Projects / Publications

Research interest

  • Ethical and societal implications of emerging trends in human-computer interaction; esp. robotics, brain-computer interfacing, neural implants and deep-brain stimulation

  • Participatory models of technology design for intelligent assistive technologies for dementia and cognitive decline

  • Neuroenhancement and Transhumanism

  • Neuroethics, esp. ethics of neurosecurity

  • Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

  • Ethics of Psychiatry, esp. ethics of forensic psychiatry

Education

2014 — present
PhD in Biomedical Ethics (Dr. sc. med.); Faculty of Medicine, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel (Switzerland).

2013 — 2014
Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics (MSc); Partner Universities (Joint Degree): Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and Università Degli Studi di Padova (Italy). Grade: “Summa cum Laude”.

2012 — 2013
Visiting Student, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Neural Sciences, Department of Philosophy; New York University (USA).

2011 — 2013

Master of Philosophy (MA), Neurophilosophy track, Humboldt University of Berlin and Berlin School of Mind & Brain (Germany). Grade: 1,3.

2009 — 2010
Erasmus Exchange Program, Department of Philosophy, Department of Psychology; Free University of Berlin (Germany)

2007 — 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Knowledge (MA), University of Rome La Sapienza; Italy. Grade: 110/110 cum laude

Continuing Education

03/2015
Zurich Winter School on Human Enhancement, University of Zurich (Switzerland).

02/2015
Winter School „Law & Neuroscience‟, European Center for Law, Science and Technology, University of Pavia (Italy).

04/2012
Philosophy of Biology in the UK, Oxford University, UK.

02/2012
BCCN Berlin Winter School „Ethics & Neuroscience‟, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Germany.

Professional Experience

2012 Present
Scienza Live (Italian Network for Science Communication and Public Understanding of Science), Founder and Administrator

2012 — 2014
Hot-Tec GmbH, Berlin (Germany), Consultant.

2011 — 2012
Intern at the Embassy of the Italian Republic in Germany, Berlin, Press, Media and IT Department.

Awards and Scholarships

06/2014
Best Master’s Thesis Award from Erasmus Mundus Masters of Bioethics. Thesis’ title: “Hacking the Mind: Dual-Use of Brain-Computer Interfaces and Cybersecurity”;

Honor Medal from Katholishe Universitait Leuven (Belgium)

09/2013 08/2014
Erasmus Mundus Scholar, European Commission Funded (10.000 €)

01/2013
Scholarship for Integrative Research in Philosophy and Neuroscience, Barbara-Wengeler Stiftung, München (Germany)

07/2012
Visiting Scholarship, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Philosophy, New York University (USA)

07/2012
Visiting Scholarship, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Neural Science, New York University (USA)

Presentations

Ienca M., Hacking the Brain: Brain-Computer Interfacing, Social Responsibility and the Ethics of Neurosecurity, Montreal Neuroethics Conference for Young Researchers (4/17/2015), Institute de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal, Montreal (Canada)

Ienca M. & Jotterand F., The Robot and the Elder. Emerging Possibilities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence for Dementia Care, (4/9-10/2015). Lisbon (Portugal)

Ienca M., Neurotechnology: The Other Side of Neuroenhancement, Winter School on Human Enhancement (3/4-7/2015), University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)

Ienca M. & van der Burg S., Dual-Use in Brain-Computer Interfacing Research, International Conference on Neuroethics (5/13-15/2014), University of Padova, Padua (Italy)

Ienca M., Nerve Growth Factor: Neuroscience Research for Healthy and Successful Ageing, Conferenza in Memoria di Rita Levi Montalcini (invited speaker) (4/30/2014), Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza, Bari (Italy).

Ienca M., Human-Computer Interaction and the Extended Mind, Philosophisches Kolloquium (7/2/2012), Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Berlin (Germany) 

Memberships

European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care

Italian Society of Neuroethics

Languages

Italian (native speaker)

German (high proficiency: DSH-3)

English (high proficiency: TOEFL iBT 111/120)

Spanish (understanding; Instituto Cervantes B2 Certificate)

Programming languages: HTML, Java

Contact

Marcello Ienca

Institute for
Biomedical Ethics

Universität Basel
Bernoullistrasse 28
CH-4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 02 03
Fax +41 61 207 17 80