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Symposium on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Learning Health Systems @ University of Michigan
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

The ELSI-LHS symposium is an interdisciplinary event that provides an opportunity for collaboration and learning among colleagues with diverse perspectives on ELSI-LHS, including technical infrastructure, informatics, medicine, public health, community engagement, law, ethics, and social science. The theme of the 2019 ELSI-LHS symposium is Precision Medicine and Learning Health Systems.


4th Annual Ethics Symposium: Religious and Cultural Implications at the End of Life @ American Swedish Institute
Nov 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

This year’s ethics symposium will address the specific needs of patients facing end of life decision and religious based conflict.  Participants will increase their competence by learning strategies to have end of life discussions when cultural or religious based conflicts arise.  The symposium will also give insight on how to recognize this kind of conflict.

Target Audience:

Any care providers with interest in learning about cultural and religious implications at end of life; Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Social Workers, Lawyers, Hospital Chaplains, Ethicists, and Residents/Medical Students.

Fourth Annual Medical Student Ethics Conference Becoming a Physician: Ethical Challenges in Medical Education @ Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Nov 16 all-day

The “Becoming a Physician: Ethical Challenges in Medical Education: conference is the only medical ethics conference that focuses on the ethical challenges medical students encounter in the path to becoming physicians. It is intended to be a forum for medical students to present their reflections in these challenges.

New Technologies in Health: Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues @ Piraeus Bank Conference Centre
Nov 21 – Nov 22 all-day

The Conference revolves around the following topics:
1. Artificial Intelligence and its applications in the health area
2. Robotic Medicine: medical, legal and ethical issues
3. E-Health and patient protection
4. Emerging treatment modalities
5. Social Media: a valuable tool or an impediment to healthcare provision?

20th Asian Bioethics Conference @ Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nov 22 all-day

20th Asian Bioethics Conference (ABC20) will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized by Bangladesh Bioethics Society (BBS) in the cooperation with Asian Bioethics Association (ABA) and Eubios Ethics Institute, Thailand, New Zeeland’s and Japan. It provides opportunity for all scholars around the world to gather feedback on their research, maximize networking opportunities, and learn the latest news and information and methodologies on bioethics.

The previous conferences was held in China, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Iran, the Philippines and Taiwan.


1st South African Gene Editing Conference @ Public Health Auditorium, School of Education Campus, Parktown, South Africa
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 4:00 pm

Advances in biotechnology have led to human genome editing and progress in artificial intelligence (AI) fueling the fourth industrial revolution. With these advances gaining momentum promises for well-being at a level not previously imagined, emerge. This progress also raises ethical, legal and social considerations together with valid concerns that the law and ethics are lagging behind. Moreover, recent reports on abuse of these technologies have triggered disquiet.

Genome editing involves precise additions, deletions and alterations to the genome. Basic science research in genome editing is already under way in laboratories globally. Clinical applications involving somatic (non-reproductive cells) are in the early stages and going forward there is great potential for the use of this technology in germline (reproductive) cells. What does this mean for us in South Africa and Africa as a whole?

The Wits School of Clinical Medicine, together with the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) will be hosting the 1st South African Conference on Gene Editing to discuss and debate these issues.


Inaugural Clinical Bioethics Symposium @ UTRGV School of Medicine Auditorium
Jan 25 – Jan 26 all-day

This two-day conference convenes leaders in clinical and academic bioethics to explore ethical questions and concerns in healthcare.

Session Topics:

  • Ethical Principles and Values
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Clinical settings where ethics discussions arise


Conference on Medicine and Religion – True to Tradition? Religion, the Secular, ?and the Future of Medicine @ The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

The medicine we know today has a history, and that history sets the terms for what we expect medicine to become in the future.  What are the historical sources of contemporary medicine?  What has been lost that should be recovered?  What should be left behind?  In particular, what do we know about the Hippocratic tradition?  How has that tradition been taken up, modified, and developed in Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures?  What resources, if any, does that tradition offer to practitioners today?  What aspects of the medicine of the past should ground the medicine of the future?

The 2020 Conference on Medicine and Religion invites clinicians, scholars, clergy, students and others to take up these and other questions related to the intersection of medicine and religion.  The conference encourages participants to consider these questions in light of religious traditions and practices, particularly, though not exclusively, those of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The conference is a forum for exchanging ideas from an array of disciplinary perspectives, from accounts of clinical practices to empirical research to scholarship in the humanities.  ?

The 16th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics & Consultation – Beyond Borders: Exploring New Frontiers @ Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Mar 31 – Apr 3 all-day

The Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University is delighted to host the 16th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation (ICCEC) in Cape Town, South Africa. Given that this is the first time that the ICCEC will be hosted on the African continent, the theme “Beyond Borders: exploring new frontiers” is apt. The conference will explore clinical ethics challenges that traverse borders and shift paradigms against a backdrop of cultural complexity and diversity.

We hope that the ethical challenges raised by the theme will be of interest to health care professionals and scholars, bioethicists, legal scholars, policy makers and health science partners from around the world. We look forward to sharing ideas and contributing new and diverse perspectives on clinical ethics that will help us to step beyond our boundaries of comfort to experience different philosophical systems that influence decision making in clinical ethics in different parts of the world. This is particularly relevant as geographical borders become more porous and migration patterns bring cultural diversity and ethical challenges to various corners of the globe.

Africa is a continent of wide diversity – genetically and culturally. In South Africa, we embrace a spirit of Ubuntu or interconnectedness that is vital to building peaceful human relationships and to resolving differences in healthcare perspectives when they conflict. We are also, as one human family, all part of the 4th industrial revolution and we will face the challenges that this new digital journey in health care and clinical ethics will bring.

We extend a warm welcome to all delegates to an academically stimulating ICCEC in Africa! We also hope you will find time to enjoy the historical university town of Stellenbosch, the vineyards with breathtaking views of the Helderberg mountains and the beautiful city of Cape Town with its world renowned tourist attractions.


14th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law @ Porto Palacio Hotel, Porto, Portugal
May 11 – May 14 all-day

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics welcomes all of you to the 14th World Conference.

The World Conference offers its participants an international platform for fruitful scientific discourse on more than 60 topics and subtopics in the fields of bioethics, medical ethics and health law.

Target Groups: Members of Ethics Committees, Physicians, Lawyers, Judges, Forensic doctors, Nurses, Teachers and Educators in Medical Schools, Nursing Schools, Law Schools, Schools of Social Work, Faculties of Philosophy and Ethics, Professional Organizations, Governmental & Public Bodies.

Main Aspects

  • Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Health Law
  • Ethics Committees
  • Biomedical Research and Experimentation
  • Forensic Medicine, Law and Ethics
  • Bioethics Education


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