2019 Neuroscience and Society Conference

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Event Details

3 December 2019 at 8:30 am – 4 December 2019 at 5:00 pm
Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
$95.00 - $195.00


The 2019 Neuroscience and Society Conference will feature a wide range of exciting scientific, ethical, philosophical and legal lectures and discussions on the theme of ‘Neuroscience and Responsibility’.

There is a wide range of ways in which neuroscience can invoke responsibility. The identification of differences in brain structure and function among some individuals may potentially have important implications for criminal and moral responsibility in our legal system and other key social institutions. Neuroscience research and the development of new neurotechnologies needs to be undertaken responsibly to ensure we realise its promise while mitigating unintended harms. How we structure the environment or design policies, interventions and social interactions can also influence the sorts of opportunities and behaviours that we are able to engage in. We also need to consider who should be held responsible when things go wrong in neuroscience research or when neurotechnologies result in unexpected side-effects.

Neuroscience and Society 2019 will feature internationally recognised keynote presentations from:

  • Professor Judy Illes (Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia and Order of Canada)
  • Professor Jennifer Chandler (Bertram Loeb Research Chair, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa)
  • Professor Joan Leach (Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University)
  • Professor Julian Savulescu (Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, University of Oxford)

The conference program includes a number of symposium, panel and lightning presentations on the following topics:

  • Neuroscience and Public Health
  • Neurointerventions
  • Neuroscience in the Courts
  • Digital Health
  • Animal Models
  • Criminal Responsibility
  • Agency and Responsibility

Neuroscience and Society 2019 will also feature additional public events during the course of the meeting. It is essential that you register for these events separately to guarantee your space.