Input into Government/Policy

Highlights

Julian Savulescu co-authored a second paper submitted by the Oxford Geoengineering Institute in response to oral evidence presented to the Science & Technology Select Committee in which there was much discussion of the set of principles laid out in the first paper, on the collaborative development of international regulation for the conduct of geoengineering research.  Of particular focus is the role of the private sector in such research and deployment.

Anders Sandberg participated in the Drugs Landscape 2030 Scenario Planning Workshop, organized for the Home Office, Wokefield Park, Reading

Alastair Buchan attended the 2nd March Clinical Advisory Commision Group Meeting for the Shadow Health Team for the Conservative Party, Parliament Street, London

Barbara Sahakian is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health Initiative, led by the US National Institute for Mental Health, the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, the Wellcome Trust, the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

Barbara Sahakian and Irene Tracey are both members of the steering committee of the Royal Society Brain Waves Project, investigating advances in Neuroscience and their implications for society. It contains the following modules: Module 1: Neuroscience, insights for policy; Module 2: Neuroscience, education and lifelong learning; Module 3: Neuroscience, conflict and arms control; Module 4: Neuroscience, responsibility and the law; Module 5: Lessons for the governance of novel areas of science and new technologies. Barbara Sahakian is also a member of the Working Group for Module 2 , and Modules 1 & 2 launched in January or February 2011.

Guy Kahane participated in the Nuffield Council on Bioethics' Annual Forward Look Seminar, in a session on 'Neuroimaging'

Tom Douglas contributed material to a presentation by Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell to Obama’s Bioethics Commission on the ethics of synthetic biology

Alastair Buchan attended the Ceremony for the Publication of The White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’ for the Conservative Government, Department of Health, Richmond House, London

Julian Savulescu was elected member of the Neuroethics Society Board of Directors

Julian Savulescu participated in a debate ‘From Stem Cells to Neuroethics,’ presentation as part of Brain Awareness Week at the European Parliament

Julian Savulescu also participated in a Panel Discussion: ‘Perspectives on Synthetic Biology: Ethics, Public Engagement, Biosecurity and more,’ with Matthew Harvey, Senior Policy Advisor, Royal Society, UK; Piers Millet, Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit, United Nations Office Geneva, Switzerland; Drew Endy, Stanford University, USA at IET BioSysBio Conference, Cambridge

Julian Savulescu spoke on ‘Enhancement as a Human Right’, 13th Forum of National Ethics Councils : Neuroethics, Prague, Czech Republic-, European Commission- part of Czech EU presidency

Release of parliamentary briefing on the dual-use dilemma, by Dr Tom Douglas (Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford), available here: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn340.pdf . These parliamentary briefings (or POSTnotes, as they are called) are designed to give impartial imformation to MPs and Peers. The POST website is here: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_offices/post.cfm . It is accompanied by a podcast which includes some clips from an interview, as well as from two other academics and Phil Willis MP.

Barbara Sahakian (University of Cambridge, Oxford Centre for Neuroethics) was made a co-opted member of the new Working Group of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to look at ‘Cognition Enhancers’

 

Other

  • Douglas, T., (2013). Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Talk: The Regulation of Medical Devices and the Ethics of Enhancement.
  • Douglas, T., (2013). M. Offered expert opinion on Boston Medical Centre policy on the treatment of sex offenders.
  • Savulescu, J., (2013). Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability (UK House of Parliament). Submitted written evidence on invitation from Fiona Bruce MP. Submission 2013, report due May 2013.
  • Bostrom, N., (2012). Cambridge Project on Existential Risks. Advice on establising the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risks.
  • Bostrom, N., (2012). Consultation for Mark Lee, Oliver Careful and Matt Wage, who are working for the international society, Giving What We Can, on existential risk reduction.
  • Douglas, T., (2012). Institute on Science for Global Policy. Interviewed for their report on Policy on Synthetic Biology.
  • Sandberg, A., (2012). Center for Genetics and Society on transhumanism. Interviewed by Adam Smith for commissioned report.
  • Sandberg, A., (2012). Government Office for Science. Participated in workshop on the future of identity.
  • Sandberg, A., (2012). Invited participant Joint Academies Project on Human Enhancement and the Future of Work (Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society).
  • Savulescu, J. and Chalmers, I., (2012). NHS South of England. Research Regulation Wishlist.  Presented to Candy Morris, SRO for Health Research Authority, Research Champion for NHS and Senior Consultant Strategic Projects - NHS South of England.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010-2011). Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London. Consultant in AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) and neuroscience for a new AGI research company - ongoing.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010-ongoing). Expert member for World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks.
  • Bostrom, N., (2011). Consultation/presentation with Talkback Thames Television and the Oxford Martin School.
  • Bostrom, N., (2011). Consultation/presentation. “Breakthroughs in Technology – Impacts for Humanity” for Symposium Future 2020 with Vodafone and the Oxford Martin School
  • Bostrom, N., (2011). Consultant to the UK Government Office for Science (GOSE) and Foresight for “The Future of Human Identity” report  (with Anders Sandberg).
  • Bostrom, N., (2011). Consultant to Edinethics Ltd about human enhancement issues for the European Commission Project “ETHENTECH”.
  • Bostrom, N., (2011). Consultant to the MacArthur Foundation (the international peace and security program) regarding nuclear security and existential risk.
  • Bostrom, N., (2011). Proposal Reviewer for the National Science Foundation for the Science, Technology, and Society Program.
  • Bostrom, N., (2011). Advising DST about talking points for its CEO’s (Yuri Milner) roundtable discussion with the leaders of the G8 countries for the 37th Annual G8 Leaders Summit
  • Foddy, B., (2011). House of Lords Behaviour Change Inquiry Ethics Seminar, Palace of Westminster.
  • Powell, R., Buchanan, A., Douglas, T. and Savulescu, J., (2011). Response to Nuffield Council on Bioethics Consultation on Emerging Biotechnologies: The Ethical Implications of Synthetic Biology.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010). World Economic Forum’s GAC on Catastrophic Risks and to Global Redesign Initiative. Consultant - ongoing.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010). Science for Humanity “Global Risk Register” project. Consultant - ongoing.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010). BAE Systems (Global Combat Systems and  Land & Armaments divisions). Consultation on systemic risk - ongoing.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010). Consultation to Amlin (Aggregate Modelling division) on systemic risk.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010). Consultation for US State Department’s Global Futures Forum.
  • Bostrom, N., (2010). Consultation to Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre, Government Office for Science (GOSE) about technological advancements and the consequent likely risks to public policy.
  • Douglas, T., (2010). Contributed material to a presentation by A Buchanan and R Powell to Obama’s Bioethics Commission on the ethics of synthetic biology (8-9 July).
  • Foddy, B., (2010). House of Lords Behaviour Change Inquiry Ethics Seminar, Palace of Westminster.
  • Sandberg, A., (2010). Foresight UK. Anders Sandberg represented the School at a workshop organised by the Cabinet Office and Foresight UK to discuss the challenges facing the UK over the next ten years.  He has also been invited by the Home Office to participate in a scenario planning workshop on the future of the 'drug landscape'. Foresight UK is a government agency which brings together key people, senior ministers, scientists, etc,  and uses robust science to guide policymakers and inform government policy and strategy.
  • Savulescu, J., (2010). Science & Technology Select Committee: Geoengineering. Co-authored a second paper submitted by the Oxford Geoengineering Institute in response to oral evidence presented to the Science & Technology Select Committee in which there was much discussion of the set of principles laid out in the first paper.  Of particular focus is the role of the private sector in such research and deployment.
  • Rayner, S., Redgwell C., Savulescu, J., Pidgeon, N. and Kruger, T. (2009) Memorandum on draft principles for the conduct of geoengineering research. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee enquiry into The Regulation of Geoengineering.  Presents ‘The Oxford Principles’:  principles for the collaborative development of international regulation for the conduct of geoengineering research.  Point- by- point response in Science and Technology Committee Report ‘The Regulation of Geoengineering: Fifth Report of Session 2009-2010. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/221/221.pdf. In January 2010, co-authored a second paper submitted by the Oxford Geoengineering Institute in response to oral evidence presented to the Science & Technology Select Committee in which there was much discussion of the set of principles laid out in the first paper. Of particular focus is the role of the private sector in such research and deployment.
  • Bostrom, N., (2009). Booz Allen. Consultation on global risk and on risk assessment methods.
  • Bostrom, N., (2009). Public Services Division, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore.
  • Douglas, T., (2009). UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The Dual-Use Dilemma, POSTnote 340 [Primary researcher  and author].
  • Douglas, T., (2009). UK Parliament. Conducted interviews for and appeared in the UK Parliamentary podcast ‘The Flip Side of Scientific Freedom’
  • Douglas, T., (2009). Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Wellcome Trust Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology  Fellow. Project: ‘The Dual-Use Dilemma’.
  • Savulescu, J., (2009). European Parliament. Brain Awareness Week Debate Presentation: From Stem Cells to Neuroethics.
  • Savulescu, J., (2009). European Commission (Prague, Czech Republic), 13th Forum on National Ethics Councils. Enhancement as a Human Right.
  • Savulescu, J., (2009). Australian Human Rights Commission. Submission to Australian Human Rights Commission on  "Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century".
  • Savulescu, J., (2009 ONGOING). The Oxford Geoengineering Institute. Member of the advisory board. Other members include Professor Tim Flannery – Macquarie University, Sydney and Australian of the Year 2007 Professor Gideon Henderson – Earth Sciences, University of Oxford Dr Cameron Hepburn – Economics, University of Oxford Professor Sir David King – former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford Professor Richard Lampitt – Oceanography, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton Sir Mark Moody-Stuart – former Chairman of Shell and former Chairman of Anglo-American Professor Catherine Redgwell – International Law, UCL Professor Julian Savulescu – Practical Ethics, University of Oxford Professor Ian Thompson – Engineering, University of Oxford Dr Carol Turley - Marine Biogeochemistry, Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
  • Bostrom, N., (2009-ongoing). World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Expert Council on Catastrophic Risks. Survey on Global Risks Perceptions.
  • Bostrom, N., (2008). By invitation, offering advice and suggestion on the stakeholder consultation process "Regulating Nanotechnologies in the EU and the US:  Towards Effectiveness and Convergence".
  • Bostrom, N., (2008). Princess of Thailand's Miracle of Life Foundation. On panel advising on how the foundation can achieve its aim of identifying talented children from disadvantaged background and giving opportunities to achieve their potential.
  • Bostrom, N., (2008). Horizon Scanning. Supported by and aimed at informing the UK Minister of Education, about opportunities and challenges in education and biology-supported learning.
  • Bostrom, N., (2008). Macdonald High School. Advice on curriculum development.
  • Bostrom, N., (2008). UK Government. Co-organized policy forum on catastrophic risk assessment and preparedness with representatives from HM government.
  • Savulescu, J., (2008). New Economics Foundation. Acted as Advisor on Wellcome Trust Project at New Economics Foundation (Mapping Biomedical Knowledge; Argument Mapping Project)
  • Bostrom, N., (2008-09). Cushing Academy. Advising on development of a curriculum for the 21st Century, with a focus on developing modules for teaching meta-cognitive skills.