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David Černý

David Černý

David Černý studied philosophy at universities in Bologna and Rome, and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Charles University in Prague. He is now a Research Fellow at the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Adam Doležal

Adam Doležal

Adam Doležal is an expert in the field of medical law. As a member of the Research Unit of Medical Law and Bioethics at The Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, he organized several workshops on the current issues in medical law and bioethics themes.

Jaroslav Flegr

Jaroslav Flegr

Jaroslav Flegr is a Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, where is also Head of the Institutional Review Board. In addition to topics in evolutionary biology, he also conducts research in evolutionary psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health near Prague.

Vladimír Havlík

Vladimír Havlík

Vladimír Havlík is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He works on topics in philosophy of science, especially physics, biology and complexity theory. He is the Secretary of the Czech Committee for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science and member of the IT Committee at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Hříbek

Tomáš Hříbek

Tomáš Hříbek is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. His interests range from topics in philosophy of mind to philosophy of biology, ethics and aesthetics (he teaches the latter subject at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague).

Robin Kopecký

Robin Kopecký

Robin Kopecký is a PhD candidate in evolutionary biology at the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the School of Liberal Arts of Charles University. He works on topics in applied ethics and experimental philosophy, including the ethics of autonomous vehicles and moral intuitions in adults and children.

Michaela Košová

Michaela Košová

Michaela Košová is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague. Prior to that she earned her MA in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, where she focused mainly on philosophy of consciousness. She is currently working on topics in philosophy of mind and experimental philosophy.

Tomáš Sobek

Tomáš Sobek

Tomáš Sobek is a Research Fellow at the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He earned his PhD in constitutional law from the Masaryk University in Brno, where he is also affiliated as an associate professor. His research interests lie broadly in the field of analytical philosophy of law and metaethics. So far he has published four books and many scholarly papers.

Jiří Wiedermann

Jiří Wiedermann

Jiří Wiedermann is a renowned computer scientist based at the Institute of Computer Science, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Between 2000 and 2012 he served as the director of the Institute, since 2017 he has been the deputy director.

External Members

J. Mark Bishop

J. Mark Bishop

J. Mark Bishop (PhD) is Director of The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics, Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London and a consultant on AI, Analytics and Data Ethics who has been invited to contribute to policy at UN (Geneva/Turin/Birmingham), the EC (Brussels) and the UK (Westminster/Whitehall).

Luisa Damiano

Luisa Damiano

Luisa Damiano is an Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Messina (Italy), where she co-established the Epistemology of the Sciences of the Artificial Research Group (ESARG).

Tomáš Doležal

Tomáš Doležal

Tomáš Doležal is a legal scholar in medical law and civil law.  He is Head of the Department of Civil Law and Head of the Research Unit for Medical Law and Bioethics at the Institute of State and Law, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Deke Gould

Deke Gould

For the past five years, he has taught interdisciplinary courses on ethics and information technology at Augustana College, and for the Jinling Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China. Recently, he has given talks (to both academic and popular audiences) about philosophical ethics, privacy, and information technology, and has given invited guest lectures on ethical issues in data sciences at Augustana College. 

Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins is an assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy at the California Polytechnic (San Luis Obispo). His research interests include applied ethics (especially military ethics and emerging technologies), normative ethics (especially consequentialism), as well as environmental ethics and philosophy of technology.

Jan van Leeuwen

Jan van Leeuwen

Jan van Leeuwen is a distinguished Professor of Computer Science and former head of the Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). He is the editor, with Barry Cooper, of "Alan Turing: His Work and Impact", a special edition of A. M. Turing's collected works (Elsevier, 2013).


Patrick Lin

Patrick Lin

Patrick Lin is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, based at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is also a philosophy professor.

Daniel Novotný

Daniel Novotný

Daniel D. Novotny received his PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo and is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Bohemia. He works primarily in the history of philosophy, metaphysics, and applied philosophy.


Ugo Pagallo

Ugo Pagallo

Ugo Pagallo is a former lawyer and current professor of Jurisprudence at the Department of Law, University of Turin (Italy), member of the Expert Group set up by the EU Commission on liability and new technology/new technologies formation, he is also working with the European Institute for Science, Media, and Democracy (Atomium), in order to set up AI4People, the first global forum in Europe on the Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence.

Saul Smilansky

Saul Smilansky

Saul Smilansky received his D.Phil. from Oxford University and is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, Israel. He works primarily on normative and applied ethics and on the metaphysics of free will and its ethical implications.