The UC Berkeley Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public launched its first cohort of fellows this spring. Five graduate students along with three out of six total postdoctoral fellows began their fellowships this January 2023. Three postdoctoral fellows will join the group later this year.
Fellows' expertise spans from plants to humans to algorithms; and from science to anthropology, and law to philosophy. The Kavli Center believes that a core component of training the next generation of leaders to be better equipped to confront ethical challenges in emerging scientific fields requires bringing researchers together from the sciences and humanities with expertise in different scientific advances to learn the language of each other’s disciplines, draw parallels between innovations in science, and connect with society.
The fellows have been meeting weekly to identify cross-cutting themes, define workgroups, and get oriented to each other's and the faculty's disciplines while working on their own projects and identifying where group projects may emerge.