Professor of Philosophy
Kathinka Evers leads the CRB neuroethics research team. She is a co-director of the EU Flagship Human Brain Project. Her main research focus is neuroethics and the neural basis of consciousness and she teaches an advanced level course in neuroethics. Kathinka Evers conducted her doctoral studies in philosophy at Balliol College, University of Oxford, at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, and at Lund University, Sweden, where she received her doctoral degree in 1991. She has been a research fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford (1994); at the Department of Philosophy and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Colchester (1996-97); invited professor at the University of Tasmania, Hobart (1999), at École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2002), and at Collège de France, Paris (2006-7). For six years (1997-2002) she was the Executive Director for the Standing Committee on Responsibility and Ethics in Science (SCRES) of the International Council for Science (ICSU). She is also division leader for ethical and societal implications of the EU-flagship Human Brain Project. Kathinka Evers has recently been appointed Honorary Professor at Universidad Central de Chile.
Phone: +46 18 471 62 43
Neuroethics & Neurophilsophy
Any attempt at understanding how the mind and the brain work comes with a set of philosophical, ethical and social issues.
The Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project is one of the European Community flagship projects and involves over 100 groups. Kathinka Evers leads the philosophical research.
ELSI-Service for BBMRI.se
We run the ELSI-Services for BBMRI.se (BioBanking and Molecular Resource Infrastructure of Sweden): a national effort for efficient and automated collection of biological material funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Communicating with unconscious patients
The instrumental investigation and assessment of consciousness have witnessed an astonishing progress over the last years. Michele Farisco is looking at the neuroscience of disorders of consiousness.
Pervasive refusal syndrome
Karl Sallin is studying pervasive refusal syndrome as a disorder of consciousness.
Want to take an online course about applied and fundamental neuroethics and discuss clinical perspectives? Application deadline 15 October 2016.
Neurotechnology and direct brain communication
Welcome to a mini-symposium that will discuss new insights and responsibilities concerning speechless but communicative subjects.
Both infant brains and patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC) are at the forefront of contemporary neuroscience. The prospective use of neurotechnology to access mental states in these subjects, including neuroimaging, brain simulation, and brain computer interfaces, offers new opportunities for clinicians and researchers, but has also received specific attention from philosophical, scientific, ethical, and legal points of view.
When: October 6, 2016, 13-17
Where: BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, room A1:111a
- Neuroethics (7,5 credits, advanced level)
- Research Ethics and the Philosophy of Science (1,5 credit, postgraduate course for medicine and pharmacy)
- Introduction to Scientific Research (7,5 credits, postgraduate course for medicine and pharmacy)
- Michele Farisco: The neuroscience of disorders of consciousness: from laboratory to clinics
- Karl Sallin:What is it like to be unconscious? Perspectives from Philosophy and Neuroscience with special regards to Resignation Syndrome
- Frida Kuhlau: Dual use and responsible life science research – A bioethical approach (PhD 2013)
Recently in the media
The Utility- and Use–of Neurotechnology to Recover Consciousness: Technical and Neuroethical Considerations in Approaching the “Hard Question” of Neuroscience.(2017). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 11, ss. 1-3 DOI
- Neuroscience and Social Science: The Missing Link, . ss. 531-546 DOI
- Nature Reviews Neuroscience, vol. 18, ss. 1-2 DOI
- EMBO Reports, vol. 17, ss. 1361-1364 DOI
- AJOB Neuroscience, vol. 7, ss. 28-30 DOI
- Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 10 DOI
Neurotechnology and Direct Brain Communication: New insights and responsibilities concerning speechless but communicative subjects.
- Jahrbuch für Wissenschaft und Ethik, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter. vol. 19, ss. 239-253 DOI
- Open MIND . DOI
- Ethical Issues in Behavioural Neuroscience, . ss. 205-222 DOI
Neuroethics & Philosophy of the Brain
The CRB neuroethics research team is an international, multi-disciplinary group. Our backgrounds allow us to approach these issues from theoretical, philosophical, social, bio-political and clinical perspectives. We collaborate closely with neuroscientists to understand the ethical and philosophical questions that neuroscience brings. In this report, we provide a summary of our research. The report was updated in November 2016.
Neuroéthique. Quand la matière s'éveille
Evers K, Neuroéthique. Quand la matière s'éveille, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) 2014, originally published by Éditions Odile Jacob, Paris, 2009.
The book has sold out and we offer an author version for download. The book has also been published in Spanish (Evers K, Neuroética. Cuando la materia se despierta, Katz editores, 2010).