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Not a UNESCO Bioethics Ireland event but UBI was represented in the Royal Irish Academy event on ‘Gene Editing: Technologies, Potential and Ethical Implications’

Oliver Feeney (UBI, NUIG) joined Dr Siobhán O’Sullivan (Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics and Law, RCSI; former Chief Bioethics Officer, Dept. of Health), Dick Ahlstrom (author and former Science Editor of The Irish Times) and Dr Derick Mitchell (Chief Executive of the Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry) on a discussion panel regarding the ethical issues to be considered in the context of emerging gene editing technologies. For the details of the day, please see RIA Genome Editing Conference Programme.

For an interesting recent Irish Times article on the panel topic by Dick Ahlstrom, please go here.



COST Action IS1303 (CHIPME) Final Conference, September 4-6 2017 (Aula Maxima, Quadrangle, NUI Galway) – for more details, go here.


Roundtable workshop & public lecture (NUI Galway: 25th May 2017)

Room AM205, Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway (Building 13 on map)

  • 14.00-15.50: Roundtable workshop on exchanging information on participants’ bioethical-related work & on the needs of the bioethics community in Ireland – invited participants but expressions of interest welcome [contact]
  • Outline of roundtable workshop [Tea/Coffee/nibbles will be available in the room]
    • Maureen O’Sullivan (School of Law) ‘Patents, morality, biotech inventions and a role for participatory democracy’ – short presentation followed by discussion
    • Su-Ming Khoo (School of Political Science and Sociology) ‘Bioethics, public ethics and collective capabilities’ – short presentation followed by discussion
    • Oliver Feeney (UNESCO Bioethics Ireland, COBRA) ‘Electronic health records and vulnerable migrants in Europe: the need for developing an ELSI guided response’ – short presentation followed by discussion
    • General discussion on other topics raised and projects highlighted from participants, discussion of the needs of the bioethical community in Ireland (education, research, public engagement) and future plans of UNESCO Bioethics Ireland.
  • 16.00-16.30: Unesco Bioethics Ireland Steering Committee meeting (SC members plus invited)

Bridge Room 1001, First Floor, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway. (see Building 12 on map)

  • 17.00-18.00: Dónal O’Mathúna ‘Evidence-based humanitarian work and research ethics’ (open to public, followed by drinks reception) – for more information see here




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Recent event: One-day symposium on Irish bioethics (World Bioethics Day), 10am – 4.15pm, 19th October 2016, NUI Galway

UNESCO Bioethics Ireland (Irish unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics) is organised a one day symposium on Irish bioethics as part of a series of international events marking ‘World Bioethics Day’ on the 19th October 2016. The events marked the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights by the 33rd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on the 19th of October 2005.

The symposium consisted of a series of presentations on the following topics:

  • The role of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics: current challenges in the Irish context.
  • Bioethics in Northern Ireland: possible implications of Brexit on research and regulation on the island of Ireland.
  • Training needs for research ethics committees.
  • Ethical governance in healthcare.
  • The Cultural Context of Developing Science Policy; Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Ireland.
  • Acts, Omissions, and Assisted Death: Some Reflections on the Marie Fleming Case.
  • Human Enhancement and the Quest for Hyperagency.
  • Genetics and society: ethics, justice and changing beliefs.

The event was opened by Professor Pat Dolan (UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement, NUI Galway) and speakers included: Professor David Smith (RCSI), Dr Tom Walker (Queens University Belfast), Dr Heike Felzmann (NUI Galway), Dr Louise Campbell (NUI Galway and Clinical Ethics Ireland), Dr Gemma Moore (HSE), Annie McKeown O’Donovan (NUI Galway), Dr John Danaher (NUI Galway) and Dr Oliver Feeney (NUI Galway).

The event took take place in Seminar Room 203 (the original Moore Institute seminar room located near the Geography department), NUI Galway.

The final programme is available here.

Many thanks to all who attended! If you have left your email on the mailing list form, we will be shortly in touch. If you could not attend, but would wish to be on the mailing list, please get in touch.

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