ETH.SCI

Ethics of CoViD-19 Science

 

19 March | 26 march | 2 APRIL

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Session 1: 19th March

Session 2: 26th March

Session 3: 2nd April

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6PM IST (Indian Standard Time) 
12.30PM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
8.30AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
5.30AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

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ABOUT

Current philosophical analysis of the pandemic has largely focused on issues relevant to the Global North. However, given the often unique circumstances countries like India face when dealing with the pandemic, we believe it is important to have these discussions with the Indian context in mind.

Eth.Sci 2021 is a virtual symposium that aims to examine the philosophical and ethical issues concerning science and policy surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The symposium covers three broad themes as they feature in the current pandemic situation: scientific practice of representation and modelling, development of public policies based on scientific findings and the communication of scientific information to the public.

This symposium aims to bring together academic philosophers with experts and practitioners from other relevant fields, from both India and the rest of the world, to provide a space for philosophy, science, public policy and science communication to interact fruitfully and inform one another.

This symposium is organised by the PhilSci India Group, an association dedicated to the promotion of philosophy of science in India, in collaboration with the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center at the University of Tübingen and the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the University of Geneva as well as the international NGO ADVISE: Forum for Advancing Science and Education through Philosophy.

 
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 I: Representation

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Modelling of the Covid

Outbreak

19th March 2021

This session will focus on the scientific representation of CoViD outbreak on two fronts: epidemiological modelling, and challenges with modelling the outbreak specific to India. 

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Bert Baumgaertner

University of Idaho

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Gautam Menon

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Jonathan Fuller

University of Pittsburgh

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Suneeta Krishnan

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Session 1: Representation and Modelling of Covid Outbreak
 
 
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II: Science and Public Policy:

Pandemic Measures and Trade-Offs

26th March 2021

This session will focus on the social consequences of policies and measures intended to mitigate the spread of the virus in India, including the ethical consequences of public policy decisions for certain socially marginalised groups. Special attention is given to the ways in which recommendations by organisations like WHO often neglect the institutional, infrastructural and social context that informs the applicability and efficacy of the Covid control measures in Global South/Periphery countries like India. 

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Anant Bhan

Yenepoya University 

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Gagandeep Kang

Christian Medical College

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Mohammed Asheel

Executive Director, Kerala Social Security Mission

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Sundar

T. Sundararaman

Global Coordinator, Peoples Health Movement
Former Prof & Dean, School of Health Systems Studies, TISS

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Session 2:

Science and Public Policy:

Pandemic Measures and Trade-Offs

 

III: Science Communication: Expertise and Public Trust

2nd April 2021
19th March 2021

Public trust in scientific expertise has been crucial to the success of  pandemic control measures and would also determine attitudes toward CoViD vaccines. This session will focus on communication of scientific information to the public, especially the role of expertise and public trust as it features in the current pandemic situation. 

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Heidi Larson

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Maya Goldenberg

University of Guelph

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Rayies Altaf

Science Writer 

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Tarun Menon

National Institute of Advanced Studies

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Session 3: 
Science Communication:
Expertiese and Public Trust 

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Program Schedule

Organisers

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Abhishek Kashyap

Assistant Professor

School of Arts and Sciences ​

Azim Premji University

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Mail: abhishek.kashyap@apu.edu.in

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Don Wallace Freeman Dcruz

Assistant Professor

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Institutional Profile

Mail: don.dcruz@iiit.ac.in

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Jamie Shaw

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Institutional Profile

Personal Website

Mail: jshaw222@uwo.ca

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Shinod N.K.

Assistant Professor

University of Hyderabad

Institutional Profile

Mail: snksh@uohyd.ac.in

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Vlasta Sikimic

Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre

University of Tubingen

Personal Website

PhilPeople

Academia,edu

Mail: vlasta.sikimic@uni-tuebingen.de

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Mike Stuart

Research Fellow,

Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre

University of Tubingen

Institutional Profile

Personal Website

PhilPeople

Mail: mike.stuart.post@gmail.com

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Sahana V Rajan

Lecturer of Philosophy

Jindal Global Business School

O.P. Jindal Global University

Personal Website

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Academia,edu

Mail: svrajan@jgu.edu.in

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Tarun Menon

Assistant Professor

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Mail: tarunium@gmail.com

 
 

ETH.SCI Symposium March-April 2021