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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Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

Autumn 2018 - University of Washington School of Medicine

Dept of Bioethics & Humanities

Seattle, USA

Apply now, spaces are limited. Rolling admissions ensures you will hear back quickly.

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Call for Papers: CFP Medical Humanities in the Middle East


November 17, 2018 to November 18, 2018
Doha, Qatar
Deadline for submission: June 1, 2018.

The 1st International Conference on Medical Humanities in the Middle East at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar invites proposals for oral presentations and posters on the topics of narrative medicine, medical sociology, philosophy of medicine, art and medicine, expressive arts therapies, medical ethics and narrative ethics, literature and medicine, history of medicine and other humanistic initiatives in medicine occurring in the Middle East and North Africa region. Keynote speakers: Arthur W. Frank and Mohammed Ghaly. Selected papers will be invited to an edited volume.

Contact: Professor Alan S. Weber:

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Intensive Course on Nursing Ethics

7th Edition of the Intensive Course on Foundational Approaches, Contemporary and Educational Issues in Nursing Ethics

Leuven, Belgium, 4-7 December 2018


The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the KU Leuven is organizing the 7th edition of the Intensive Course on Nursing Ethics. The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational and methodological approaches as well as on contemporary and educational issues in nursing ethics. This course works from an interdisciplinary – philosophical, nursing, clinical-ethical – perspective.



During the course, national and international experts will give presentations on various topics in the domain of nursing ethics. There will be time for intensive discussions. The language of instruction will be English.


The course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, philosophy and theology, health care administration, and is open to health care workers, people from universities and university colleges, members of ethics committees or ethics consultation services, and 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 Intensive Course.




ICCEC 2019

15th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC)

It’s the Organization, Stupid!
Clinical Ethics and Consultation at the Intersection of Institutional Practice


Vienna, Austria 23-25 May 2019 (pre-conference 22 May 2019)


Hosted by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Austrian Province (Barmherzige Brüder Österreich)


The Organizing Committee of the 15th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation, the leading international clinical ethics conference founded in 2003 by Professors Stella Reiter-Theil and George J. Agich, invites you to attend this year’s event in Vienna, Austria. ICCEC 2019’s program offers insights, exchange, and learning opportunities from psychology, healthcare management, organizational development, and jurisprudence that can enrich the practice of clinical ethics. The conference will cultivate this discourse through keynote lectures in general sessions, individual paper debates, poster presentations, panel discussions, and case studies. Keynote lectures will feature organizational experts and innovative thinkers stimulating clinical ethics. ICCEC 2019’s mission is to provide attendees with the opportunity for exchange of expertise and collaboration in an institutional stetting in order to improve the practice of clinical ethics for the good of the patient.



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Summer Course in Health Law & Ethics

2-6 July 2018

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) announces the annual Summer school on Health Law and Ethics, providing students, academics, professionals and practitioners, with an opportunity for intensive training in various aspects of health law and ethics over a one-week period, while absorbing the sights, sounds and culture unique to Rotterdam and the Netherlands.

The Summer school offers a custom-developed course taught in English by leading academics in their field.

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The significance of ethics in clinical practice, education & research

September 6-8, 2018

Department of Medical Humanities, VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam – The Netherlands

We would like to inform you that the deadline for abstract submission has been postponed to April 15, 2018.This deadline is fast approaching. Abstracts arriving after this date will not be accepted!

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If you would like to give a talk at the annual conference in Amsterdam and if you are a PhD student you could apply for an EACME Paul Schotsmans prize. A maximum of 3 prizes is available - 500 Euro each. The selection is based on your abstract that you send to the conference committee to be considered for presentation. The selection criteria are based on the scientific quality of your abstract, its coherence, innovativeness and research context. The selection is directed by the Bureau of EACME.

Those who have already submitted their abstract can contact and ask to be considered for the prize.

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


Advanced European bioethics course: Suffering, Death and Palliative Care

Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 20-23 March, 2018

The section of Healthcare Ethics, department IQ healthcare, (Radboudumc University Medical Centre) organises the 20th edition of the advanced European bioethics course ‘Suffering, Death and Palliative Care’ from March 20-23, 2018.

The key-note lecture will be held by prof. Allan Kellehear, Academic Director Digital Health Enterprise Zone, 50th Anniversary Professor (End-of-Life Care), University of Bradford, UK.


Objective of this course is to educate the participants on two main aspects: Ethical questions of palliative care and medically assisted death, and philosophical, theological and medical reflections on the concepts of death and suffering. Attitudes towards death and dying, and the ethical aspects of continuing or foregoing medical treatment, and of medically assisted death receive considerable attention in this course. In addition, the dimensions of spirituality, rituals and intercultural diversity are covered.

This course deals with a variety of topics in the domain of palliative care: Autonomy and dependence; scientific research in palliative care; palliative sedation and euthanasia; death, suffering and palliative care; quality of life and a good death; spirituality and palliative care and cultural aspects of death and dying. There will be time for intensive discussions.

Speakers are, among others, Kris Vissers, Professor of Palliative Care in Nijmegen; Ghislaine van Tiel, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in Utrecht; Gert Olthuis, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in Nijmegen, Marianne Dees, General Phycisian and Postdoctoral rRsearcher in Nijmegen,Theo Boer, Professor of Medical Ethics, Protestant Theological University and Joanna Wojtkowiak, Assistant Professor in Utrecht.

The course management strives for a diverse group of participants, with a large diversity in professional and cultural backgrounds. This diversity among both faculty and participants stimulates fruitful exchange of ideas and enhances understanding of others’ professional and cultural perspectives on suffering, death and palliative care.

This course is designed for participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, health care administration, ethics, philosophy, theology and pastoral care, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

Location: Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Language: English. Price: Euro (€) 690 for registration before 1 February 2018, Euro (€) 790 for registration on or after this date.

For more information or registration, please follow the links or contact . Tel: +31 (0) 24 - 3613359/ +31 (0) 24 - 3615320. For updates and the latest news follow us on twitter: @palcarecourse.

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Current Challenges in Bioethics: Introductory Course

2-6 July 2018, Rome


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17th Summer Course in Bioethics - Human Enhancement: Bioethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies

9-13 July 2018, Rome


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Publish or Perish! Intensive course on research & publishing in bioethics

12-14 September 2018, Poland

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14th World Congress of Bioethics

December 2018

New Delhi, India

Congress Theme: Health for all in an unequal world: Obligations of global bioethics

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