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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Call for Papers: ENRIO 2020 Congress on Research Integrity Practice

The call for papers closes on 16 February 2020 

Date of conference: 5-7 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.

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We invite proposals for research presentations and workshops. For research presentations, we are particularly interested in problem-solving abstracts that propose practical solutions to clear challenges. We welcome workshop proposals pertaining to the theme of research integrity practice.

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The congress is organised by the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO), the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK and Aalto University, Finland.




Religion And Medical Ethics


Religion And Medical Ethics
December 11-23
Location: Augustinianum Congress Centre, Via Paolo VI, Rome (adjacent to St. Peter’s Square)

Join the Journal of Medical Ethics at the Vatican from December 11-12th for a special summit on 'Religion and Medical Ethics'. Hosted by the World Innovation Summit on Healthcare and Pontifical Academy for Life the summit is bringing together representatives from the world's religions to explore the medical ethics around palliative care and mental health of the elderly.

Sessions include a focus on:

  • Safeguarding the mental health of elderly patients receiving palliative care
  • Perspectives on pediatric palliative care
  • The mental health and wellbeing of older people: spiritual opportunities and challenges
  • Mental health and the elderly: the intersection of spirituality, caregiving and medicine
  • Suicide and life-threatening behavior among the elderly

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Advanced European bioethics course: Suffering, Death and Palliative Care


24 - 27 March 2020, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Organized by the section of Healthcare Ethics, IQ healthcare, (Radboudumc University Medical Centre). Click here for more details.

Register here.

The aim of the course is to educate participants on a range of ethical issues related to suffering and dying, palliative care and medically assisted death. The key-note lecture will be held by Els van Wijngaarden PhD, associate professor and researcher, Dept. of Care Ethics, University for Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Contact: Valesca Follow us on twitter: @palcarecourse.




The 5th ELSI Congress – 30 Years of the Genome: Integrating and Applying ELSI Research

June 15-17, 2020, Columbia University in New York, NY USA.

The conference is organized and supported by the Columbia University Divison of Ethics, Stanford University, and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Information and submission guidelines online; email:

ICCEC 2020


31 March - 3 April 2020, Capetown, South Africa.

The 16th International Conference on Clinical Ethics & Consultation invites abstracts for their 2020 conference Beyond Boundaries: exploring new frontiers

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8th Edition of the Intensive Course on Foundational Approaches, Contemporary and Educational Issues in Nursing Ethics

3-6 December 2019, Leuven, Belgium


The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the KU Leuven is organizing the 8th edition of the Intensive Course on Nursing Ethics. The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational and methodological approaches as well as on contemporary and educational issues in nursing ethics. This course works from an interdisciplinary – philosophical, nursing, clinical-ethical – perspective.



During the course, national and international experts will give presentations on various topics in the domain of nursing ethics. There will be time for intensive discussions. The language of instruction will be English.


The course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, philosophy and theology, health care administration, and is open to health care workers, people from universities and university colleges, members of ethics committees or ethics consultation services, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.


Detailed information on program, funding opportunities, registration and payment can be found at our website here under Intensive Course.




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