Speakers

The confirmed speakers include:

Benedetta Bisol studied philosophy  in Padua (Italy) and Freiburg i. B. (Germany). She received her PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich with a thesis on Fichte’s philosophy.  (Körper, Freiheit und Wille: Die transzendentalphilosophische Leiblehre J. G. Fichtes. Wurzburg, 2011). From February 2008 until March 2012 she worked  as research fellow at the Humboldt University (Berlin) within a project about Doping and Enhancement (www.translating-doping.de). Her areas of research include: classical German philosophy, phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, bioethics.

Christopher Coenen is a political scientist who studied political science, history and social sciences at the University of Heidelberg, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the Free University of Berlin. Since 2003, he has worked for the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) which is an institute of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Before moving to Karlsruhe in 2009, Coenen was based in Berlin, where he worked for the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB), which is run by ITAS. As team member or project leader, he has conducted technology assessment, foresight and ELSA (ethical, legal, societal aspects of science and technology) projects on behalf of the German Parliament, the European Parliament, the European Commission, and other institutions. His main fields of interest are the assessment of emerging technoscientific fields and discourses (e.g. human enhancement, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and converging technologies), social, cultural and political aspects of information and communication technologies, political and social theory, philosophy and cultural studies of technology, and the modern history of futurist ideas on science and technology.

Patrick Gaudray is senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is Member of the French National Ethics Advisory Committee for Life Sciences and Health (CCNE) and he is Chair of its Technical Section. His main research interests are genetics and genomics, and the control and regulation of genome stability and its alterations in cancers. He authored or co-authored about 100 scientific publications, among which 85 original reports in international peer-reviewed journal (>3400 citations ISI, H-index = 30) and he was invited to lecture in 75 conferences in France and abroad. He was Deputy director in charge of genetics, genomics, development and cancer at the Life Science Division of CNRS (2000 – 2006). He is currently Member  of the Scientific council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IHEST) and Member  of the Committee for Ethics & Cancer of the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer:

Fabio Grigenti is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Padua University, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology. He teaches Social and Professional Ethics (Deontology) and History of Science at the Faculty of Education. Since 2005 he is Tutor in the class of the Human Sciences at the Galileian School of Higher Education. Fabio Grigenti is a member of the Scientific Council at the Interdepartmental Centre of the History of Science and since 2007 is member of the Scientific Council in the Interdepartmental Centre for the Ethics and Legal Certification (sector Nanotechnology) at Padua’s University.

Søren Holm is a Danish doctor and philosopher and holds a PhD and a higher Danish doctorate in medical ethics. He is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester and part-time Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Oslo. He was previously a member of the Danish Council of Ethics for 8 years and have just finished a 6 year period as a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He has been active in bioethics since the late 1980s and have written on many issues in the field, including enhancement and the role of bioethics committees / councils. He is the current editor of the journal Clinical Ethics and was from 2004-2011 the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Stéphanie Lacour, Researcher at the Centre for international legal cooperation of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Ivry sur Seine.


Ruud ter Meulen 
is the project co-ordinator of EPOCH. He is psychologist and ethicist. He is Chair for Ethics of Medicine and Director of the Centre for ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol. Previously he has worked as Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Director of the Institute for Bioethics at the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands). Ruud Ter Meulen has been working on a broad range of issues in medical ethics, particularly issues of justice in health care, ethical issues of health care reform and health policy, ethics of evidence based medicine, ethical issues of long-term care and ethics of research and research ethics committees. He has directed several international projects and was principal co-ordinator of a range of European projects. He was the principal coordinator of the ENHANCE project, funded within the Sixth Framework Program of the European Commission, dealing with the ethical, philosophical and social issues of enhancement technologies. He is currently co-ordinator of the European SYBHEL project on the ethical, legal and social issues of synthetic biology as applied to human health.

Daniela Marrani, University of Salerno, Italy.

Ana Nordberg is a former lawyer, currently affiliated with the Center for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR), at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen, Danmark. At CIIR she is working on her PhD dissertation that concerns nanotechnology patents, with special focus on nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology. This research project explores the possible impact of emerging technologies on the patent system in terms of balance between public access to state of the art health care and incentive to scientific research and industrial innovation. Ana Nordberg current research interests include the application of patent exclusions and exceptions to nanotechnology inventions; patentability of human enhancement; the role of ethical considerations in patent law; and the intersection between patent law, competition law and human rights.

 Elena Pariotti is full professor at Padua University, “Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies”. She teaches ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Legal Theory’; is a member of the teaching staff on the ‘Erasmus Masters of Bioethics’, on the postgraduate programme in ‘Bioethics’ at the University of Padova and on the postgraduate programme in ‘Human Rights: Evolution, Guarantee and Limits’ in consortium with the University of Palermo. Elena is a member of the scientific board of the “Center of Environmental law decisions and Ethical Corporate Certification” and deputy director of the “Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies”. She was visiting scholar at Amsterdam Centre for International Law, Amsterdam University (The Netherlands) (2007): at Melbourne Law School, hosted by Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILaH) (2006); at Oxford University (Balliol College) (1996-7). Elena’s research topics are: Human rights, philosophy of international law, international justice, legal interpretation, multiculturalism, theories of regulation.

Federico Pedrocchi is a journalist and science communicator. Expert in New Media, he has been consultant to the European Commission on the procedures to improve relations between the media and scientific research. He organized the two-day meeting on  Science in the era of Digital Technologies for the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto in 2007; he teaches New Media at the Master course in Scientific Communication and Innovation at the Università Milano Bicocca , and is the scientific director of the monthly science magazine Newton. In the radio broadcasting sector, he has conducted transmissions for the Italian radio, Radio RAI3, and for Radio Popolare which he was one of the founders of, and currently he conducts and directs the weekly science transmission Moebius – managing its website as well  (www.moebiusonline.eu) – broadcast on Radio 24 – Il Sole 24 Ore. He participates in the coordinating group of the European project, Nanochannels, dedicated to the analysis of collective imagination on Nanotechnologies, and directs Triwù, a Web TV project dedicated to innovation that will be online at the end of December 2011.

Corinna Porteri works as a researcher in Bioethics and as the person responsible for the Bioethics Unit at the IRCCS Saint John of God Fatebenefratelli in Brescia, Italy. The Centre is a Scientific Institute for Research and Care of national relevance whose mission involves translational research in the rehabilitation of Alzheimer’s disease and mental disorders. She is particularly involved in studies on the bioethical aspects related to care and research in people with psychiatric disorders and dementia. She is also involved in the activities of the Ethics Committee of her institute that serves eight other hospitals in the North of Italy. She was academic visitor at the Ethox Centre, Oxford University UK (2008 and 2011), and fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge MA (2010). She was visiting lecturer at St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza (2012).

Amedeo Santosuosso is among the founders and President of the Interdepartmental Research Centre European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies (ECLT), University of Pavia. He was a Judge at the Court of Milan and in 2004 he was appointed Judge at the Milano Court of Appeal, where he has served in the 2 Civil Division and in the specialized chamber on Intellectual Property Rights. He has cooperated with the Scientific Committee of the Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (The Higher Council of the Judiciary) in teaching and in the organization of courses on biotechnology and bioethics and he served as member of several ministerial advisory boards on topics such as pressure hydration and nutrition in PVS (pressure support ventilation) patients, transplants from living donors, cryopreservation of human embryos. He has been teaching a course on New aspects of personal freedom at the University of Milan, Law Science, New Technologies at the University of Pavia, as well as Science and Law at the International PhD course, Foundations of Life Science and Their Ethical Consequences, a joint program of University of Milano and European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM). He was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Boston College Law School. He participates (2011-12) in the European Robotics Coordination Action (euRobotics) and is actively working at a draft of Green Paper on “A legal framework for robotics in Europe.

Mariachiara Tallacchini is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Law Faculty of the Università Cattolica S.C. of Piacenza and of Bioethics at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Università degli studi of Milan (Italy). Her interests concern the legal regulation of science and technology in several domain of life sciences (biotechnology, tissue engineering and advanced therapies, xenotransplants). She has chaired the Committee on Science in Society for the European Commission’s FP7 and is a member of the Ethics Committee of IXA (International Xenotransplantation Association). Amongst her publications, Ethics and Genetics (2003), Biotecnologie. Aspetti etici, sociali, ambientali (2004); Trattato di Biodiritto (with Stefano Rodotà, 2010), Cibo e religione: diritto e diritti (with A.G. Chizzoniti 2010).

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