The development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) is an increasingly popular area of research that resides at the intersection of neuroscience and engineering. As this transdisciplinary field progresses into research with human subjects, it also raises novel ethical questions about the purpose, meaning, and implications of computational interventions into the human brain. At an even more basic level, ethical progress in this field depends on a solid understanding and implementation of informed consent. In this seminar, we have discussed evidence of, and possible responses to, the absence of attention to informed consent, rationales and critical reflection on ethical issues in BCI research.
Invited scholars chair an exclusive three-hour seminar, allowing students and young researchers to engage in a face-to-face encounter with the invited expert. The participants are given insights into scientific materials and will discuss the expert’s findings and publications in a small and intensive workshop environment. To ensure an in-depth exchange, participant numbers are limited and allocated on the basis of a short motivational letter.