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One-day symposium on Irish bioethics (World Bioethics Day)

When?: 10:00 – 16:15 (19th October 2016)
Where?: Seminar Room 203 (the original Moore Institute seminar room), NUI Galway


Provisional programme

10:00 – 10:30                     Welcome coffee (for all attendees)

10:30 – 11:00                     Welcome and introduction

  • Overview of UNESCO Bioethics Ireland (Oliver Feeney)
  • UNESCO: its role and impact in Ireland (Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement, NUI Galway)

11:00 – 12:00                    Panel 1

  • David Smith (RCSI): The role of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics: current challenges in the Irish context.
  • Tom Walker (QUB): Bioethics in Northern Ireland: possible implications of Brexit on research and regulation on the island of Ireland.
  • Discussion

12:00 – 13:00                     Panel 2

  • Heike Felzmann (NUIG): Training needs for research ethics committees
  • Louise Campbell (NUIG & Clinical Ethics Ireland): Ethical governance in healthcare.
  • Discussion

13:00 – 14:00                     LUNCH (own arrangements, followed by tea/coffee for all attendees)

14:00 – 15:00                     Panel 3

  • Gemma Moore (HSE): The Cultural Context of Developing Science Policy: Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Ireland.
  • Annie McKeown O’Donovan (NUIG): Acts, Omissions, and Assisted Death: Some Reflections on the Marie Fleming Case.
  • Discussion

15:00-16:00                         Panel 4

  • John Danaher (NUIG): Human Enhancement and the Quest for Hyperagency.
  • Oliver Feeney (NUIG): Genetics and society: ethics, justice and changing beliefs.
  • Discussion

16:00 – 16:15                     ‘UNESCO Bioethics Ireland’: what’s next? (Oliver Feeney)

16:15                                     Conference closes

Organised by UNESCO Bioethics Ireland, COBRA, Department of Philosophy and the Moore Institute.