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Innovating at the Frontiers: The Postgraduate Bioethics Conference 2014

Published: 6 October 2014

HEAL PGRs Alexander Chrysanthou and Emma Nottingham recently hosted the 8th Annual Postgraduate Bioethics Conference at the University of Southampton. The Conference theme was ‘Health Law and Bioethics at the Frontiers of Innovation’. The two-day event was attended by a range of national and international students and academics from different disciplines, including philosophy, law, sociology, humanities, medicine and biomedical science.

Emma and Alex commented, “We were thrilled to organise the conference this year. We can report that the PGR bioethics community is alive and vibrant!”

In addition to a range of high quality papers produced by the PGRs in attendance, a number of excellent keynotes were delivered by experts in the field of bioethics, including Professor Bobbie Farsides, Professor John Harris and Professor John Bryant. Two insightful workshops were run – one led by Professor Jonathan Montgomery on ‘Bioethics in Practice’, while the second focused on ‘Publishing in Bioethics’ and featured a panel made up of journal editors Professor Ruth Chadwick, Dr Sara Fovargue, and Professor David Hughes, chaired by Professor John Coggon. The conference organisers were delighted that both Paul Woodgate from the Wellcome Trust and Phil Greenwood from the Institute of Medical Ethics were able to attend, and for Paul’s dedicated session on Wellcome Trust funding avenues.

We would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Wellcome Trust, the Society of Applied Philosophy, the Analysis Trust and the Southampton Ethics Centre. Emma and Alex would also like to extend their gratitude to the members of HEAL, Southampton Law School and the Director of Postgraduate Research, John Coggon, for their academic support.

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