International events

In this section you will find details of upcoming international conferences, seminars and lectures relating to medical ethics and law.

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The 5th ELSI Congress – 30 Years of the Genome: Integrating and Applying ELSI Research

June 15-17, 2020, Columbia University in New York, NY USA.

The conference is organized and supported by the Columbia University Divison of Ethics, Stanford University, and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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Faculty of Bioethics of Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum - Summer in Bioethics


Current challenges in Bioethics

June 30 - July 4 2020 

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Bioethics and Consciousness: an interdisciplinary and interreligious reflection on an essential dimension of the human person

July 6-10 2020 

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Price reductions are available for groups

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Summer Course on Ethics in Dementia Care

The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the KU Leuven is organizing the 6th edition of the Summer Course on Ethics in Dementia Care (Leuven, Belgium, 7-10 July 2020).The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational, clinical-ethical and organizational-ethical approaches to dementia care practices.

During the Summer Course, national and international experts will give presentations on various ethical topics in the domain of dementia care. There will be time for intensive discussions. The language of instruction will be English.

The Summer Course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, gerontology, health care administration, philosophy and theology, and to PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas. Detailed information on program, funding opportunities, registration and payment can be found at our website under Summer Course.

Diversity & Bioethics: 34th European Conference on Philosophy & Healthcare

26th-29th August 2020, Warsaw 

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Call for Abstracts! EACME 2020 Conference

10th -12th September 2020, Romania

Smart Ethics - Trends for the future

The 2020 Annual Conference of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) will be held at luliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The EACME conference will offer an opportunity to explore old and new ethical issues related to healthcare in the context of rapid advances in data and digital technologies, and other health technologies. These developments raise important questions about their transformative effects on individuals’ lives, doctor-patient relationships, but also existing ethical and governance frameworks.

Against this background, it is important to encourage open dialogue and critical thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of technological advances and the challenges they pose for good ethical practice. The conference will offer a platform for exchange and stimulate reflection about innovative and ‘smart’ ways of addressing these issues in theory, policy and law, and practice. Is the medical ethics community ready for the future challenges?

The aim of the conferences is to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to ethical questions raised by scientific and technological developments in healthcare by bringing together scholars from bioethics and other related fields across Europe.

Interactive panels will discuss different bioethical issues in new and developing areas of healthcare.

We are looking forward to hosting the 2020 Annual conference of EACME in Cluj-Napoca – the heart of Transylvania! 


Topics include the following 4 themes:

  1. 1.Philosophy and Law Rebooted
  • Epistemologies
  • Theories
  • Histories
  • Legislations
  1. 2.New Technologies, Vulnerabilities and Disabilities
  • Medicalisation and Digitalisation
  • Responsibility and Dependency
  • Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence
  • Ageing and Community Care
  1. 3.Innovations in Teaching and Supporting Ethical Practice


    Transforming Ethics Education
  2. Teaching Future Teachers
  3. Building Ethics Competency
  4. New Methods Clinical Ethics Support
      1. 4.Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance 
        • Revising Principals and Values
        • Misconduct
        • Global Challenges
        • Cases, Rules and Regulations




      Abstract Proposals: March 1, 2020.
      Notification of Acceptance: June 1, 2020.
      Submissions on other topics are allowed.
      Papers will be selected from the abstracts by the Conference Programme Committee.
      Accepted abstracts will be published in a Special Edition of Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai. Bioethica in September 2020.

      EACME invites applications of junior scholars for the EACME prize (see conference website.).


      Congress president: Maria Aluas PhD, luliu Hatieganu University of Cluj-Napoca.


      In addition, we expect to have two satellite meetings on the 9th September 2020:


      1. The Open Forum Day of the European Clinical Ethics Network (See ECEN website). Please contact Bert Molewijk:

      2. European Network of the Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Please contact Yesim Isil



      ENRIO 2020 Congress on Research Integrity Practice

      5th-7th October 2020

      Venue: Helsinki and Espoo, Finland


      The ENRIO 2020 Congress on Research Integrity Practice addresses current challenges that open science and data protection laws pose for research integrity in Europe. Other key topics of the congress include research misconduct and its various aspects, whistle-blower protection especially with regard to the new EU directive, plagiarism, research integrity training, the connections between research integrity and scientific publishing, and other important issues in research integrity and research ethics.

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      Futures ahead: Translations and collaborations between medicine, the social sciences, and the humanities


      11th-13th November 2020

      Linköping University, Sweden

      Deadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2020. Submit your abstract to:

      Organizedby: the LiU Medical Humanities and Social Sciences network, which is part of the Swedish Network for Medical Humanities and Social Sciences.

      Facing the rapid speed of new innovations and biotechnologies, medicine and health care are currently being transformed in numerous ways. The goal of personalized medicine, tailored to fit the individual patient's need, and the strive towards equality in health meet restructuring welfare states, health consumerism, and patients suffering from complex diseases. Medicine and health care also face increasing possibilities to screen and identify unrecognized disease in healthy, asymptomatic populations. Globally, the World Health Organization has identified multiple health challenges including outbreaks of communicable diseases as well as humanitarian crises caused by environmental pollution and climate change. The call for collaborations between medicine, the social sciences, and the humanities has perhaps never been stronger.

      The research field of medical humanities, understood broadly, encompasses the humanities and the interpretative social science in and of medicine, as well as inquiries at the very intersection of medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. It sets out from the presumptions that sociocultural, ethical, and political aspects play into the development and use of specific medical technologies and medical knowledge production, and that such technologies and knowledge production also evoke sociocultural, ethical and political questions. This research field also examines experiences of illness, suffering, and bodily and functional variations, and acknowledges that these experiences can evoke existential questions, which are central to the humanities and the social sciences. Further, the medical humanities offer tools to engage with questions of meanings, subjectivity, agency, ethics, and power.

      We welcome papers that seek to engage in the conversation on critical intersections of the humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Topics include, but are not limited to:

      Subjectivity, intersubjectivity and lived experiences of embodiment, illness, pain, pregnancy, birth, and dying; Affectivity and agency; Norms, values and sociocultural assumptions about bodies, body-parts, sex, race/ethnicity, gender, and specific diseases; Ethical analysis of/within medicine; Equality in health care; Structural discrimination within health care services; The co-production of society, medicine, science, and policy-making; Cultural diversity and concepts of health, disease, and illness; Knowledge production in medicine and the medical humanities; Local and global health challenges; Translations between medical research and clinical practice; Challenges and potentials in collaborations across research disciplines and professions.

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      Master of Bioethics in Leuven

      Since 2000, the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the University of Leuven (Belgium) has offered a Master of Bioethics programme in collaboration with the University of Padova (Italy) and the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). More than 270 students from 70 different countries have since then followed the programme.

      From the academic year 2016-2017 the University of Leuven is coordinating a newly designed curriculum hosting students during a whole academic year in Leuven.

      For the academic year 2016-2017, various fellowships will be granted to students who want to participate in their Master of Bioethics programme.

      More information on the program is available from

      Please see their Facebook page for notifications about training, study, and conference opportunities, as well as vacancies in the field of Bioethics