PGBC 2019

Swansea University


Abstract submission
now open

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)

Professor John Harris (Manchester)

Professor Sally Holland (Children's Commissioner for Wales)

Abstract submission

Deadline for abstracts: Thursday 11th April 2019

Notification: no later than Thursday 6th June 2019

We welcome two kinds of contributions…

Oral presentations: We invite those wishing to present papers to submit abstracts of not more than 200 words on a topic of their choice within the themes of the conference. Please include three keywords.

Papers will be selected from the abstracts by the conference organising committee.

Works in progress are encouraged.

Visual representations: Static visual representation – for example a poster, annotated photograph, or painting representing work within the broad theme of Intergenerational Bioethics.

Abstracts should describe the themes and format of the piece in not more than 200 words. Work must be suitable for presentation on a vertical board.

Visual works will be available to view at lunch and coffee breaks, with a prize to be awarded at the end of conference reception.

Click here to submit an abstract.


Registration opens: Monday 13th May 2019

Attendance at the is free for those awarded a bursaried place, subject to refundable £50 deposit. Successful applicants for a bursary will have their registration, accommodation and meals (including a conference dinner) covered. We expect that as in previous years, competition for funded places will be high. Early application is advised.

There may be a limited number of self-funded places available once bursaries have been awarded. For more information please contact: info@postgradbioethics.com