Empirical Bioethics - Two Day Training Course

9 May 2018, 9.00 AM - 10 May 2018, 5.00 PM

Course organiser: Dr Jonathan Ives

Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS

The Centre for Ethics in Medicine is offering a two day training course in empirical bioethics, primarily aimed at early career researchers (PhD students, post-doctoral researchers) who are undertaking, or wish to learn more about undertaking, empirical bioethics research.

This course will help you to

  • Understand the development of empirical bioethics;
  • Critically engage with key challenges involved in undertaking empirical bioethics research;
  • Critically engage with key epistemological and meta-ethical debates in empirical bioethics;
  • Develop your awareness and understanding of a range of empirical bioethics methodologies;
  • Apply methodological insights to your own work. 


  • £420 (including lunches and refreshments)

 Speakers include

  • Dr Jonathan Ives
  • Prof Richard Huxtable
  • Prof Jackie Leach Scully
  • Dr Michael Dunn
  • Dr Giles Birchley

We will cover the following topics (exact programme tbc)

  • Group work:  challenges and questions
  • Introduction to empirical bioethics - what is it and why do we need it?
  • Methods in empirical bioethics: dialogical vs. consultative
  • Stories from the field (Presentations from EB researchers, giving personal accounts of how they went about developing their own EB research)
  • Interdisciplinarity:  Essential component or necessary evil?
  • Empirical rigour in empirical bioethics
  • Planning an empirical bioethics project: key questions
  • Planning your empirical bioethics project: Individual and group work
  • Presenting empirical bioethics research – standards and challenges
  • Q&A with presenters

Registration is now open via the University of Bristol Online Shop


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With Michael Dunn and Jonathan Ives, co-editors of 'Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives'

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