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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Online Information Session - Master of Bioethics at University of Leuven

Online Open Day

1 December 2020 11h CET and 16h CET

The Master of Bioethics is a one-year advanced master's programme which is coordinated by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Leuven (Belgium) in the heart of Europe. Since 2000, more than 280 students from 70 different countries have graduated with a master of bioethics in Leuven.

To help you get a better understanding of what it is like to study Bioethics at the University of Leuven, we invite you to join us in this online session. We will give you the opportunity to interact with and ask questions to the programme director professor Pascal Borry.

Practical information

These online sessions are currently scheduled for
Tuesday 1 December 2020

At 11h CET (Brussels Time)

5 a.m. EST (New York Time)

2 a.m. PST (San Francisco Time)

6 p.m. CST (Beijing Time)

At 16h CET (Brussels Time)

10 a.m. EST (New York Time)

7 a.m. PST (San Francisco Time)

11 p.m. CST (Beijing Time)

How to join the event?

Here you can find more information and you can register to receive all practical information when available, including possible time changes.

You can't join now, but you are interested?

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Cancellation EACME 2020 Conference in Cluj and postponement until 2021

The EACME Board has been following the developments of the CoVID-19 pandemic closely over the past few months. Considering the uncertainties we are facing, the various measures countries have adopted, and the global travel restrictions in place, the EACME Daily Board, has taken the sad decision to cancel the EACME 2020 Conference in Cluj and postpone it until 2021.

This decision has been taken together with our host in Cluj, Maria Aluas, who kindly offered to reschedule the organisation to next year.

The new dates are: September 9 – 11, 2021. Please save these dates!

Abstracts accepted for presentation will be valid in 2021; however, participants can, of course, also resubmit new abstracts.

Good news: there will be an EACME Paul Schotsmans Prize available for young talented scholars this year and also next year. We are in the middle of this year's process; the winners will present their work in Cluj 2021. And there will also be EACME Collaboration Prizes and Visiting Scholarships available.

Although we will not be able to meet 'physically' this year, we would like to invite you to join us for a short 'virtual conference' on Friday, 9th September 2020, 15:00-17:30 (CET).

This will be an opportunity to hear about some of the work EACME members have been involved with during the pandemic, as well as to present the winners of the Schotsmans' Prize and the EACME Collaboration Prize. We will also set up a 'Zoom General Assembly'.

Visit the website for more details.

ENRIO 2020 Congress on Research Integrity Practice

27th-29th September 2021

(postponed from 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.

The congress website:



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

Please note the change of dates due to the Corona pandemic


New Date: June 16-18, 2021.

Location: Linköping University, Sweden

New Deadline for Abstracts: Dec 21, 2020. Please submit your abstract to:

Authors of abstracts will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than Jan 29, 2021.

Registration opens: February 1, 2021.

Deadline for Registration: April 1, 2021.

Organized by: the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Linköping University.


Professor Jane Macnaughton, Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University;

Professor Jonathan Metzl, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University;

Professor Kari Nyheim Solbrække, Institute of Health and Society, Oslo University;

Professor Kristin Zeiler, Department of Thematic Studies: Technology and Social Change, Linköping University.

About the conference

We invite researchers within the fields of the humanities, the social sciences, and medicine who are seeking to discuss the potential of collaboration, common goals and possible challenges in the field of medical humanities, broadly understood. We also welcome other stakeholders such as patients, health practitioners, and policy makers.

Why this conference? Health challenges and collaboration

Facing the rapid introduction of innovations and new techniques in biotechnology, the medical and healthcare systems are being transformed in numerous ways. The goal of personalised medicine, tailored to fit the needs of the individual patient, and a striving towards equality in health are faced by such trends as a restructuring of welfare states, the rise of health consumerism, and an increase in the number of patients suffering from complex diseases. It is also becoming increasingly possible to screen for and identify risk groups and previously unrecognised symptoms in healthy, asymptomatic populations. And the Corona pandemic raises ethical, philosophical and socio-cultural questions in need of being addressed.

Further, the World Health Organization has identified multiple global health challenges including outbreaks of communicable diseases and humanitarian crises caused by environmental pollution and climate change. The call for collaboration between medicine, the social sciences and the humanities has never been stronger.

Conference topics

The research field of the medical humanities, understood broadly, encompasses the humanities and the interpretative social sciences in and of medicine. It also undertakes inquiries at the intersection of medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The research field commonly sets out from the premises that sociocultural, ethical, and political aspects influence the development and use of medical technologies and the production of medical knowledge, and that such technologies and knowledge production also raise sociocultural, ethical and political questions. Scholars in this field also examines experiences of illness, suffering, and bodily and functional variations, and acknowledges that such experiences can raise existential questions. They offer tools to engage with questions of meaning, subjectivity, agency, ethics, and power. These are also central themes at this conference.

Topics at the conference will include, but not be limited to:

Subjectivity, intersubjectivity and the 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 healthcare

Structural discrimination within the healthcare 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

Translation between medical research and clinical practice

Challenges and potentials in collaboration across research disciplines and professions

More information about the conference is available at the website:

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