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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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


International Bioethics Summer Program: ?Global Bioethics, Human Rights & Public Policy

New York City, 19-30 June 2017

Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI), co-sponsored by Pace University, College of Health Professions invite students and professionals worldwide to attend the International Bioethics Summer School in Manhattan, New York City.  Join us for this one-of-a-kind educational opportunity.

The International Bioethics Summer School Program includes a series of lectures and seminars, field trips, film screenings, and evening events with guest speakers.

The faculty of the summer school program is comprised of notable international scholars who will lecture and conduct seminars on various bioethical topics.

All participants will present their final papers (written under a faculty member’s supervision) at a conference forum during the final week of the program.

In order to make the summer school program truly global, GBI is offering several partial scholarships to students. To apply for a partial scholarship, please include a 300-500 word statement with the rest of your application materials describing how you would benefit from it. Scholarship winners will be notified two days after applying. Some participants may wish to seek financial assistance or scholarships from their home educational institutions or outside sources to cover expenses.  Click here to apply

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The faculty of the summer school program is comprised of notable international scholars who will lecture and conduct seminars on various bioethical topics

Summer School on Health Law & Ethics - Erasmus Observatory

 28 June - 7 July 2017, Rotterdam

The Erasmus Observatory on Health Law / Institute 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 two-weeks period (you can sign up for 1 week or 2 weeks), while absorbing the sights, sounds and culture unique to Rotterdam and the Netherlands. The Summer school offers a custom-developed course taught by leading academics in their field.

The course is designed to enhance the preparation of health professionals confronted with legal and ethical issues. The course focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of health law and ethics. A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to participants who wish to take the course for academic credit. 

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Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference 2017

30 June - 2 July 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Summer Courses - School of Bioethics of Regina Apostolorum

The first week is 3-7 July 2017 and the second week is 10-14 July 2017, Italy

Applicants must provide: One letter of reference, Curriculum Vitae, GPA average of previous university years up to point of application. Students can apply for one or both weeks, please specify on your application.

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Send applications to: Applicants will be informed of the result by 28 April.

Summer Course on Ethics in Dementia Care

The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the KU Leuven is organizing the 3rd edition of the Summer Course on Ethics in Dementia Care (Leuven, Belgium, 5-7 July 2017). 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. Click below and scroll down to 'Summer Course' for detailed information on program, funding opportunities, registration and payment.

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Call for Applications - Desire to have children and genome-editing: Ethical, legal and social aspects of genome-editing in in-vitro fertilisation

Research Retreat for PhD students and Early Career Researchers, University of Tuebingen, Germany

10 – 14 of July 2017

Call for Applications Deadline: 13 April 2017 - see flyer below for further information.

New methods for genome-editing (CRISPR/Cas) are more efficient than those previously known. They could be applied in the prevention and therapy of diseases. However, several scientists called for moratoria on interventions in the germ line. In the United Kingdom, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has granted researchers permission to use genome-editing for research purposes in human embryos. The improvement of success rates of assisted reproduction is one of the possible outcomes that are discussed in relation to this research. Unfulfilled desire for children is acknowledged to cause suffering and assisted reproduction is widely accepted as a treatment. Research which can increase the success rates of in-vitro fertilization is likely to be very welcome. Due to the application of the new methods in the context of assisted reproduction, it is necessary to consider the benefits and risks of IVF and genome-editing together. The aim of the retreat is an international and comparative perspective with a focus on Germany and the United Kingdom, two countries which differ in terms of the regulation of genome-editing in the context of IVF.

We are looking for:

•PhD students and Early Career Researchers

•researching genome-editing and/or assisted reproduction

•working in one or more of the following fields: life sciences, medicine, ethics, social sciences, law

•based in Germany or the United Kingdom

•willing to prepare a paper & to discuss it with participants and experts

•open to try out new formats for scientific collaboration (forum theatre workshop)

•interested in an international perspective focusing on Germany and the United Kingdom

•looking forward to spending a week discussing ethical, social and legal aspects of genome-editing and in-vitro fertilisation

Contact: Dr. phil. Selma Kadi Dr. med. Zoé Rheinsberg

Faculty of Medicine Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine



31st European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine & Healthcare & Call for Abstracts

'Emerging Technologies in Healthcare'

16 - 19 August 2017

University of Belgrade, Serbia

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European Summer School on Clinical Ethics Support Services (CESS)

27 August - 2 September 2017, Italy

The European Clinical Ethics Network (ECEN), offers a high quality and intensive one week European Summer School in the amazing surroundings of the Italian Dolomites.

The "European Summer School on Clinical Ethics Support Services (CESS)" is aimed at developing and improving professional practice for people active in clinical ethics committees, consultations services and/or moral deliberation.

Candidates will get facilitated to further develop their own professional profile through their own learning style. Candidates will develop their (inter)national professional network in clinical ethics and get the opportunity to be tutored by senior colleagues in the field.

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EACME 2017 Annual Conference & Call for Abstracts

'Justice in Healthcare - Values in Conflict'

First announcement - Call for Abstracts

7 - 9 September 2017

Barcelona, Spain

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18th Nursing Ethics Conference and the 3rd International Ethics in Care Conference

15-16 September 2017, Leuven, Belgium

In 2017, both the International Care Ethics Observatory of the University of Surrey (UK) and the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) will organize the 18th Nursing Ethics Conference and the 3rd International Ethics in Care Conference. An excellent occasion to reflect on future challenges and opportunities of ethics in nursing and care.

The focus of the conference is on:

Ethical Issues in Care for Older Adults

Ethics Education in Nursing and Care

Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Care

Organizational Ethical Issues in Nursing and Care

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American Society for Bioethics & Humanities

19th ASBH 19th Annual Meeting

19-22 October 2017

Kansas City, MO

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Asian Bioethics Conference: Future of Bioethics & Healthcare

25 - 28 October 2017

Seoul, Korea

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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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