CFA: The 2018 Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (PGBC)

Posted on April 13, 2018 by

Great opportunity for MA and PHD students to share their work. See the CFA below (deadline is May 1st!):

The 2018 Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (PGBC) is hosted by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College LondonThe event will be held on the 23rd and 24th of July, 2018, at King’s College London’s Strand and Waterloo Campuses (situated in central London).


The PGBC is a two-day annual conference where Master’s and PhD students meet and share their bioethics research, as well as develop relevant skills for their academic and professional careers. Considering the multidisciplinary nature of this field of study, the PGBC welcomes postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds. As such, this call for abstracts is open to students working in bioethics from the perspectives of philosophy, law, medicine, sociology, and psychology, among many other academic disciplines.


This year, the theme of the conference will be Bioethics in the Public Square, focusing on debates within bioethics that extend into matters of political concern. These debates cover a wide range of topics relating to the construction of just societies, the boundaries of our political decisions, and the role bioethicists should play in liberal democracies. We welcome submissions related but not limited to the following topics:

  • Fair access to new biotechnologies

  • Justice in the allocation of medical resources

  • The exploitative potential of practices like surrogacy and organ trade

  • Clinical research in socially disadvantaged populations

  • The preservation of the environment

  • Conscientious objection in medical practice

  • Mandatory vaccination

  • Policy and population control

  • Biobanks and privacy

  • The role of experts in the legislation of bioethical matters

  • The composition and the extent of the authority of ethics committees

Students interested in presenting their research at the PGBC 2018 may do so with an Oral Presentation (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes discussion) or a Pecha Kucha Style Presentation (20×20: 20 slides/images, 20 seconds each – click here for more information).

To apply for participation as a presenter, students are required to submit an abstract (300 words max) on a topic related to the conference theme, and should indicate their preference for Oral Presentation or a Pecha Kucha Presentation. The online application system is open until  the 1st of May 2018.

Students interested in attending the conference without presenting may register to attend one or both days. Online registration is open until the 1st of May 2018

Thanks to the generous support of the Wellcome Trust and the King’s College London Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy Education Fund, there is no fee for presenting at or attending the conference.

We will also offer travel bursaries. Application will be open until the 1st of May 2018.

The PGBC 2018 organising committee would like to thank our generous sponsors: the King’s College London Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Faculty Education Fund, the Institute of Medical Ethics, and the Wellcome Trust.

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your abstracts and conference registrations!

The PGBC 2018 organising committee:

Giulia Cavaliere, Edgar Rene Ruiz Lopez, Sandra Loder, Dr Silvia Camporesi


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