Video Gallery (noti)
Our website has a new section – the Video Gallery – that includes all the videos of the Foundation's events and lectures. The Video Gallery will contain high quality videos, in a format and resolution that are adapted to suit the user's device. The Foundation will continue to support its YouTube channel, although some videos will only be available via the Video Gallery.
Emotions, ethics and the brain: the three things that make us human
December 22, 2016
22 December, 6:30 pm, lecture by David BuenoRead More
David Bueno, scientific communicator and professor of genetics at the University of Barcelona, will deliver the keynote lecture at the ethics and science awards on 22 December.
It isn't easy to define what makes us human. All of our behaviour is generated and controlled by the brain, and although we may think of emotions as being uniquely human, the reality is that we share them with other vertebrates. The difference lies in ethics, which has its roots in the interaction between reflection and more instinctive emotions.
In his lecture, David Bueno will look at how the brain regulates these areas and how the nature of this regulation is what distinguishes humans from other hominids.
Bueno's research, which focuses on the formation of the nervous system and its relationship to behaviour, has generated 60 specialist scientific articles to date. Recently, he has been focusing on neuroeducation. As part of his longstanding commitment to the dissemination of scientific knowledge to a wider audience, he has published 13 popular science books, a novel for young adults which explores the subject of biology, and more than 400 press articles. He contributes to a number of radio programmes, and is the editor of Catàlisi, the popular science series published by Edicions UB.
December 22, 18:30
Passeig de Sant Joan, 108
Awards and grants ceremony 2016
The Foundation's awards ceremony addressed the refugee situation in Europe, the violation of fundamental rights, and the ethical components of this exodus. The keynote lecture was offered by Marta García Cienfuegos, Head of the Protection Unit of the UNHCR in Spain.
This lecture considered the issue of refugees: who they are, why they have left their homes in order to reach safe countries in Europe and the rest of the world, the challenges faced both by the refugees themselves and by the societies that receive them, and potential solutions to these problems. The talk also discussed the origins and development of the UN Refugee Agency (the UNHCR), who they help, where they operate, and the work they undertake to achieve lasting solutions for refugees across the globe.
c/ Canuda, 6
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'Eutanasia y suicidio asistido' (noti)
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are issues that feature regularly in public debate, particularly when there is media coverage of a high profile case. The debate is generally characterized by conceptual confusion and a lack of rigour. This monograph intends to consider debate of the issues, encompassing a range of criteria and perspectives, and reflecting the diverse nature of our society. It includes international experience of countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the views of institutions and professionals.