30 Jul 2007 - 31 Jul 2007 All day King s College


The Wellcome Trust 2nd Annual Postgraduate Conference in Bioethics

Why Bioethics?

Our research in context

King's College, Cambridge 


This two-day conference will bring together postgraduate researchers from different disciplines, including the humanities, and the social, natural and medical sciences, to explore the bioethical foundations and implications of their research.

Building on the great success of last year's inaugural meeting at the University of Birmingham, this year we aim again to create an intensely interactive forum, in which junior and senior researchers with different areas of interest (including reproduction, mental disorders, genomics and pharmacogenetics to mention a few) can come together to discuss the way in which they engage with questions of bioethics, as they arise within their work.

Postgraduate papers will be preceded by plenary presentations, in which leading academic researchers will provide insights into their work, and, by considering the particular theoretical and methodological approaches they have drawn upon, stimulate a broad discussion of the foundations upon which bioethics research is built, the development of coherent future research agendas, and methods of engagement with policy makers, the media and the public.

    * The conference is fully funded, so there is no fee for delegates
    * Places are limited to 30 postgraduate students, of which 15 will be reserved for those giving presentations
    * Accommodation at King's College, Cambridge, and all meals, will be provided (we are unable to cover travel expenses)

Plenary Speakers:

Professor Ruth Chadwick
Professor of Bioethics and Director of CESAGen, University of Cardiff

Dr. Adam Hedgecoe
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Sussex

Professor Martin Johnson
Professor of Reproductive Sciences, University of Cambridge

Dr. Ilina Singh
Wellcome Trust University Lecturer in Bioethics and Society, BIOS Centre, LSE

Professor Bobbie Farsides
Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Postgraduate Papers:

We welcome a broad range of empirical or theoretical papers. Titles and abstracts (250 words maximum) should be submitted by the 30th April, 2007.

Please complete the registration form below, tick the box on the form to indicate that you are submitting an abstract, and state your title. Please send your completed registration form, with your abstract (on a separate word document, with title also stated) to Mikey Dunn (mcd30@cam.ac.uk).

Places are limited, and will be offered to those postgraduates presenting papers first. However places will be available to non-presenting delegates. Those submitting abstracts not selected for presentation will be given priority. Any remaining places will be available on a first come, first served basis. These places must be booked by the 31st May 2007.


We would like to thank the following people for the use of their photographic images:

    * Dr Freda Miller, Developmental and Stem Cell Research, The Hospital for Sick Kids (http://www.sickkids.ca)
    * Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (http:/ /www.addenbrookes.org.uk/about/foundation/index.html)
    * Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun (photograph of Dr Douglas Kerr, John Hopkins Hospital, June 21st, 2006, see http://www.baltimoresun.com/news )

Organising Committee:

    * Mikey Dunn (Department of Psychiatry)
    * Zeynep Gurtin-Broadbent (Centre for Family Research)
    * Jonathan Ives (Centre for Biomedical Ethics, University of Birmingham)
    * Jessica Wheeler (Department of Psychiatry)


This event has been kindly supported by:

    * The Wellcome Trust
    * King's College Cambridge
    * CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Science and Humanities, University of Cambridge)


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk