Empirical Bioethics - Two Day Training Course

29 May 2019, 9.00 AM - 30 May 2019, 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, designed as an introduction for those 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)

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

Feedback from the 2018 course

"A really useful course - I don't think I could have obtained the same knowledge or understanding even from hours of reading the literature!"

"An incredibly useful course that not only provides the expertise and understanding needed for those using empirical bioethics approaches to ethical enquiry, but also 'space' to allow the thinking, collaborating and exploring that is vital to those practicing in this field"

"This was an excellent 2 days to take at the beginning of my fellowship.  I leave with a much clearer sense of the history of the EB field, the development of methodologies, and feel more confident about deciding on the most appropriate methods for my project.  I am leaving full of enthusiasm and ready to go"

"Attending this course has been an absolutely brilliant opportunity to learn from great researchers and peers"

Registration for this course is now open.  Click here to book a place.



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