Scientific committee

Mario Picozzi

Ruth Horn

Federico Nicoli

Bert Molewijk

Alessandra A. Grossi

Organizing Committee


Elena Ferioli

Silvia Siano

Giulio Corgatelli

Anna Emanuela Costanzo



Davide Battisti is a research fellow at the Center for Clinical Ethics, University of Insubria and an adjunct professor of Bioethics at the University of Milan/Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. He also is co-director of the fall school “Bioethics in “Society, promoted by the Center for Clinical Ethics and the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies. He recently earned with honours his PhD in Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of Insubria (Como – Varese, IT), with a thesis titled “Redefining Procreative Responsibility in the field of the Continuous Development of Assisted Reproductive Technologies”. He spent a research period at The Interfaculty Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Law (KU Leuven, BE) and was a “Recognised PhD student” at the Oxford Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford (UK). Davide Battisti wrote papers and commentaries on international journals such as Bioethics, American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, Social Epistemology, Phenomenology and Mind, etc. His paper “Genetic enhancement and the child’s right to an open future” was awarded as the best-published paper by the Italian Society of Moral Philosophy. His research interests are ethics of genetics, genome editing, reproductive ethics, enhancement; bioethics, science communication.

Marianne Boenink is professor in Ethics of Healthcare at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She studied Health Sciences (Maastricht University) and Philosophy (University of Amsterdam), combining the two since she started working as a postdoctoral researcher in the domain of philosophy and ethics of biomedical technology at the University of Twente. In her current position she teaches a variety of ethics courses in medicine and biomedical sciences programs. Her research focuses on philosophical and ethical challenges related to emerging biomedical technologies, with a particular interest in visions and practices of data-intensive healthcare. Moreover, she acts as an ethical advisor for research ethics committees, the Dutch Commission on Genetic Modification, as well as multiple international research consortia. Marianne has led several multidisciplinary research projects investigating conditions for responsible innovation, publishing about, among other things, innovations in Alzheimer diagnostics and in prognostication of patients in coma after cardiac arrest. She also developed tools to facilitate early deliberation on the desirability of emerging technologies. Ultimately, her aim is to put ethical questions on the agenda early on during technology development, to facilitate ethical deliberation among stakeholders, and thus to contribute to good healthcare innovation.

Ana Borovecki is Professor and the chair of the Department of Social Medicine and Organisation of Healthcare at Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb and a  member of Centre for Palliative Medicine, Medical Ethics and Communication Skills, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb (CEPAMET) . She graduated at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zagreb and graduated in philosophy and comparative literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. She holds the degree of European Masters in Bioethics from the Katholieke Univesitiet Leuven, Belgium and the PhD degree from the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She is clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist and has a master of public health degree.  Her field of work covers areas of medical ethics, bioethics and public health.  

Dr Massimo Cardillo has been officially appointed by the Italian Minister of Health as Director

General of the Italian National Transplant Centre from March 11th 2019 for five years.

Dr Cardillo graduated in Medicine at Milan University, he got a specialty as haematologist and he

has been active in the organ donation and transplant field since 1992, being involved in

management and coordination of Nord Italia Transplant, the first interregional organization that

was set up in Italy.

Dr Cardillo is author of 84 scientific article on national and international journals and responsible of

11 scientific projects.

Nicolas Foureur is a physician, a dermatologist by training, who specializes in sexual health. He has also worked in geriatric care, with a focus on and wounds in the elderly.

He joined the Clinical ethics center (AP-HP – Paris) multidisciplinary group in 2003 and has worked as a clinical ethics consultant since 2006. He now directs the Center, after its founder, Véronique Fournier retired.

His interests in clinical ethics include aging (medicalization, institutionalization, dependency, empowerment), psychiatry (autonomy, access to health care), sexual health (HIV prevention) and gender issues (intersexes, young transgender).

He also works on the methodology of the clinical ethics consultation, and he is the coordinator of   a national network devoted to promoting, and reflecting about, consultation services. He is also a member of the European Clinical Ethics Network, and he is active in promoting international exchanges about the practice of clinical ethics consultation, as well as its underlying assumptions. He is particularly focused on ways clinical ethics consultation will help “patients’ voice” emerge and be respected.

He is in charge of training in clinical ethics in order to promote pluridisciplinary work and to offer health care professionals the opportunity to get acquainted with clinical ethics basics.

Véronique Fournier is the founder of the first Clinical Ethics Center offering ethics consults on the clinical ground in France. She created it in 2002 in Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris and directed it from 2002 to 2020. Her main background is in medicine. She practiced for all her carrier as a cardiologist and a specialist in Public Health. In 2001, she was sent in the US by the French government to investigate the field of clinical ethics and test the opportunity of creating a clinical ethics service support in Paris, as a tool to promote patients’ rights and a better dialogue between patients and doctors. Along the years she practiced clinical ethics, one of her main fields of interest and research has been about end-of-life issues. Probably due to this, the Minister of health asked her, in 2016, to become the first president of the newly created French “National Center for Palliative care and End of life”, what she remained up to June 2020. She is now retired but still very much involved and socially active in the ethical questions surrounding the ageing, another of the important topic she learned to face and think about, during the years she practiced clinical ethics. Véronique Fournier is also one of the foundator of the ECEN (European Clinical Ethics Network) and the co-author of a Manuel of Clinical Ethics, published in 2021 in order to help the many clinical ethics support services that recently emerged in hospitals, in the wake of the Covid pandemics.   


Dr. med. Gerald Neitzke is a clinical ethicist from Hannover/Germany. He works at Hannover Medical School (MHH), at the Institute for Ethics, History and Philosophy of Medicine, which he headed as interim director from 2013 to 2020. He is chairing the Clinical Ethics Committee at the University Hospital of MHH since 2000.


After finishing his studies in medicine and philosophy at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel in 1993, he worked as a physician for two years in the field of internal medicine at St. Georg Hospital in Hamburg. He then moved to Hannover Medical School where he established medical ethics as a novel scientific specialty. He was awarded the Wilhelm-Hirte-Preis for excellence in teaching in 1999. His research topics cover ethics consultation and ethics committees, ethics at the end of life, and didactics of medical ethics. He is a certified trainer for ethics consultation (AEM).


He is a member of the Steering Committee of European Clinical Ethics Network (ECEN) since 2015, and a member of the executive board of the German Academy for Ethics in Medicine (AEM) since 2012. He is also a longstanding member of the ethics section of DIVI (German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care).

In 1989 Laura Palazzani graduated with a Degree in Philosophy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan; in 1991 she was Visiting Researcher in Biomedical Ethics (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.); in 1992/1996 she obtained a Ph.D in bioethics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome.

In 2004 She became Full Professor of Philosophy of law at LUMSA University, Rome. She was appointed member of the Italian Committee of Bioethics (2002-2007); and subsequently vice-chair (2008-2022). She is a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee and  official Italian delegate to the Committee on Bioethics DH-BIO, Council of Europe. She has recently been  reappointed for  a third mandate member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, European Commission. She is ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and member of the Ethics Committee of the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital of Rome.

She has published 18 books, more than 300 articles both in Italian and other languages.

Among the books: Bioethics and biolaw: theories and questions, Giappichelli, Torino 2018

Innovation in scientific research and emerging technologies: governance, Giappichelli-Springer, 2019. Fields of research and publications: beginning and end of life issues, clinical trials, informed consent, emerging technologies, philosophy of law and biolaw, gender theories, family


Massimo Reichlin is Full Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan. He graduated in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan and received his Ph.D. in Bioethics at the University of Genoa. He has taught Bioethics, Contemporary ethics and History of Moral Philosophy both at the San Raffaele Faculty of Philosophy and at several other academic institutions, including the University of Bergamo, the Humanitas University at Milan, the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy and the University of Milan (in a joint MA program with San Raffaele University). He served for twenty years in the Ethics Committee of the Scientific Institute San Raffaele. He was a founding member of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (SINe), of which he has been Vice-President from 2014 to 2021. He has published books and articles concerning bioethical issues such as euthanasia, abortion, the vegetative state and biomedical enhancement, as well as on topics in contemporary ethics and the history of moral philosophy, such as deontological approaches to normative ethics, moral conscience, utilitarianism, and moral intuitionism. 

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