Ethics in Science

Free Public Lecture

Ethics in Science

Ian Potter Auditorium
Kenneth Myer Building
Royal Parade


With the rapid advancement of science, ethical dilemmas arise frequently. These range from the use of embryonic stem cells or animals in research, deciding how much power to give robots and artificial intelligence, how far to go with clinical trials in humans or using modern technology to decide whether one should turn off the life support of someone in coma.

Though science is not infallible, it is essential that scientific research is pursued with integrity and transparency and to the highest possible standards. Scientists owe this dedication and honesty to their pursuit of truth and to the tax-payer who both funds and is the beneficiary of the research.

At this forum, five internationally renowned scientists working in different fields will address some of these ethical issues and answer questions from the floor.

The Q&A will be moderated by moderated by Bernie Hobbs from the ABC, by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International'


  • Professor David Vaux
    Professor David Vaux, Deputy Director and Division Head
  • Professor Jakob Howhy
    Professor Jakob Howhy, Cognition & Philosophy Lab, Department of Philosophy
  • Professor Lyn Beazley
    Professor Lyn Beazley, Honorary Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Fellow
  • Professor Michael Goldberg
    Professor Michael Goldberg, David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Ophthalmology
  • Sir Colin Blakemore
    Sir Colin Blakemore, School of Advanced Study, University of London