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The theme for this, our 30th annual conference, is The Christian Stake in Bioethics Revisited: Crucial Issues of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. This title hearkens back to our very first conference, The Christian Stake in Bioethics, held in May of 1994 and officially launching The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.
That conference grew out of two days of meetings on the Trinity International University campus discussing the field of bioethics and what might be done by evangelical Christians specifically. The meeting’s attendees agreed that the time was ripe to further evangelical bioethical engagement, and it was determined that the best way to do so was to develop “some sort of center to mobilize that engagement, to enable people to work across professional, denominational, institutional lines. To be able to do genuinely Christian engagement with these issues.”
Genuinely Christian engagement has indeed been the work of the Center. For this year’s conference, we will review the ground that has been covered, examine where the field of bioethics stands today, and look ahead to the challenge we will face as we continue forward.
Plenary addresses will include:
• The History of CBHD and Evangelical Engagement with Bioethics
• Bioethics & Science Fiction: Current Themes & Future Realities
• The Past and Future of Advance Directives
• Definitions of Death
• Advice to Young Bioethicists
• Bioethics Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow
Workshops and paper sessions will explore additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics.
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is the leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.
Bioethics Education International (BEI) invites participants (students and professionals) across the globe to attend the summer school to be held from July 24 to 29, 2023. The summer school includes lectures and seminars, film screenings, and special guest speakers. The faculty will include experts and scholars with international reputations who will lecture and conduct seminars on current and futuristic topics related to bioethics, global health, medical and biosciences. All participants will have the opportunity to engage in an intercultural dialogue over a topic of interest of their choice, in breakout rooms, on the final day of the online school. Selected leaders will present the conclusions of each group to the final open forum.
Early Application Deadline: May 25, 2023
Regular Application Deadline: July 5, 2023
Facing Disruption. Challenges to Bioethics Human Rights and Democracy
Annual Conference of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics
University of Warsaw
14-16 September 2023
In recent years, the world has experienced profound disruptions: the climate crisis, a pandemic, wars and armed conflicts, mass migrations, disinformation and fake news, as well as subversions of democracy. These phenomena call into question our commitments to such foundations of democratic societies as autonomy and equality, transparency, solidarity, fairness, and the rule of law. They also, and most importantly, cause disruptions in our thinking.
If democratic societies, which are founded on the belief in human dignity and rights, are to survive and thrive, they need the capacity to deal not only with the emergencies and crises of the surrounding world. Democratic societies must also be able to overcome disruptions in thinking. We need to be conceptually and normatively prepared for the challenges of our times and the future, which are posed by the development of new technologies, the climate crisis, global epidemics, war and armed conflicts, and assaults on human rights and democracy. Since bioethics – both as a field of research and as a practice of democratic societies – depends on commitment to human dignity and rights, these challenges also mean disruptions to bioethics.
The 2023 annual EACME Conference in Warsaw, Poland, will be a forum for reflection on these global and intersecting challenges to bioethics, human rights, and democracy. We would like to engage the participants in a debate on the central topics of our time that demand a reasoned, rigorous and open discussion.
Themes and subthemes:
1. Pandemics and public health emergencies
a. Ethics in emergencies
b. Research ethics in emergencies
c. Ethics of resource allocations in times of global crises
d. Ethics in disaster preparedness and management
2. Humanitarian challenges
a. Ethics and “battlefield” medicine
b. Global health ethics
c. Ethics of (humanitarian) interventions
d. Engaging and/or involving stakeholders
3. Data driven technologies
a. Ethics of AI and digital health data
b. Ethics of healthcare robotics
c. Neurotechnology and neuroethics
d. GenEthics in clinical care and research
4. The climate crisis and the future of humanity
a. Environmental justice
b. Ethics of sustainable development
c. Intergenerational justice
d. Precautionary principle
The deadline for abstract submission: 7th May 2023.
Health inequities lead to poorer health outcomes among people of color, low-income families, non-cisgender, and families living in rural communities. This year’s conference will focus on navigating ethical questions surrounding a move towards creating more inclusive healthcare environments and closing equity gaps that unduly impede access to quality care. Participants will explore how to optimize ethical response at the bedside as well as cultivate educational experiences that prepare future clinicians to care for diverse patient populations in real-world settings.
All Health Care Professionals
- Center for Health Ethics
- MU School of Medicine
- MU Sinclair School of Nursing
- MU Continuing Education for Health Professions
- MU Extension