Moderator UvA Challenging Session: Human Enhancement

Date(s) - 22/02/2018
19:30 - 21:15

Oude Lutherse Kerk

Science and technology are now increasingly being used to overcome the limitations or vulnerability of the human body and human existence. This raises all kinds of questions. During this third ‘Challenging Society Session’ on Human Enhancement on 22 February 2018, neuroscientist and neuroethicist Prof. Barbara Sahakian will be challenged by UvA Prof. Amade M’charek to take a critical look on the theme ‘Human Enhancement’.

Dynamic programme

Moderator Tracy Metz will lead both speakers to a challenging discussion on the paradoxes within the theme of Human Enhancement. The audience will subsequently be asked to participate in the discussion, stimulated by propositions, video fragments, and other interludes, prepared by students.

About the speakers

Prof. Barbara Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry and Medical Research Council (MRC)/Welcome Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. 

Prof. Amade M’Charek (Anthropology of Science; ERC Consolidator grant ‘RaceFaceID’ project) focuses on the circulation of knowledge between lab and society, and on the societal implications of studies of genetics and race.

Register now for the ‘Human Enhancement’ session

This evening is being organised as part of the Challenging Society series, in connection with the University of Amsterdam’s 385th anniversary. Come to the Aula on 22 February 2018, from 19:30, for the latest insights into this topical subject. Sign up here.


Aula – Oude Lutherse kerk