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Catia Faria, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona)

Catia FariaCatia Faria is a PhD candidate at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and a researcher at CEHUM (Portugal). She has a BA in Philosophy (University of Porto) and an MA in Cognitive Sciences (University of Barcelona). Her main research interest lies in practical ethics, in particular animal ethics. She is currently writing her thesis on the ethics of intervention in nature. More specifically, she discusses the reasons we may have to prevent or alleviate harmful states of affairs for animals living in the wild caused by natural events. Moreover, she is interested in how principles of equality and priority apply to nonhuman animals and what this entails regarding our reasons to improve their well-being.

Emilian Mihailov, University of Bucharest

Emilian MihailovEmilian Mihailov is the Executive Director of the Research Centre in Applied Ethics (CCEA), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch. Emilians research interests are Kants moral philosophy, analytic moral philosophy, applied ethics, evolution of morality, neuroethics, Wittgensteins philosophy. Recent publications include Intuitive methods of moral decision making, a philosophical plea, in Valentin Muresan, Shunzo Majima (eds.), "Applied Ethics: Perspectives from Romania", Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University, 2013 and The Normativity of Kants Formula of the Law of Nature, "The Romanian Journal of Analytic Philosophy", Vol. VII, No. 2, 2013.

Loane Skene, University of Melbourne

Loane SkeneLoane Skene is a Professor at the Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and has served on numerous other federal and state advisory committees, especially concerning genetics and the law. In 2005, she was Deputy Chair of the Lockhart Committee on Human Cloning and Embryo Research and was a member of the Heerey Committee which conducted a further review of the federal legislation on cloning and embryo research. Professor Skene has published extensively in the field of health law, has been awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth for Service to Australian Society through the Exploration of Legal and Ethical Issues of Health Care, is the Inaugural Life Fellow of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law; and has been appointed as a Fellow of Queens College Melbourne and a Plumer Fellow of St Annes College Oxford.

James Williams, Oxford Internet Institute

Brunello StancioliJames Williams is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College studying the ethical design of persuasive technologies (i.e. technologies that are aimed at changing the behaviors or attitudes of users). For the past six years he has worked at Google, most recently as Global Search Lead, where he received the Founders Award (the companys highest honor) for his work on Googles search advertising systems. His interests include human-centered technology design, the psychology of goals and intentions, emerging technologies such as augmented reality and 3D printing, uses of technology to enhance life measurement/optimization, experimental philosophy, and games. A native of Texas, James studied English Literature and Classics as an undergrad and later earned a Masters in Human-Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington.