Workshop: The Concept of Community in Bioethics

A call for participants in a satellite meeting of the 10th World Congress of Bioethics, Singapore on the 27TH JULY 2010, Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

The Wellcome Trust is pleased to invite applications for participation in a one-day meeting on the concept of community in bioethics. The meeting will explore different understandings of the concept of ‘community’ and the role it should play in normative decision making from different philosophical and cultural positions, using four case studies, two from the world of research ethics – biobanking and genomics research, and emergency health -related research – and two from the world of public health ethics – vaccination and resource allocation.

Whilst a particular focus of the meeting will be the different sets of assumptions that different conceptions of ‘community’ and its role carry and the implications of these assumptions, this meeting will also use ‘community’ as a focal point for broader discussions around the plurality of different approaches to doing normative bioethics.

Confirmed speakers
Dr Jane Kaye (University of Oxford)
Prof Terence Hua-Tai (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
Prof Aasim Ahmad (Aga Khan University, Pakistan)
Dr Adnan Hyder (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA)
Dr Angus Dawson (Keele University, UK)
Dr Hu Linying (Peking University Health Science Centre, China)
Dr Martin Wilkinson (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Prof Zhang, Ellen Y (Hong Kong Baptist University)

This meeting will be of interest to a wide range of researchers at all levels in contemporary bioethics, including those interested in biobanking and genomics research ethics, international research ethics, public health ethics, global health ethics, feminist scholarship and political philosophy. There are approximately 40 places available for this meeting.

There is no registration fee for the meeting.
All successful applicants will have one night’s accommodation in Singapore paid for by the Wellcome Trust. Up to 20 delegates from low/middle income countries and a small number of doctoral level students from higher income countries will also receive travel grants paying the full cost of travel to and from the meeting. Up to 20 other delegates from higher income countries will receive travel bursaries paying up to 50% of the cost of travel to and from the meeting.

It will not be possible to register for this event via the World Congress of Bioethics website. Application forms will be sent out to those expressing an initial interest in applying – expressions of interest should be sent to

The closing date for applications is 19th March 2010.

Delegates are of course welcome to take the opportunity to stay on in Singapore for the World Congress of Bioethics (28-31 July 2010) or any of its satellites. Delegates considering attending this meeting may be particularly interested in also attending the joint meeting of the
International Association of Bioethics (IAB)’s Public Health Ethics Network (InterPHEN) and the Philosophy and Bioethics Network, ‘Human Rights and Public Health Ethics’, on 26 July 2010.

Please note that registration for the World Congress of Bioethics and the InterPHEN/Philosophy and Bioethics Network meeting or any other satellites is handled separately by the organisers of those meetings and delegates wishing to register for those events should contact them directly.

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