*Due to several requests, we have extended the deadline for submission. The new deadline is: February 25th, 2020*

The Italian Society for Neuroethics and the International Neuroethics Society are glad to announce the

Call for Papers 

for the 12th edition of the International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics

Neuroethics: New Ways of Investigating the Brain
Meetings on Neuroscience and Society, XII Edition

May 13th – 15th, 2020
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
Via Olgettina 58 – Milan, Italy


Keynote Speakers (among others)

Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)

Derk Pereboom (Cornell University)
Federica Agosta (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University)
Philipp Kellmeyer (University of Freiburg)
Thomas Søbirk Petersen and Jesper Ryberg (Roskilde University)
Adrian Raine (University of Pennsylvania)
Mara Rocca (Scientific Institute San Raffaele Hospital)

Conference Topics

The Conference will feature sessions on all the research areas in neuroethics. As neuroethics has always been an interdisciplinary field, the conference aims at promoting a debate among different scholars and different research areas.

We, therefore, invite contributions on the following topics:

  1. Moral cognition
  2. Neurolaw
  3. Neuroeconomy, neuropolitics, and neuromarketing
  4. Free will and consciousness
  5. Issues arising from clinical and non-clinical applications of technological innovations and Artificial Intelligence
  6. Philosophy of cognitive science
  7. Neuroenhancement
  8. Cerebral organoids, and neuroprostheses
  9. Neuroprivacy and cognitive liberty

Contributions can be experimental, theoretical, analytical, or critical works.

Submission Guidelines and Attendance

Participants can only send one contribution as first authors, but they can appear as second authors of other contributions.
Abstracts must be submitted through EasyChair (

Any request of information should be sent to
Abstracts must be ready for double blind review and should not exceed 300 words, plus 10 reference records (that will not be considered in the word count). Authors should indicate in their submission the topic (only one) for which they intend to contribute.
Abstracts can be either in English or in Italian, according to the language chosen for the presentation. However, since the audience is international, we warmly encourage submissions in English.

Best Paper Prize

This year, SINe will grant two prizes: one for the best paper in philosophy and one for the best paper in neuroscience. The authors willing to participate in the competition for best paper should select “SINe Best Paper Prize – Philosophy” or “SINe Best Paper Prize – Neuroscience”. They will also have to upload a longer version of the abstract (up to 1000 words, references excluded) in the “paper” section. The lack of either the selection of the category or of the long abstract will constitute an excluding condition. The Prize will consist in a bursary of 500 euros for each winner and the selection will be made based on the quality of the long abstract.

Deadlines and Reviewing Process

The NEW deadline for abstract submission is February 25th, 2020.
Notification of acceptance will be given by March 15th, 2020.

Abstracts will be subject to blind review. Reviewers will be selected from members of the Italian Society for Neuroethics and from experts in the field.

Accepted papers will have 20 minutes for presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
All authors of selected papers, if attending, will have to subscribe to the Conference.


Faculty members: 80 euros
Others (junior researchers and non-academics): 40 euros
Fee for one-day participation (junior researchers and non-academics): 25 euros

Fee for one-day participation (faculty members): 35 euros

SINe offers up to 5 fee waivers to speakers based in the countries you can find here. The waivers will be granted to the first 5 speakers from these countries to send their abstract to consideration, on the condition that the abstracts are accepted for presentation.

Conference Program

The Conference Program will be available on the website of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (

Scientific and Organizing Committee

Michele Di Francesco, IUSS, Pavia (SINe President)
Michela Balconi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
Katherine Bassil, Maastricht University

Mario De Caro, Roma Tre University – Tufts University
Andrea Lavazza, Centro Universitario Internazionale, Arezzo
Massimo Reichlin, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
Sarah Songhorian, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Organizing Secretary

Sarah Songhorian, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University


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