Philanthropy meets neurosciences

Inaugural lecture of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Philanthropy



Philanthropy is characterized by a tension between moral values and material motivations. In this lecture Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio discusses scientific evidence revealing where the brain represents moral values and how it integrates these with material motivations to drive choice. Prof. Ugazio concludes illustrating how these findings can help us build a theoretical framework that allows characterizing different types of motivations for engaging in philanthropy.


Giuseppe Ugazio was awarded his doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Zurich in 2012. His second doctorate, obtained in 2018, focuses on Neuroeconomics. He then joined the Psychology department at Harvard University as a post doctoral fellow. He also took on a lecturer position in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard.

Prof. Ugazio is a behavioral scientist studying the neuro-psychological mechanisms that drive complex human social behaviors. Using interdisciplinary experimental methods he probes the affective, cognitive, and behavioral control mechanisms underlying social decision-making. In particular, his research focuses on understanding how these decision mechanisms compete and interact to drive choices related to sacred moral values, honesty, and norm-compliance.

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5:30 p.m - Welcome by:

Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector, UNIGE

Prof. Henry Peter, Head, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, UNIGE

Ariane de Rothschild, President of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

5 :45 pm - Conference:

Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio, Assistant Professor,  Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in behavioural philanthropy : Philanthropy meets neurosciences

6:30 pm - Q&A

Session moderated by Prof. Rajna Gibson, Professor of Finance at the Geneva Finance Research Institute,Geneva School of Economics and Management, UNIGE

7:00 pmClosing remarks

Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector, UNIGE



Oct 3, 2019