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Natalie Colaneri

Natalie ColaneriNatalie Colaneri received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2012. She has a strong interest in drug use and addiction, and is currently working on a research project at the Uehiro Centre studying the ethics of pharmacological cognitive enhancement in higher education. Natalie has previously interned for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and has pursued research on ADHD stimulant diversion with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Cohen Childrens Medical Center of NY. Natalie hopes to become an addiction psychiatrist one day while continuing to study the future implications of drug use for cognitive enhancement. 

Alexandra Couto

Alexandra Couto

Alexandra Couto is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo University. She holds a MPhil and a DPhil in Political Theory from Oxford University. Her recent research focuses on the three following topics: the role of responsibility in luck egalitarianism, the conditions for the justifiability of interpersonal forgiveness and issues relating to the Beneficiary Principle, a principle according to which we might accrue remedial duties by benefitting (innocently) from injustices. Her recently published book Liberal Perfectionism: The Reasons that Goodness Gives defends a minimal form of liberal perfectionism.

Antonio Diéguez

Antonio Dieguez

Antonio Diéguez is  professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Málaga, Spain. Currently, he is the first elected president of the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Filosofía de la Biología (AIFIBI). His first main research interest was the contemporary debate about scientific realism. On this issue he published a book and several papers. In these works he defended a moderate scientific realism. He has also published several papers and two books as a co-author on the difficulties to get control of our modern technology. He has extended his research interests to the field of Philosophy of Biology, working especially on the evolutionary explanation of the mind and its philosophical consequences. He has published a book on this topic (La evolución del conocimiento: De la mente animal a la mente humana, 2011).

He is also the author of a handbook of philosophy of biology titled La vida bajo escrutinio. Una introducción a la filosofía de la biología (2012) and a handbook of philosophy of science titled Filosofía de la ciencia (2005).

Darlei Dall'Agnol

Darlei Dall'Agnol

Darlei Dall'Agnol is Professor of Ethics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brasil. He completed his PhD at the Bristol University, UK (2001), on the concept of intrinsic value. He has published several articles and books on ethics including two on bioethics. Currently, he is researcher of the CNPq (National Counsel for Scientific and Technological Development) working on the project "Care & Respect: rethinking the metaethical and normative basis of bioethics"

Fatima Sabir

Fatima Sabir

Fatima Sabir is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Department of Philosophy & Science Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. She received her Master of Arts in Philosophy & Science Studies and Social Science in 2014. Previously Fatima worked for the Danish Ethical Council. Fatimas research interests are within the fields of bioethics and neuroethics. Her Ph.D. project is concerned with the permissibility of moral bioenhancement.

Milene Consenso Tonetto

Milene Consenso Tonetto

Milene is adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. She completed her doctorate in philosophy in 2010 writing a thesis on the foundations of human rights. She is the author of the book "Human rights in Kant and Habermas" (2010). In her recent research she investigates the criticisms and the implications of thinking about bioethical issues from a morality based on human rights.

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.