, Germany Mermaids and Centaurs: the ethics of crossing human-animal boundaries
John Harris
11 June 2010 Humans and Other Animals: Challenging the Boundaries of Humanity Conference,
Institute of Philosophy , London
Opening Lecture: “Personhood for Animals”
John Harris
04 June 2010 Disability and the Good Life, Basel University and Centre for Ethics in Zurich, Switzerland Disability and Enhancement: Which do you want for yourself, your children, your society and what should we want for you? John Harris

24 May 2010
Public debate with the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, The Royal Society, London Public debate: The Manchester Manifesto. Ethics and Patents
Read the Manchester Manifesto and responses to it
John Harris, John Sulston
16 March 2010 The Great Science Debate, Tyne and Wear Museum, Newcastle
Should we trust science?
John Sulston

03 March 2010

National Ethics Councils Forum, Madrid, Spain

Are the so called 'classical' bioethics principles in the developed countries still valid? Opening lecture

John Harris

02 March 2010

On Being Human -Uniqueness and Dignity: Theological and Biomedical Perspectives, Regents Park College, Oxford

Enhancing the Human Image: Ethical Perspectives John Harris

25 February 2010

Deutscher Ethikrat (the German National Ethics Council), Berlin, Germany

International expert evidence on human animal mixing

John Harris


18-19 February 2010

What do we owe Future People? Conference, Gothe University, Germany

What we owe Future People?

John Harris

11 February 2010

Cambridge Bioethics Forum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

Cognitive Enhancement: Science and the safety of the people

John Harris

22 January 2010

Immune Pathology and Orphaned Diseases Conference, Turin, Italy

Keynote Lecture: 'How technology is changing human nature'

John Harris

Media highlights

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Media

Subject

Details

25 May 2010 BBC Radio 4, The Today Programme Synthetic life forms 'pretty but insignificant' BBC Radio 4 interview with John Sulston on new research  to create ‘synthetic life’.
21 May 2010 The Independent Synthetic cell is a giant leap for science and an even bigger leap for mankind Article in The Independent featured comments by John Harris responding to new research to create ‘synthetic  life’ .
5 May 2010 The Daily Telegraph Opt-out organ donor system 'would increase transplants' The Daily Telegraph referred to a paper published by  John Harris and Sheila Bird in the British Medical Journal: ‘Time to move to presumed consent for organ donation’.
4 February 2010 The Independent and The Independent Online Commentary: The consciousness of these people remains a closed door Article in The Independent  by John Harris responding to research which appeared to show patients in a persistent vegetative state responding to simple questions.
25 January 2010 BBC News at 10 Assisted suicide John Harris commented on the case of Bridget Gilderdale who was charged with attempted murder after assisting in the death of her severely ill daughter.
05 January 2010 The Guardian Online Aviation security without dogma Annabelle Lever’s commentary on security, liberty and equality in the light of attempted Christmas Day bombing on The Guardian Online.

[-] Highlights 2008 - 2009 (click + to expand)

Selected presentations

Date

Event

Presentation

Presenters

25 February 2009 Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University Owning Knowledge: Science, Health and Law in an Integrated World (panel discussion) John Sulston
5 March 2009 World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research Basic ethical, legal and political freedom of research and teaching (keynote lecture) John Harris
12 May 2008 Distinguished Public Lecture, in the Sheldonian Theatre, James Martin 21st Century School, University of Oxford What is science for? (view podcast) John Sulston,
John Harris
5 July 2008 Who Owns Science? iSEI launch, Manchester Who Owns Science?
See: Resources

John Sulston

10-12 September 2008 World Knowledge Dialogue symposium, Switzerland Knowledge and responsibility
Regulation and control of knowledge
John Sulston (keynote public lecture)
John Harris
13 October 2008 The Nature Debate, Kings Place, London Enhancing the Brain John Harris

11 December 2008

Publication of Commentary article in Nature on enhancing the brain Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy (Nature 2008; 456, 702-705). John Harris (co-author)

Media highlights

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Media

Subject

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1 January 2009 The Times Enhancing the Brain Students should be allowed to take “smart drugs” to help boost their academic performance, suggests John Harris in Times Online, Education News.
16 February 2009 The Daily Mail Erasing bad memories John Harris’ discussion of the ‘pill to erase bad memories’ becomes front page news in The Daily Mail.
15 February 2009 Channel 4 News Erasing bad memories John Harris was interviewed on the potential benefits and pitfalls of a new drugs that 'can erase bad memories' for Channel 4 News broadcast.
13 February 2009 The Times Genetic testing at birth Should we sequence everyone’s genome? John Harris joins the debate in The Times.
6 July 2008 BBC Radio 4, Broadcasting House Human enhancement John Harris discusses the use of performance enhancing drugs for cognition and sports (download MP3, courtesy of the BBC)
5 July 2008 BBC News Online Who Owns Science? John Sulston argues for open medicine reported by BBC News Online (4 July) and BBC News Online audio.
5 July 2008 The Telegraph Who Owns Science? News report in The Telegraph.
5 July 2008 The Times Who Owns Science? Science is being held back by outdated laws, Letter to the Editor by John Sulston and Joseph Stiglitz.
News report on Letter to the Editor.
5 July 2008 BBC Radio 4, The Today Programme Who Owns Science? John Sulston and Joseph Stiglitz interviewed to mark the launch of iSEI (download MP3, courtesy of the BBC).
26 November 2009 The Guardian and The Guardian Online Science in Shackles John Sulston, John Harris and Sarah Chan wrote a comment piece for The Guardian to coincide with the launch of the Manchester Manifesto. A piece which received a large number of comments on line and lead to our debate with The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) in May 2010.

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