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Oghb conference 2017


The Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference takes place every two years and addresses critically important ethical issues in the conception and implementation of Global Health.  It aims to foster comprehensive multi-disciplinary debate moving beyond the parameters of disease, interventions and locations to attend to and engage with the many over-arching ethical concerns which characterise Global Health policy, practice and research.

Conference Focus

The ethical issues involved in the practice of Global Health initiatives and research are increasingly the subject of public and scholarly debate. These discussions have, however, tended to be dominated by a focus on particular diseases or interventions in certain locations and often with specific views of what constitutes ethics. Debate has also tended to be limited by insufficient engagement between different disciplinary approaches to this subject.

Dates for our next conference

With two successful conferences under our belt, we will be running our third conference on the 1st and 2nd July 2019

More information about submitting abstracts and registering will appear here on our website nearer the time.  Alternatively, why not email us to receive our biannual newsletter or follow us on Twitter to receive updates.

overview of the 2017 conference

 The conference themes for 2017 included the ethical issues involved in the following topics:

  • Practical ethical issues in public health emergencies
  • The ethics of research collaboration in emergencies
  • Ethical issues for front line research staff
  • What does it mean to participate/engage/volunteer and be involved in global health?
  • Implications of these different types of engagements
  • The use of new and existing forms of technologies in the conduct of global health
  • Mapping, tracking and Big Data
  • Migration
  • Collective regional and global responsibilities
  • Geographical factors in research ethics
  • The value and limits of the concept of vulnerability
  • Vulnerability and agency
  • Research with ‘vulnerable groups’
  • Data sharing
  • The sharing of samples
  • Biobanking in low-income settings

 And to see the conference programme for 2017, please click here