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Call for Participants: British Council Researcher Links Early Career Workshop – Developing Ethics Education in Universities.

A collaboration between the Autonomous University of Nayarit and iSEI. Please see the call for participants for more detail. Application deadline 21.04.14.

22 May - 1 June 2014, Hay-on-Wye

John Harris and Sarah Chan will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, this May. Bringing together world-leading scientists, musicians, philosophers and politicians including Roger Penrose, Bernard-Henri Levy, Laurie Penny, Charlotte Church, George Galloway, David Nutt, Katie Derham, Molotov Jukebox, Owen Jones, and Mr. Scruff for debates, talks, and wild parties, this year’s programme uncovers the new heresies that might become the truths of the future.

John Harris and Sarah Chan will be taking part in Beyond Good and Evil, Humanity Unbound, Don’t Be Afraid of the Future and more besides. For more info, head to:

Global Health, Global Goods, and International Community
Manchester, 1 - 3 June 2011, Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, The University of Manchester

The two-day conference will focus on issues in global health and questions concerning shared commitments within the international community. It will bring together leading experts from academia and policy, representing a broad diversity of disciplinary backgrounds and approaches. As part of this event, Professor Larry Gostin, from Georgetown University, will give a keynote public lecture entitled "Meeting Basic Survival Needs of the World's Least Healthy People: Toward a Framework Convention on Global Health".

“Greening Humanity”: Science, innovation, ethics and the green economy
Athens, 14 – 16 October 2010

This event is sponsored by the Eugenides Foundation and will look at the relationship between sustainable development (Green Economy) and scientific innovation. This major international conference will aim to bring together the very best in business and academia to address this vital topic.

More information about this conference will be available shortly.

23 March 2010

Wellcome Distinguished Lecture 2010
4pm, Thursday 21 October 2010

Room 2.218, University Pace
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT

Enhancing who? Enhancing what? Ethics, bioethics, and transhumanism.

Professor Tom Koch
Adjunct Professor of Medical Geography, The University of British Columbia

Enquiries to:

12 Oct 2010

Recent contributions to policy reports and statements

Royal Society Brain Waves: Royal Society publishes first report on neuroscience, society and public policy, with chapter on Neuroethics by John Harris and Sarah Chan (January 2011)

Hinxton Group on stem cells: John Harris and Sarah Chan contributed to statement on Policies and Practices Governing Data and Materials Sharing and Intellectual Property in Stem Cell Science (January 2011)

The Manchester Manifesto

The Manchester Manifesto, launched in late November 2009, is a response to the threat posed by the current system of Intellectual Property. The document has its origins in the Institute’s launch event during which we considered the question of ‘Who Owns Science?’.

Manifesto update

The launch of The Manchester Manifesto has attracted a great deal of attention. Read our Responses.

25 November 2009

Wellcome Strategic Programme

iSEI is pleased to announce the Wellcome Strategic Programme on The Human Body, its Scope, Limits and Future. This new 5-year programme of work is one of four in the UK to be supported by a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Strategic Award.

The programme, with a value of more than £800,000, is led by Professor John Harris and colleagues in iSEI and enables an exciting new collaboration with Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Professor of Medical and Family Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. The multidisciplinary nature of the work will draw on expertise in philosophy, bioethics, medical jurisprudence and social sciences to follow five strands of innovative research in: human biomaterials, genethics, enhancement, reproduction and methods in bioethics.

1 December 2008

Who Owns Science? iSEI launch meeting and public lectures

To mark the launch of iSEI, Professor Sir John Sulston, and Professor Joseph Stiglitz, chair of BWPI gave agenda-setting public lectures around the topic Who Owns Science? that considered whether science has become a victim of commercial funding.

  • The public lectures are available in Resources to view and as transcripts to download.
  • Go to our Activities diary > Media highlights to listen to the interview with Professor Sulston and Stiglitz on BBC Radio 4 Today programme on the morning of the launch.

5 July 2008