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CARE Panel: The Ethics of DIY Science and Citizen Science

Please join the Center for Ethics and Human Values for a CARE panel on the Ethics of DIY Science and Citizen Science on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 12-1 p.m. on Zoom.

While the effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is happening at unprecedented speed, it is not happening fast enough for some. Motivated by the idea that "exceptional times demand exceptional actions," there is a growing movement amongst professional and "citizen" scientists to participate in D.I.Y. vaccine trials. Are these sorts of experiments a way to democratize science or are they just imposing unnecessary harm to participants and the general population? Do these trials even constitute human subjects research? And if so, can they be ethically justified?

Featuring panelists:

  • Anna Wexler, PhD (Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Lisa Rasmussen, PhD (Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
  • Patricia Zettler, JD (Associate Professor, Moritz College of Law)

Learn more and register.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please indicate this on the registration form or contact CARE GAA Lily Perkins ( Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.