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The first biennial Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference will be held from 28-29th September, 2015 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 will address 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 Themes

The programme for the conference will be built around the ethical issues involved in the following topics:


  • Implications for working in Partnerships, and Networks
  • Data-sharing
  • Authorship and ownership of data



  • What does it mean to participate/engage/volunteer and be involved in global health?
  • Implications of these different types of engagements

The geographies of Global Health

  • Where does global health happen?
  • What are the ethical implications for where global health takes place?
  • Implications for distinctions between local and global

Technologies in Global Health

  • The use of new and existing forms of technologies in the conduct of global health

Interventions and research on infectious diseases

  • The ethical issues involved in a range of infectious diseases

Methodological approaches

  • Implications for methodological approaches used to generate data and evidence in global health
  • Methods used to examine ethics in global health

Research on children/Children in research

Do children raise specific ethical issues in the conduct of research? If so, what are they and for whom?

Conference Registration and Accommodation

Please register for the conference by following this link: conference registration

The deadline for registrations is 14 August 2015 and the cut-off date for the early-bird discount is 19 June.

Accommodation is not included in the registration package.  You can book and pay for accommodation at the conference venue by following the link below and entering the conference code in the field marked ‘Promotional Code’

Accommodation booking

Conference code: OBGHBC

Please book your accommodation as early as possible, as we cannot guarantee availability. 






Further Information

Richard Doll seminars


Click here to go to the home page of the Richard Doll Seminars in public health and epidemiology.