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The Ethox Centre is pleased to announce the call for papers for the second biennial Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference. The conference will be held from 17th – 18th July 2017 at Keble College, University of Oxford.

Conference Focus

The ethical issues involved in the practice of Global Health initiatives and research are increasingly the subject of public and scholarly debate. These discussions have, however, tended to be dominated by a focus on particular diseases or interventions in certain locations and often with specific views of what constitutes ethics. Debate has also tended to be limited by insufficient engagement between different disciplinary approaches to this subject.

The Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference takes place every two years and addresses critically important ethical issues in the conception and implementation of Global Health.  It aims to foster comprehensive multi-disciplinary debate moving beyond the parameters of disease, interventions and locations to attend to and engage with the many over-arching ethical concerns which characterise Global Health policy, practice and research.


Conference registration is now closed.

To book accommodation at the conference venue please click here and use the promotional code: ETHOX2017

Conference Themes

The conference themes include, but are not limited to, the ethical issues involved in the following topics:

  • Practical ethical issues in public health emergencies
  • The ethics of research collaboration in emergencies
  • Ethical issues for front line research staff
  • What does it mean to participate/engage/volunteer and be involved in global health?
  • Implications of these different types of engagements
  • The use of new and existing forms of technologies in the conduct of global health
  • Mapping, tracking and Big Data
  • Migration
  • Collective regional and global responsibilities
  • Geographical factors in research ethics
  • The value and limits of the concept of vulnerability
  • Vulnerability and agency
  • Research with ‘vulnerable groups’
  • Data sharing
  • The sharing of samples
  • Biobanking in low-income settings


Please click here for the conference programme

Information for presenters:

All talks in the plenary and parallel sessions are 25 minutes in total. We would expect speakers to talk for approximately 20 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions at the end.

Audio visual equipment will be available in all rooms. Please upload your slides as early as possible on the day of your talk. If you have any media content such as video or animation, please contact a member of the conference organising team in plenty of time beforehand, so that we can check compatibility with the system.

Posters must be printed in portrait format on A0 sized paper (height 1189mm, width 841mm).
Please bring posters to the registration desk before 9:20am on the first day.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the conference, please email or telephone 01865 287887.

Forthcoming events

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