Brian D. Earp

Associate Director, Yale-Hastings Program, Yale University, The Hastings Center / Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy; Yale University and The Hastings Center

Brian is Associate Director, Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy, Yale University and The Hastings Center; Research Fellow, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. He holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge universities. His work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics. His work has been covered in Nature, Popular Science, Newsweek, The Atlantic, New Scientist, and other major outlets. Brian is co-recipient of the 2018 Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is also recipient of the Robert G. Crowder Prize in Psychology and the Ledyard Cogswell Award for Citizenship from Yale University. Previously, he was a Henry Fellow at New College, Oxford, and a Cambridge Trust Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received the Rausing Award in History and Philosophy of Science. With Julian Savulescu, Brian is co-author of the forthcoming book, Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships (Stanford University Press).



Ignite Talks: Are we programmed by nature for love?

10.30–10.45 Brian D. Earp | The Pharmacology of Love: If love is partly physical, chemical, hormonal, can scientists harness love, synthesize it and use it for the greater good? Or will this create unseen risks, [...]

10.45–11.00 Dr. Emily Ngubia Kessé | Love, The Body and Neurosexism: Does the science of love unveil discoveries determined by nature, or does it instead map out socially established norms? In other words, does the science of love reproduce or challenge gender stereotypes? What is neurosexism and [...]




Panel with Dr. Liat Yakir, Brian Earp and Dr. Emily Ngubia Kessé

Dr. Liat Yakir, Molecular Geneticist & Science Communicator / Alumni of the Weizmann Institue of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

Brian Earp, Associate Director, Yale-Hastings Program / Yale University and The Hastings Center.

Dr. Emily Ngubia Kessé, Author,  Neuroscientist  & Founder / SMART Data Analytics.

Moderated by Ivvet Modinou [...]


Audiovisual Cases: Love at the Limit

11.45–12.15 Sleepless in New York

12.15–12.45 Pleasure and Pain

Two documentaries exploring the full spectrum of emotions that love unleashes – from ecstatic pleasure to inconsolable heartbreak – will be analysed through the lens of science communication and storytelling. [...]