Public Forum: Ethics in Science
With the rapid advancement of science, ethical dilemmas arise frequently. These range from the use of embryonic stem cells or animals in research, deciding how much power to give robots and artificial intelligence, how far to go with clinical trials in humans or using modern technology to decide whether one should turn off the life support of someone in coma. Furthermore, though science is not infallible, it is essential that scientific research is pursued with integrity and transparency and to the highest possible standards. Scientists owe this dedication and honesty to their pursuit of truth and to the tax-payer who both funds and is the beneficiary of the research. At this forum, the following five internationally renowned scientists working in different fields will address some of these ethical issues and answer questions from the floor.
Sir Colin Blakemore, FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, FBPhS
Professor of Neuroscience,
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Waynflete Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford (1979-2007)
Chief Executive, Medical Research Council, UK (2002-2007)
Professor Michael Goldberg, MD
David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Ophthalmology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Past President, Society for Neuroscience
Professor Lyn Beazley, PhD, AO
Honorary Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Fellow
Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia
West Australian of the year 2015
Chief Scientist, Western Australia (2006-2013).
Professor Jakob Howhy, PhD
Cognition & Philosophy Lab,
Department of Philosophy
Professor David Vaux, AO, MBBS, PhD.
Deputy Director and Division Head,
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Member of the Board of the Center for Scientific Integrity, the parent organisation of Retraction Watch: http://retractionwatch.com/the-center-for-scientific-integrity/
The event and the Q & A will be moderated by Bernie Hobbs from the ABC, by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International