Boxes packed, talks prepared, Ceilidh moves at the ready – we’re off to Edinburgh this week for the International Association of Bioethics World Congress (aka IAB 2016).

We are delighted to be a sponsor of IAB 2016 and to be organising several events and activities during the congress. Several members of the secretariat are heading to Edinburgh to be involved either as speakers, to chair events, to listen to and take part in the symposia and to run our exhibition stand. For anyone who is planning their time at the congress, here’s a quick summary of all our events.

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Wednesday 15 June

14.00 – 15.30

S34 Symposium: Are we making progress in bioethics?

Pentland Auditorium

The Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016 and we have organised this symposium which brings together an international panel for a discussion about whether bioethics has made progress over that time. This event will be chaired by Jonathan Montgomery, with contributions from the following speakers:

  • Erica Haimes, Professor of Sociology and Executive Director, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre, Newcastle University, UK
  • Christian Munthe, Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ruth Macklin, Professor of Bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, US
  • Calvin Ho, Assistant Professor, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore

Thursday 16 June

13.15 – 14.15 (lunch packs available)

Arts and Ethics performance event: (un)natural poetry

Pentland Auditorium

This event will showcase the Council’s work with poets to explore the concept of naturalness in debates about the biosciences, featuring live performance by poet in residence Kayo Chingonyi. Joining Kayo on the panel for discussion will be:

  • Catherine Joynson, Programme Manager, Nuffield Council on Bioethics
  • Anna Smajdor, Lecturer and Researcher in Biomedical Ethics, Norwich Medical School
  • Darian Meacham, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of the West of England

Friday 17 June


S65 Symposium: Children’s participation in clinical studies

Fintry Room

Assistant Director Katharine Wright is speaking at this event which explores approaches and challenges to the greater participation of children in clinical research. Katharine’s talk will draw on the conclusions of the Council’s report and she will be speaking alongside:

  • Leonardo DeCastro, Markus Labude and Victor Cole from the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore
  • Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai from the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the National Taiwan University


S40 Symposium: Ethics and regulation of global beauty practises and procedures

Pentland Auditorium

This symposium is drawn from the Beauty Demands project, which the Council was a partner of, bringing together academics from across disciplines with practitioners and artists to consider the ‘Changing Requirements of Beauty’. Our Director Hugh Whittall is chairing this session, and Assistant Director Katharine Wright is presenting on the role of policy makers with respect to cosmetic procedures. This session features contributions from Heather Widdows, Jean McHale and Herjeet Marway from the University of Birmingham.

Deliberative workshop on cosmetic procedures

On Friday, the Council will hold a deliberative workshop with around 30 young people to discuss questions arising out of its current work on ethical issues relating to cosmetic procedures. The discussion at this event will form part of the evidence which will be considered by the Council’s Working Party on cosmetic procedures. (Please note this event is for schools only and is not open for conference delegates).

Exhibition stand
Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 June
Find us in the exhibition area during break and lunch times (Stand 2).

Comments (1)

  • Hilary Sutcliffe   

    What a pity it seems to be all academics. Couldn't the conference get some different voices on there, seems very narrow to me. Isn't what you go on about all the time the need to involve society, and yet in the big conference I don't see any outsiders at all. Sorry!!!

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