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Summer School: TISS 2017 "Neural Prosthetics: From Restoration to Enhancement of Biological Systems? Perspectives from Science, Ethics and Philosophy"
Tübingen International Summer School 2017

from: 2017, 24 Sep - 10:00 to: 2017, 27 Sep - 17:00

Neural Prosthetics: From Restoration to Enhancement of Biological Systems?

Perspectives from Science, Ethics and Philosophy

Date and Venue

September 24-27, at Cloister Heiligkreuztal

Topic

Advances in neuroscience and technology are currently occurring faster than ever before and are reaching for goals that recently seemed unimaginable. These rapid developments in both regimes do also push forward the design of neural prostheses, which already have become feasible alternatives to aid people with neurological disorders. Currently, the primary function of such neural prostheses still is to restore the loss of sensory, motor or cognitive functionality in diverse patient populations. Yet, we already are at a stage where the development in brain-computer interfaces is seeking for tools to enhance and extend the capabilities of intact biological systems. What could be the next steps in the design of neural interfaces and what might be their impact on individuals and societies? In this year’s TISS we will present and discuss the basic science and methodology behind neural prosthesis. Current and future fields of application will be highlighted and critically discussed - also from the perspective of ethics and philosophy, including transhumanism. In this transdisciplinary setting we try to provide a broader view on the field of Neural Prosthetics and we will explore its perspectives, risks and promises.

Programme and Speakers

A preliminary programme can be found here. For a list of speakers and some information about them, visit here.

How to Apply

The summer school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and graduate students working in neurobiology, neuroscience, medicine psychology, humanities, and other relevant disciplines. Board and lodging (in double rooms) will be provided.

There are no participation fees to be paid, although traveling costs and beverages have to be covered by the participants.

For your application please submit:

  • Brief cover letter
  • CV
  • Filled out application form


Applications should be sent in via e-mail or to our postal address: FORUM SCIENTIARUM, Doblerstr. 33, 72074 Tübingen, Germany

DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

ALSO SEE: www.forum-scientiarum.uni-tuebingen.de/tiss


Tübingen International Summer School 2017 is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.

Location: Cloister Heiligkreuztal, Tübingen
Organization:
  • Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
  • University of Tübingen
Contact: Dr. Axel Lindner
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