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Oxford, 12th - 14th September 2019

The Ethox Centre and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, look forward to welcoming you from 12th-14th September 2019 to the 36th EACME conference in Oxford, on the theme of Rethinking Ethics in 21st Century Europe

The annual EACME conference presents an open platform for research contributions and debate about ethical issues in health care practices, policies, and medical sciences as well as new approaches in clinical ethics, research ethics and ethics teaching.

Useful links:

Conference Programme

Conference Booklet

Useful Information for delegates

About the conference

Just as thinking in medical ethics has shaped medicine and medical sciences, developments in medicine and new technologies have also been shaping medical ethics since its beginning. Clinical and research practices have always had to be rethought and norms redefined in response to biomedical advances and social change. Developments in ethics, society and medicine are inseparable.

In the 20th Century, bioethics responded to developments in medical research, life extending treatments, assisted reproduction and to changing social attitudes to medical practitioners and paternalism. Through the development of concepts such as those of informed consent, confidentiality, minimal risk, duties of care and the idea of independent review of research, the 20th Century played an important role in ensuring that developments in medicine respected patients and commanded public trust. The emerging questions concerned boundaries of medical intervention or scientific research and respect for the patient or research participants.

Despite the valuable contributions made by 20th Century bioethics, in recent years, however, new challenges are being presented by advances in neuroscience, big data, genomics and global connectedness, and by their convergence. Personalised medicine and big data approaches are changing the focus of medicine and increasingly blur boundaries between clinical interventions and research activities. These developments raise important questions about the extent to which 20th Century ethics is fit for purpose.

We currently observe a shift in research agendas and a redefinition of normative as well as national boundaries in Europe, and beyond. These changes raise the question as to whether medical ethics in the 21st century needs to revisit its principles and approaches. Do we need to rethink bioethics for the 21st Century? The 2019 EACME conference in Oxford will respond to a pressing need for ethics, humanities and social sciences research on these new challenges.

Watch our promotional video here

Conference Themes

Ethical and Social Impact of New Technologies
  • Big Data
  • Genomics
  • Neuroscience
  • Reproduction
(Re)defining Boundaries and Borders
  • Regulation and law
  • Education
  • Infections and drug resistance
  • Beyond Europe
Ethics in Contexts
  • Austerities
  • Emergencies
  • Clinics
  • Communities
(Re)thinking Traditions and Identities
  • Rethinking Professions and Roles
  • Patients and Publics
  • Nature and Practice of Bioethics
  • History, Politics and Values

You can download our call for abstracts here

Abstract submission

The deadline for abstract submissions was 1st March 2019

Although the abstract database is closed to new submissions, you can edit your existing submission here


The conference programme can be accessed online here. Please note, the programme may change between now and the conference.

We are pleased to confirm that the keynote speakers for EACME 2019 are:

Professor Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Prof. Dr. phil., dipl. biol. - Professor for Theory and Ethics in Biosciences, Institute fuer Medizingeschichte und Wissenschaftsforschung, University of Luebeck

Professor Annelien Bredenoord, Prof. Dr. A.L. (A.L.) - Professor of Ethics of Biomedical Innovation
UMC Utrecht, Department of Public Health, Healthcare Innovation & Evaluation and Medical Humanities (PHM)

Professor Nikola Andorno-Biller, Prof. Dr. Med. Dr. Phil. - Professor and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
University of Zurich

Professor Richard Ashcroft, MA (Cantab) PhD (Cantab) FHEA, FSB – Professor of Bioethics
Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Guidelines for presentations

All Plenary sessions are 1 hour. We would expect speakers to talk for 40 minutes to allow 20 minutes of questions.

Each talk in the parallel sessions is 20 minutes in total. We would expect speakers to talk for 15 minutes with approximately 5 minutes of questions each. There is a small amount of extra time included to allow for change overs etc.

Audio visual equipment will be available in all rooms. Please upload your slides as early as possible on the day of your talk. If you have any media content such as video or animation, please contact a member of the conference organising team in plenty of time beforehand, so that we can check compatibility with the system.

Posters must be printed in portrait format on A0 sized paper (height 1189mm, width 841mm).
Please deliver your poster to the registration desk from 12:00 on 12th September.

eacme paul schotsmans prize

If you would like to give a talk at the conference and you are a PhD student, you could apply for an EACME Paul Schotsmans prize. A maximum of 3 prizes is available - 500 Euro each. The selection is based on your abstract that you send to the conference committee to be considered for presentation. The selection criteria are based on the scientific quality of your abstract, its coherence, innovativeness and research context. The selection is directed by the Bureau of EACME. Please note that as the abstract deadline is now passed, it is no longer possible to apply for this prize.


The conference is now fully booked and registration is closed.

Before 1st June 2019 After 1st June 2019
EACME Members £320 £365
Non-EACME Members £365 £420
Eastern Europe and Low-Income Countries £210 £260
Student £210 £260
Gala Dinner £30 £30

The Gala Dinner is subsidised by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, and we hope that all delegates will be able to join in. The dinner will be held on 13th September in Keble College Dining Hall, which is the longest dining hall in Oxford so there is room for everyone!

conference dinner


Please note that accommodation is not included in the conference package. If you would like to book accommodation at the conference venue, please follow this link: and use the code EACME19 for a discounted rate.

Accommodation at Keble College is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation can be found through various websites including:

Further information

Contact details and further information: Mary Foulkes or Aileen Mooney:
Congress president: Michael Parker
Scientific secretary: Ruth Horn

In addition, there will be two satellite meetings on the 11th September 2019:

  1. European Clinical Ethics Network (ECEN). Please contact Bert Molewijk:
  2. European Network of the Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Please contact Yesim Isil Ulman:

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