Past events

Empirical Bioethics - two day training course

29 – 30 May 2019

The Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol, UK, is offering a two day training course in empirical bioethics, designed as an introduction for those who are undertaking, or wish to learn more about undertaking, empirical bioethics research.

This course will help you to:

Understand the development of empirical bioethics; Critically engage with key challenges involved in undertaking empirical bioethics research; Critically engage with key epistemological and meta-ethical debates in empirical bioethics; Develop your awareness and understanding of a range of empirical bioethics methodologies; Apply methodological insights to your own work.


£420 (including lunches and refreshments)

We will cover the following topics (exact programme tbc)

Group work: Challenges and questions

Introduction to empirical bioethics - what is it and why do we need it?

Methods in empirical bioethics: dialogical vs. consultative

Stories from the field (Presentations from EB researchers, giving personal accounts of how they went about developing their own EB research)

Systematic reviews of bioethics literature

Empirical rigour in empirical bioethics

Planning an empirical bioethics project: key questions

Planning your empirical bioethics project: Individual and group work

Presenting empirical bioethics research – standards and challenges

Q&A with presenters

Feedback from the 2018 course

"A really useful course - I don't think I could have obtained the same knowledge or understanding even from hours of reading the literature!"

"An incredibly useful course that not only provides the expertise and understanding needed for those using empirical bioethics approaches to ethical enquiry, but also 'space' to allow the thinking, collaborating and exploring that is vital to those practicing in this field"

"This was an excellent 2 days to take at the beginning of my fellowship. I leave with a much clearer sense of the history of the EB field, the development of methodologies, and feel more confident about deciding on the most appropriate methods for my project.  I am leaving full of enthusiasm and ready to go"

"Attending this course has been an absolutely brilliant opportunity to learn from great researchers and peers"

Registration for this course is now open. Click here to book a place.

Please contact Dr Jonathan Ives for more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it