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Call for Abstracts: IME Conference 2020 'Maintaining trust in medicine in a "post truth" world'

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd July - Austin Court, Birmingham

We live in a "post-truth" world, with "facts" treated as "opinion". "Alternative facts" and a rejection of expert knowledge touch all areas of life, including medicine and medical ethics. Discussion of vaccination, climate change, gender identity, freedom of speech and the best interests of very sick children are just some examples where evidence is contested. This two-day conference explores how clinicians, educators and medical ethicists/bioethicists can respond to these challenges.

The conference organisers welcome submissions from disciplines relevant to bioethics, including medical ethics, medicine, healthcare, philosophy, social sciences, law, public policy and the medical humanities. In addition to submissions from established academics, early career researchers and healthcare professionals, submissions are encouraged from postgraduates and students who are intercalating in medical ethics or the medical humanities.

Oral presentations: 20 minutes, followed by five minutes' discussion to explore the implications for research, teaching, clinical practice and critical humanities.

Poster presentations: there will be a prize for the best poster.

Panel sessions: 75 minutes: two or three speakers related to a single topic with audience discussion. Abstracts should include a proposed timetable for the session.

Abstract submissions

The abstract submission process is online & open at:

The deadline for submissions is: midnight GMT on Friday 31st January 2020