On the 15th and 16th of April, Dr Catherine Darnell attended the first steering group committee meeting of 'The Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Morality' at The University of Miami in Florida. Founded by Professors Blaine Fowers and Kenneth Goodman, the initiative aims to 'promote the open-minded and open-hearted scholarly exploration of moral questions that are at the centre of human societies and systematic inquiry'. A key focus of this initiative is to promote the theoretical, empirical and practical exploration of moral questions and ensure this is underpinned by multiple disciplines and perspectives. The hope of the initiative is that it can become a hub for dialogue and mutual learning about morality.
The steering group meeting was followed by a moral symposium on the topic 'Is there a Role for Morality in Science?' The symposium was introduced by the president of the University of Miami, Julio Frenk and attended by students and staff across the University. Dr Catherine Darnell presented a talk on the 'Psychological Contributions to a Science of Morality' followed by talks from Professors David Walker and Kenneth Goodman, who explored the philosophical and sociological contributions. Professors Barry Schwartz, Blaine Fowers and Joseph Michalski then addressed the question 'What is Moral about Science?'