In October 2023, assoc. prof. Emilian Mihailov, PhD, teaching staff at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest, was elected a member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE), for the recognition of outstanding scientific results.
The Young Academy of Europe is a dynamic and innovative initiative to recognize at a European level young researchers who have exceptional achievements and academic leadership qualities. YAE gives a voice to younger generations to make a vital contribution to shaping public policy at European Union level for the benefit of future European scholars.
On 7-8 December 2012, YAE was officially established as an independent association of top young researchers in Europe, at a constituent meeting held in Brussels (Belgium), with logistical and financial support from COST Horizon Europe.
In December 2012, YAE established a partnership with Academia Europaea (AE), the most important forum for the recognition of scientific excellence at European level.
Among YAE’s key objectives are: advice and feedback on science policy across Europe from a ‘younger’ perspective; the involvement of top young researchers in the future European research strategy, such as FSEL’s long-term plans and roadmaps; promoting evidence-based policies in all European countries; supporting young scientists in Europe in their further development and strategic thinking of their own discipline; creating and promoting a network of top young researchers from all disciplines in Europe.
Assoc. prof. Emilian Mihailov has published numerous articles in prestigious international journals on the ethical implications of neuroscience, the ethics of artificial intelligence and bio enhancement technologies, the psychology of moral judgments and outrage in the online environment, the development of empathy through virtual reality technology.
In 2020, together with an international team of scientists, he is laying the foundations of a new field aof research – experimental bioethics – which uses experimental methods from psychology and cognitive sciences to contribute to the resolution of applied ethics issues.
Currently, he is the director of the Applied Ethics Research Center and develops projects with the Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics of the University of Oxford and the Institute of Biomedical Ethics of the University of Basel. He teaches courses in philosophy and moral psychology, neuro ethics and the ethics of emerging technologies.