Science in the 21st Century may radically and profoundly change human life. Without practical ethics, our knowledge of what we can do will radically outstrip our understanding of what we should do. Read more...  

Blog - Practical Ethics in the News

Researchers from the Institute for Science and Ethics, the Future of Humanity Institute, and the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics provide a daily ethical analysis of science and technology currently in the news in our increasingly popular blog.

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HT13 Seminar Series: Ethics and 21st Century Challenges

Can we develop a common set of values to protect resources? Improve food yields without breaking ethical codes? Is there space for individual moral and legal responsibility on a technologically complex battlefield? 


Last updated: 2013-01-07

How The Light Gets In 2012: Enhancing Morality Video

How the light gets in festival 2012

'Enhancing Morality' video from 'How The Light Gets In 2012' now available.


Last updated: 2013-01-07

Bennett Foddy interview on Radical Life Extension

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Bennett Foddy was recently interviewed for The Atlantic magazine for an article 'Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We're Doing it Wrong'



Last updated: 2012-05-23




ISE is a member of The Oxford Bioethics Network.  OxBioNet is comprised of seven research centres in the University of Oxford concerned with the ethical, legal and social aspects of biomedical and healthcare developments.


The Institute for Science and Ethics (formerly known as Program on Ethics of the New Biosciences) was established in June 2005 with funding from the Oxford Martin School. It is a research project based within the University of Oxford's Faculty of Philosophy. The project has a multidisciplinary team, which includes expertise in medicine, philosophy, practical ethics, sociology and psychology.



The planned program will provide a new paradigm for research. It will be broadly interdisciplinary and there will be close collaboration with scientific institutes within the UK and internationally. It will address cutting edge and future issues arising from scientific advance through working with scientists.