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With a focus on increasing ethical research and deliberation on campus, the Institute for Practical Ethics hosts a variety of events from high visibility international speakers and conferences on issues of global concern, to focused working-group meetings and presentations across multiple research groups.


2024 Events

  • Feb. 1, 2024 | 12:30-1:50 p.m.
    Workshop Series: “Measuring bioethics: a meditation in five acts” presented by Raymond De Vries, University of Michigan professor emeritus and Institute for Practical Ethics visiting scholar.
  • Feb. 22, 2024 | 11-12:30 p.m. 
    Talk: "
    Overcoming the Enshittocene: Why Everything is Terrible and What to Do About It" featuring author, activist and journalist Cory Doctorow. Event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics, Halicioğlu Data Science Institute and the Clarke Center for Human Imagination.
  • March 6, 2024 | 5 p.m.
    Annual keynote: "The Ethical and Policy Implications of Artificial Intelligence" featuring David Danks, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego.
  • March 14, 2024 | 12:30-1:50 p.m.
    Workshop Series: Laura Menatti (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg, Austria).
  • March 14, 2024 | 1-3 p.m.
    Talk: "Controversies and Future of Assisted Reproductive Technologies" featuring  Dr. W. Steven Ward and  Dr. John H. Evans, alongside moderator Dr. Ester Kwon. Event is hosted by Jacobs School of Engineering, in collaboration with Kyoto Prize Symposium.
  • April 18, 2024 | 12:30-1:50 p.m.
    Talk with speaker Thomas Burri, Associate Professor of International Law and European Law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
  • April 26-27, 2024
    Conservation conference
  • May 11-12, 2024
    Conference: Conference on Knowledge, Science and Society
  • May 16, 2024 | 12:30-1:50 p.m.
    Talk with speaker Dr. Shermin de Silva, Assistant Professor in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, UC San Diego.


*2024 Summer Opportunity: The COSMOS program is seeking judges to review short student videos presenting an ethical challenge and solution. View details (PDF).


Some events are by invitation only. Please contact to inquire about a specific event.


Cultivating Conversations Event Series

Hosted by the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program, the Cultivating Conversations monthly event series reviews the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSIs) of health research, aiming to increase awareness of how new technologies can introduce new ethical challenges.

The virtual events are open to UC San Diego community members and collaborators.


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