PGBC 2019

Swansea University, Singleton Campus


Up-to-date details of parallel sessions are available here.

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.

Sally Holland (Children's Commissioner for Wales) will speak on children’s rights and intergenerational relations’.

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.

‘Peer Review’ will be run by Prof John Coggon.

‘Funding & Grant Support’ will be led by Paul Woodgate (Wellcome) and Richenda Leonard (Wales School for Social Care Research).

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 minutes per speaker including questions. The final schedule for parallel sessions is available here.


Monday 9th September:
09.45-10.15 Registration/coffee (visual presentation set up)
10.15-10.45 Welcome and Theme
10.50-11.50 Parallels 1 a,b,c
11.55-13.00 Keynote: Sally Holland, Children’’s Commissioner for Wales on ‘Children’s human rights and inter-generational relations: protection and participation in changing times’ 
13.00-13.50 Lunch (visual presentation viewing)
13.55-14.55 Parallels 2 a,b,c
15.00-16.00 Workshop: Paul Woodgate, Wellcome Trust & Richenda Leonard, Wales School for Social Care Research on ‘Funding & Grant Support’
16.00-16.30 Coffee
16.30-17.45 Keynote: Prof Martha Fineman, Emory University on ‘Why the vulnerable subject is an inherently intergenerational subject’

Check in at (on campus) accommodation 

19.00-19.30 Arrive at RiverHouse Restaurant, Swansea Marina
19.30 Dinner

After dinner social at Old Havana Bar

Tuesday 10th September:
09.15-09.30 Coffee
09.30-10.30 Workshop: Mark Jones & Kevin Child, Swansea University on ‘Disrupting (Workplace) Cultures’
10.35-11.35 Parallels 3 a,b,c
11.35-11.50 Coffee
11.50-12.50 Workshop: Prof John Coggon, Bristol University on ‘Peer Review’
12.50-13.40 Lunch (visual presentation viewing)
13.40-14.55 Keynote: Prof John Harris, Kings College London
15.00-16.00 Panel debate: ‘Where they are in tension, to whom do we owe the greater duty: previous/existing generations, or future ones?’
16.00 Closing remarks & drinks reception (announcement of PGBC 2020)

*Schedule subject to change. Major changes will be notified.

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