National multidisciplinary seminar, University of Helsinki 26 – 27 September 2013

The Bioethics Institute to Finland Task Force organises an event that will draw together all interested parties to discuss the current state and future directions of bioethics in Finland. The focus is investigative rather than pragmatic, and emphasis will be placed on bioethical research conducted in universities, research institutes, ministries, non-governmental organisations, and committees.

Our international keynote speaker will be Professor Norman Daniels from Harvard University, with presentations on resource allocation in health care and justice more generally.

The seminar will culminate in a panel discussion on the possibility of founding a national institute of investigative bioethics. The institute would stimulate the progress of academic bioethics in Finland and provide a framework for further developments in the field.

Participation in the seminar is free – there is no admission fee. The languages of the event are Finnish and English. The seminar runs from 1 pm on Thursday 26 September to 1 pm on Friday 27 September.

The deadline for registrations is 31 May. Please let us know if

a) you wish to present a paper on your research in bioethics in the seminar (15+5 minutes) – in this case, please send us an abstract of max. 300 words, or if

b) you want to participate and be added on our seminar mailing list.

The speakers will be contacted in June, and the detailed program will be completed and publicised by the end of August.

Seminar news can be followed at

Please send abstracts and registrations to:
johanna.ahola-launonen [[at)]

The Bioethics Institute to Finland Task Force are:

Professor Matti Häyry, Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy of Law, University of Manchester, UK
Dr Tuija Takala, Adjunct Professor and Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Helsinki
MA Heikki Saxén, Doctoral Researcher, University of Tampere
MSSc Johanna Ahola-Launonen, Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

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