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Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Theological and Ethical Responses @ Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University
Nov 9 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

On behalf of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and the McDonald Agape Foundation, we welcome you to attend the upcoming conference “Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Theological and Ethical Responses” to be held Friday, November 9th, 2018, at Georgetown University.

To register, please email [email protected] by October 15th, 2018.


Clinical Ethics Symposium: Conscientious Objection @ American Swedish Institute
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Medicine has allowed for a few to conscientiously object to providing services, like performing abortions, for people who have religious or moral objections. There isn’t any formal training on how to deal with conscientious objectors and what objects are actually appropriate versus others that may be more bigoted or discriminatory and what is the institutions requirement to honoring those objections. Without clear understanding of objections and what institutions should do with objectors, patients can be denied needed care and clinicians can be forced to provide care they object to. This symposium will address these gaps in learning to help address clinician conscientious objection.


UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Conference: Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Health Law @ Ramada Hotel, Vilnai Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa) will hold the World Conference in Jerusalem during November 27-29, 2018. The aim of the Conference is to serve as an international platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

 The Conference will be held in collaboration with the World Medical Association, the World Federation for Medical Education, the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, and other leading organizations. The Heads and the members of more than 170 Units of the Chair from all over the world will attend the Conference. Hundreds of experts from various disciplines are expected to join them and enrich the scientific program.

14th World Congress Of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference – Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics @ St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences
Dec 5 – Dec 7 all-day

The Congress Organising Committee takes great pleasure in inviting you all to the 14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference. The Congress theme is ‘Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics’.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which laid a foundation for the highest attainable standards of health. It will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, in which the world pledged “Health for All” by 2000. More recently the chief of WHO issued a call for universal health coverage, drawing attention to issues around equity in health systems, including health systems research.

Despite several gains in health research and healthcare, we as a global community have not been able to achieve equitable healthcare systems so far. Global bioethics ought to be squarely addressing health inequity in an interconnected but unequal world. We are witnessing the emergence of the stronghold of the private corporate sector on the one hand and health conditions requiring huge investments in research on the other hand. Alongside, we observe growing inequities in the health status of human populations, growing conflicts, increasing episodes of natural disasters and adverse economic situations directly impacting the purchasing capacity of common people. The inequity in access to healthcare continues as much in the global North as the global South. In this context, the global bioethics community needs to engage with and strengthen the scholarship in the field of enquiries such as ‘justice’ and ‘solidarity’ in the coming times.

We sincerely hope that you will join us to bring your own voice into multidisciplinary conversations on the Congress theme. Needless to say, the Congress is open, as has always been the case, for debates and conversations on other wide-ranging themes from the broader discipline of bioethics.

The Congress will be held at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Bengaluru, known as a leader in information technology, is teeming with multidisciplinary educational institutions and a metropolitan culture of performing arts and literature. Home to scenic gardens and interesting heritage sites, it is blessed with a year-round moderate climate. In December, Bengaluru enjoys a mild winter.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Congress.


Congress Organising Committee

33rd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare Call for Abstracts @ University of Oslo, Norway
Mar 1 all-day

This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Centre for Medical Ethics, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. We may think we know what the terms ‘medicine’ and ‘health care’ denote and what activities should be classed as falling under each of them. Yet both medicine and health care have fuzzy borders in themselves and also overlap with other areas of human activity, e.g. in relation to the legal system or the cosmetic industry. This raises philosophical questions about how we should understand activities that are ‘at the edge of medicine’ and ethical questions about how we should evaluate such activities. Should the ethics of medicine supply the guiding principles or should activities at the edge be governed by other considerations. These and similar questions will be explored and addressed in the conference. Abstracts addressing any of the issues mentioned in the headings below from a philosophical and/or ethical perspective will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted.

Borderline conditions

  • New concepts of disease, illness, or sickness
  • The co-production of concepts of human malady
  • Between esthetics and ethics
  • Identity-related conditions
  • Diagnostic creep, overdiagnosis
  • Medicalization

Clinical Ethics

  • Non-hospital/health care settings
  • Involvement of patients, relatives, and other parties
  • Relation between professionalism and ethics
  • Handling suffering without knowledge (of etiology or effective treatment)

Health systems

  • Resource allocation and ’non-medical’ conditions
  • Resource allocation and non-medical services (e.g. dentistry etc.)
  • Professional dominance vs other stakeholder dominance
  • AI for diagnosis and treatment decisions

Moral residue

  • Moral dilemmas
  • Moral failure
  • Moral disagreement
  • The problem of resolution in moral discourse
  • Tragic choices

Non-medical interventions

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Male circumcision
  • Sports medicine
  • Medical enhancement

Refugees and asylum seekers

  • DNA-testing, ethics and migration
  • Age determination in refugee children
  • Refugees’ access to health care
  • Domestic violence among asylum seekers

Expanding sciences and disruptive technologies

  • Robotics, machine learning, and intelligent systems
  • Sensors and monitoring technology
  • Gene editing, gene drives
  • DTC genetic testing
  • Genetics testing and indigenous populations
  • Citizen science

Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit an abstract in Word format (500 words maximum) before March 1, 2019. The Conference Programme Committee will select abstracts for oral presentation. Please send abstracts by e-mail to: Professor Bert Gordijn, Secretary of the ESPMH, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland: [email protected]


CitSci2019: Growing Our Family Tree @ Marriott Raleigh City Center
Mar 13 – Mar 17 all-day

In 2019, we celebrate and explore the deep roots and broad branches that form the strong core of this field.

Join us in the City of Oaks to connect with other leaders and learners from many backgrounds. We deepen our own work as we share our diverse perspectives and practices – no matter what we investigate or what we call our efforts. Bring your ideas and your questions to CitSci2019, and be a part of our growing Family Tree!

Call for Symposia:
We invite proposals for 60- or 90-minute symposium sessions that weave together several perspectives on a common theme. The symposium organizer should choose the presentation format (e.g., panel discussion, storytelling, Ignite format) that best meets the objectives of the proposed theme.

Examples themes include, but are not limited to:

Partnerships – the opportunities and challenges
Validity of citizen science data
Results of research around a similar topic
Ethical issues in citizen science

Call for Workshops:
We are currently accepting proposals for half day and full day workshops. We encourage workshops focused on topics and activities that contribute to growing our community’s shared knowledge base, research areas, and priority areas.

Workshop should be designed to contribute to the following Conference priorities:

Welcoming and inclusion, citizenry in science
Informing the broader community
Supporting sustained technical and scientific collaborations and standards
Establishing and maintaining long term relationships and partnerships
Developing best practices

Call for Individual Presentations and Posters:
We are currently accepting proposal submissions for individual presentations and posters. Authors may present in only one of the following categories: Individual Talk, Lightning Talk (which may include a poster), or Poster.
For more details, deadlines, and available individual presentation formats, view the call for individual presentation and poster abstracts.

Submission Details
All submissions will be accepted in English only through the online form at Please be aware that the symposia, workshops, and individual presentations/posters/talks may have different deadlines. See the detailed calls for proposals or abstracts for the specific deadlines.


17th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities – The World 4.0: Convergences of Knowledges and Machines @ University of Granada
Jul 3 – Jul 5 all-day

What is the role of Humanities in the journey to the Fourth Industrial Revolution? How important are humanistic disciplines for the kinds of challenges we face in a coming era, supposedly defined by a highly dynamic phase of industrial and social restructuring, where the adaptive capacity of societies needs to be enhanced by specific skills, with techno-social dependencies. What is the role of the Humanities in building cognitive competences, and new professional paths? What can we bring to a new lexicon of: open innovation, co-innovation, co-creation, not only as the “convergence” of peoples, but also machines, with ontologies.

The special focus of the 2019 International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities seeks to unveil the importance of SSH disciplines to the major STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The future of our planet requires co-creation mechanisms that re-conduct ideas in fundamentally different ways, in order to result in significant value to society, organizations, products, services and business. The conference will explore how the Humanities can contribute to this future.


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