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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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

      2. European Network of the Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Please contact Yesim Isil Ulman: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it