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Programmes Science & Ethics

Institute for Science and Ethics

The Institute for Science and Ethics (formerly known as the 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 and is directed by Professor Julian Savulescu, and is now an assoicate research centre of the Oxford Martin School.

The Institute's approach is to apply analytic philosophy and argument  from a non-partisan, open position, and to work directly with scientists to understand, analyse and interpret complex issues arising from scientific advance. The project has a multidisciplinary team, which includes expertise in medicine, philosophy, practical ethics, sociology and psychology.

The Institute's Director, Professor Julian Savulescu, remains connected with the Oxford Martin School through his roles with the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and the Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines