Science, Ethics and Exploitation: the Things We Do in the Name of Science

In the film Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcom summed up the status-quo relationship between science and ethics when he said, “[S]cientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

This panel, bringing in perspectives from bioethics, Big Data, and public policy, is a conversation about moral considerations in research where exploitation of people, organisms, and habitats is possible.

Our goal with this symposium is to uphold current discussions about research and ethics. We hope to encourage greater discussions within universities and research groups about ethical considerations in research.


Prof. Jonathan Wolff (Chair): Philosopher, academic, Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy, University of Oxford

Dr. Sarah Chan (Panelist): Chancellor Fellow at Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Doris Schroeder (Panelist): Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics and Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Central Lancashire

Prof. Nina Hallowell (Panelist): Ethox Centre, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, and Big Data Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo (Panelist): Oxford Internet Institute and Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab


Following the seminar, we would like to invite you to a free drinks reception with the speakers.

The event will be part of the Oxford Environmental Research Partnership’s annual seminar series, focusing on the ‘Grand Challenges’ facing society today.