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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Programme Webinar 'Ethics in pandemic times: EACME and Covid-19 responses'


Friday September 11, 2020

10.00 Board meeting (for EACME Board members only)

Programme Webinar 'Ethics in pandemic times: EACME and Covid-19 responses'

13:00 Welcome (Rouven Porz, President) - incl. mention of elections at 16:00, renewal of Bureau and Board

13:15 News from Angelique Heijnen (Executive Board Secretary), introduction of Kim Zandvliet

13:25 EACME Paul Schotsmans Prize (Ruth Horn, Secretary - General)

13:35 EACME Collaboration Prize (Bert Molewijk, Treasurer)

13:40 New editor (Giles Birchley – Caroline Brall)

13:45 Announcing the new dates Cluj conference 2021 (Maria Aluas)

13:50 Webinar ''Ethics in pandemic times: EACME and Covid-19 responses' Introduction (Ruth Horn)

13:55 Solidarity in times of a pandemic: What do people do, and why? A comparative and longitudinal qualitative study in nine European countries. Barbara Prainsack, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity, Vienna.

14:10 The ethics of contact tracing apps in the control of the Covid-19 pandemic. An ethicist's insight into the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Michael Parker, Ethox, Oxford.

14:25 Being an Ethics advisor at Zorgnet - Icuro (organisation of healthcare institutions in Flanders). Yvonne Denier, Centrum voor Biomedische Ethiek en Recht, Leuven.

14:40 Clinical ethics support in times of pandemics. Federico Nicoli, Center for Clinical Ethics Varese, Bert Molewijk, Amsterdam University Medical Center.

15:00 Break

15:30 General Assembly with Board Elections (for EACME members only)

17:00 Closure General Assembly

Please note: We will send the Zoom links one week before the meetings. Contact:

Diversity & Bioethics: 34th European Conference on Philosophy & Healthcare

26th-29th August 2020, Warsaw 

Click here for further details

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

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


11th-13th November 2020

Linköping University, Sweden

Deadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2020. Submit your abstract to:

Organizedby: the LiU Medical Humanities and Social Sciences network, which is part of the Swedish Network for Medical Humanities and Social Sciences.

Facing the rapid speed of new innovations and biotechnologies, medicine and health care are currently being transformed in numerous ways. The goal of personalized medicine, tailored to fit the individual patient's need, and the strive towards equality in health meet restructuring welfare states, health consumerism, and patients suffering from complex diseases. Medicine and health care also face increasing possibilities to screen and identify unrecognized disease in healthy, asymptomatic populations. Globally, the World Health Organization has identified multiple health challenges including outbreaks of communicable diseases as well as humanitarian crises caused by environmental pollution and climate change. The call for collaborations between medicine, the social sciences, and the humanities has perhaps never been stronger.

The research field of medical humanities, understood broadly, encompasses the humanities and the interpretative social science in and of medicine, as well as inquiries at the very intersection of medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. It sets out from the presumptions that sociocultural, ethical, and political aspects play into the development and use of specific medical technologies and medical knowledge production, and that such technologies and knowledge production also evoke sociocultural, ethical and political questions. This research field also examines experiences of illness, suffering, and bodily and functional variations, and acknowledges that these experiences can evoke existential questions, which are central to the humanities and the social sciences. Further, the medical humanities offer tools to engage with questions of meanings, subjectivity, agency, ethics, and power.

We welcome papers that seek to engage in the conversation on critical intersections of the humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Subjectivity, intersubjectivity and 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 health care; Structural discrimination within health care 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; Translations between medical research and clinical practice; Challenges and potentials in collaborations across research disciplines and professions.

See here for more information.

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