PGBC 2019

Swansea University, Singleton Campus


The 2019 Postgraduate Bioethics Conference will take place at Swansea University, on the theme: ‘Intergenerational Bioethics’.

This conference will take place on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th September 2019.

Intergenerational Bioethics

Longer lifespans, changing patterns in birth and parenting, technological advances, stretched resources... each of these current trends means that relationships between the generations pose pressing challenges in the field of health. PGBC2019 welcomes treatments of the widest range of inter-generational questions, as they apply to bioethics.

Inter-generational themes arise along three main axes:

(i) The relationship between the interests and rights of younger and older people within the current population.

(ii) The relationship between currently living people and the dead.

(iii) The relationship between currently living people and those yet to be born.

All three resonate with bioethics in topical ways – from pregnancy to euthanasia, organ donation to care relations, genetic screening and data usage to climate change – and across the spheres of professional decision-making. They highlight the delicacy of our weighing of the interests of the young, the old, the dead and future generations. Focusing on different generations raises specific questions about wider-ranging values and concepts: consent, capacity, respect, dignity, equality, sustainability. But it does this in ways that often unsettle conventional assumptions, and require fresh critical engagement with how such values apply. Inter-generational issues thus apply across the landscape of bioethics

Keynote speakers

Professor Martha Fineman (Emory) will speak on vulnerability and justice.

Professor John Harris (Manchester) will speak on intergenerationality and ethics.

Professor Sally Holland (Children's Commissioner for Wales) will speak on future generations.

Panel Debate

The discussion will centre on which is the greater duty - to future or existing generations (where they are in tension).

Invited speakers will join us from a number of centres including the Centre for Innovative Ageing and the Wales Observatory on Children’s Rights. 


'Disrupting Cultures in Academia'  will be run by the Director of Student Services and Director of Continuing Education for Swansea University, with ECR facilitators. It will focus on empowering PGs and ECRs to have the ‘difficult conversations’ around asking for support, creating positive working culture, and development. It is a collaborative session run in small groups.

‘Publishing and Reviewing’ will be run by TBC.

‘Funding’ will be led by Paul Woodgate (Wellcome) and a member of the Swansea Research and Innovation bids team.

These sessions aim to provide practical advice and support, from peers as much as those leading the sessions. 

Parallel Sessions

These will run three or four at a time, allowing 20-25mins per speaker including questions. 

Abstract Notification

Decisions have now been communicated. If you have not yet heard, please get in touch.


Registration has now closed.

Travel Bursaries

Applications for travel bursaries have now closed.

Conference Dinner

Monday night's conference dinner will be at a restaurant in Swansea marina. 

Schedule (subject to change)

Day 1:
10-10.30 Registration/coffee (poster set up)
10.30-10.45 Welcome 
10.50-11.50 Workshop 1 
11.55- 12.55 Parallel sessions 1 
12.55- 13.45 Lunch (poster set up)
13.50- 14.50 Parallel sessions 2 
14.50- 15.50 Keynote 1
15.50-16.20 coffee and poster viewing
16.25-17.30 Keynote 2
Check in at (on campus) accommodation 
19.30 Dinner (venue TBC)

Day 2:
09.30-10.00 Coffee/active start 
10.05- 11.05 Workshop 2 
11.10-12.00 Parallel sessions 3
12.00-12.50 Lunch and poster viewing
13.00-14.00 Keynote 3 
14.05-15.05 Workshop 3 
15.05-15.20 Coffee 
15.20-16.20 Panel debate
16.20-16.30 Closing address
16.30 Optional social activity- Taliesin Arts Centre

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