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2022 ESPMH Conference in Warsaw

The new dates for the 34th ESPMH conference in Warsaw are 24 – 27 August 2022.

With a heavy heart but due to the persisting array of uncertainties accompanying the still ongoing COVID pandemic the ESPMH board and the hosts of the upcoming conference – Center for Bioethics and Biolaw and the Bioethics Committee at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences – have decided to postpone this year’s conference once more to next year.

  • New deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2022
  • New registration dates: 15 April 2022 (early bird); 1 June 2022 (regular registration)

NB: Participants whose abstract has already been accepted for the conference in Warsaw will be scheduled in the conference programme for August 2022. Registration fees already paid for the Warsaw conference will be valid for the 2022 conference.

The conference will focus on challenges posed by moral, religious and cultural diversity to healthcare, the life sciences and bioethics. More about the conference topics, venue, registration, and fees at the ESPMH web-site. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail to: Professor Bert Gordijn, Secretary of the ESPMH:

Webinar: Global bioethics after the Covid-19 pandemic – 27 August 2021

Save the date and join the discussion with world-renowned scholars on the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global bioethics, global health emergences governance, and human rights!

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Judit Sandor (CEU, Budapest, Hungary)
Prof. Henk ten Have (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA)

Find a detailed program in the attached webinar brochure.

Register for the webinar by clicking on the link: ON-LINE REGISTRATION is open till 23 August 2021!

Call for chapters for an edited book

We announce with greatest pleasure the call for chapters for an edited book on the topic “Social diversity and access to healthcare for minority groups in the context of hospital and clinical healthcare”.

Healthcare, understood as a medical space, is an excellent example of a public space that models the processes of social integration and social equity. In a general sense, healthcare can connect diverse groups of a society under the common idea of health and illness. However, depending on its organization, it can also influence societal segregation of minority groups.

The scope of the book will focus on the concept of diversity that includes aspects of ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation in the specific context of healthcare in hospitals and clinical institutions. The goal is to provide knowledge how access to healthcare for various minority groups is regulated in in statutes, internal documents, and guidelines of medical institutions, i.e. hospitals, clinics; and how it is implemented in medical practice. The contributions should focus on ethical, cultural, and normative aspects of integration and exclusion in context of hospital healthcare in Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, and Poland.

Authors in their contributions can focus on the following questions:

  • Do specific guidelines regarding dealing with diversity in hospital practice exist in hospital and clinical statutes, internal documents, and accreditation chapters?
  • To what degree and in what form such guidelines address the issue of social diversity in healthcare?
  • How these guidelines are implemented in practice?
  • To what degree European and national legal regulations on access to healthcare for minority groups are implemented in such guidelines?
  • What is the role of Clinical Ethics Committees in this process?

Interested contributors are invited to submit their applications consisting of a scientific abstract of the proposed chapter (up to 500 words) as well as a short academic resumé (both in English) until 15th of June 2020 in electronic form (Word or PDF) by e-mail to the coordinator of the book, Prof. Dr. Mojca Ramšak (). After review of submitted abstracts by the editors, chosen authors will receive an invitation to provide their manuscripts for the book. The manuscripts are expected to be submitted until 1stof October 2020.

Guideline for manuscripts:

  • Language of the manuscript: English
  • Font: Times New Roman or Arial, 12pt
  • Extent: 12 to 15 pages, including an abstract and references
  • Specific stylesheet for publication will be provided to the invited authors

All manuscripts will undergo a peer-review process. The book will be published by Karl Alber Verlag (Freiburg) in the series “Applied ethics – Medicine”.

International Conference:

“Legal regulations on diversity in healthcare in European countries: challenges for national legislation”

Date: March 4th and 5th, 2020
Place: Column Hall, Faculty of History, University of Warsaw
Organizers: Center for Bioethics and Biolaw, Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw in the collaboration with the Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Ulm University, the Institute of History of Medicine, University of Ljubljana and the Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka
Honorary Sponsors: Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland and Copernicus Science Centre

Healthcare, understood as a medical space, is an excellent example of a public space that models the processes of social integration and social equity. In a general sense, healthcare can connect diverse groups of a society under the common idea of health and illness. However, depending on its organization, it can also influence societal segregation of minority groups. Although the issues of minorities’ equality are central to European Institutions, European guidelines are mostly still not observed in the national legal regulations and healthcare practice.

The Conference intends to examine the implementation of norms and guidelines of the European Institutions concerning diversity and ethical, cultural, and social aspects of integration and exclusion within the healthcare sector in national legal frameworks of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland.

The Conference is held in the scope of the project HERA: Public Spaces. Culture and Integration in Europe (2019-2022) – „Healthcare as a Public Space: Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe.” This project has received funding frm the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.