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

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


The conference programme can be found here. Please note, the programme is still in development so may be subject to minor changes. The final programme will be issued shortly before the conference.

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speakers will be Anant Bhan, President of the International Association of Bioethics, and Katherine Littler, Head of Ethics at the World Health Organisation.

Information for presenters:

All talks in the parallel sessions are 25 minutes in total. We would expect parallel session speakers to talk for approximately 15 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions at the end.

All talks in the plenary sessions are 30 minutes in total. We would expect plenary session speakers to talk for approximately 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions at the end.

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).

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. Funds have now been fully allocated.

The following types of support are available:

Abstract accepted for oral presentation Abstract accepted as poster
UK Students discounted rate for conference fees discounted rate for conference fees
Students from high income countries outside of the UK conference fee waiver discounted rate for conference fees
Students and early career researchers* from LMIC conference fee waiver and 3 nights of accommodation conference fee waiver

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

Conference Registration

The deadline for registration was 16 May 2019 and the conference is now full. However, we do have a waiting list, so please email conference@ethox.ox.ac.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

The conference fees are:

2 day conference package (standard) - £330
2 day conference package (subsidised*) - £260

1 day conference package (standard) - £170 
1 day conference package (subsidised*) - £135

*Please see the travel bursaries and financial support table above for eligibility for subsidised rate.

A password will be required in order to book at the subsidised rate. If you are a student, please contact us to ask for the password.


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: https://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/bed-breakfast and use the code ETHOX19 for a discounted rate.

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

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to the conference, please email us at: conference@ethox.ox.ac.uk

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