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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 and venue for 2019

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

The venue will again be Keble College, Oxford

Conference Themes 2019

We are now inviting proposals for paper presentations or posters addressing the ethical aspects of global health. The conference themes include, but are not limited to, the ethical issues involved in the following topics:

Conference themes for the Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference 2019

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered.

You can also download our call for papers here.

Abstract submission process

The deadline for abstract submissions is 18th January 2019

Please submit your abstract online using our abstract submission form. A link to the online form will appear here soon.

Decisions on which abstracts have been accepted for presentation will be communicated by the end of March 2019.

Travel bursaries and financial support

We have a limited fund available to provide partial support for delegates who are unable to obtain funding from their institution, to help with their accommodation costs and/or fees. This is intended for delegates from low and middle-income countries, and students. If you will not be able to attend without financial support, please ensure that you indicate your requirements on the abstract submission form. Requests received after the abstract submission deadline are unlikely to be successful, as the funds will already have been fully allocated.

The following types of support are available:

  • UK Students - discounted rate for conference fees
  • Students from high income countries outside of the UK - conference fee waiver
  • Students and early career researchers* from LMICs - conference fee waiver and 3 nights of accommodation

*early career researchers are defined as up to 8 years from the date of PhD

Conference Registration

A link for registering for the conference and information about fees will also appear here soon!

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to the conference, please email us at:

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