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Science for the Common Good

The Institute for Practical Ethics develops and promotes research on issues facing the public today, with an emphasis on engagement between ethicists, scientists, and policymakers. We aim to close the gap between the rapid pace of innovation and society’s ability to responsibly deal with the tough questions.

  • What would be the impact on society if parents could easily modify their children's genes for specific traits?

  • Is it ethical to introduce reflective particles into the atmosphere to combat global warming?

  • What ethical principles should be programmed into driverless cars?

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Ethics Bowl


Congratulations to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team!

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"The road to enhancement, via human gene editing, is paved with good intentions"

Emma Marris


Keynote Address on April 24 will feature science journalist Emma Marris

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PhD Fellowships at IPE

UC San Diego PhD students are encouraged to apply for a fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline is March 21, 2019.

Call for Proposals

Small Grants for UC San Diego Faculty and Research Scientists

IPE is pleased to announce its second annual call for small grants for faculty and research scientists at UC San Diego. The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019.

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IPE Co-Director Craig Callender Wins 2018 Lakatos Award

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IPE Co-Director John H. Evans appears in Netflix show

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Dr. Beth Shapiro's Mammoth Lecture on UCTV!

IPE Co-Director John Evans Appears in "Ethical Boundaries of Research with Human Embryos"

A grant from IPE supported the "Ethical Boundaries of Research with Human Embryos" panel at the Fleet Science Center. This event addressed the scientific advances in stem cell research, the implications of these discoveries for human health, and how ethical norms can best be integrated into research and practice.

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