Previous public lectures

Over the years, the Council has invited a number of distinguished guest speakers to give international and multi-disciplinary perspectives on bioethics issues of their choice. Our public lectures are free to attend and open to anyone.

2015 – In conversation with Dr Amy Gutmann

Hosted by Dr Geoff Watts, Council member, science writer and broadcaster.

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Dr Amy Gutmann is Chair, US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, President and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania




2014 – Bioethics in 2025: what will be the challenges?

Annual lecture 2014 300Professor Deborah Bowman, Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St. George’s, University of London

Dr Sarah Chan, Research Fellow in Bioethics, University of Manchester

Dr Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford

Dr Gill Haddow, Senior Research Fellow, Science Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh

2013 – Freedom of speech, scientific freedom and public safety: a two pipe problem with a dual remedy solution

John Harris 2013Professor John Harris, Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester





2012 – Are global health policies good for public health in developing countries?

Dr Amar Jesani, Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics and Trustee of trustee of Anusandhan Trust

2011 – Broadening bioethics: clinical ethics, public health and global health

Baroness Onora O’Neill CBE FBA, Department of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

2010 – Whose potbelly is it anyway? Ethics, obesity and public health

Professor Inez de Beaufort, Professor of Health Care Ethics at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam

2009 – New genetic recipes: are we cooking up trouble with synthetic biology?

Dr Thomas H Murray, President and CEO of The Hastings Center, US

2008 – The ranking of values as a basis for ethical decision making

Professor Göran Hermerén, Chair of the European Group on Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Lund

2005 – Equity and health: A bioethics agenda for the next decade

Professor Norman Daniels, Harvard School of Public Health, USA

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