How are Council members selected?

The Council has developed an open and transparent process for selecting new members.

The Council is a deliberative body and aims to maintain a wide range of expertise across the fields of science, medicine, social science, philosophy and law. Members serve on the Council for three years, with the possibility of an additional three-year term.

When vacancies arise, the Council advertises for new members in the national press, through its widely-distributed newsletter and on this website. The Council’s Membership Subgroup considers and makes recommendations to the Council on future members selected from the respondents to the advertisements.

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • If professionally engaged in bioethics and/or biomedicine, members should be nationally or internationally recognised in their field, or show the potential for being so;
  • Must be able to demonstrate an interest in bioethics;
  • Must be willing to contribute to bioethical debate in an open and constructive manner;
  • Must be prepared and able to work with others;
  • Must have good skills in analysis and communication.

The Council aims to achieve an appropriate balance as regards gender and ethnic background. Members do not receive remuneration, but reasonable travel expenses are paid.

The Chair of the Council is appointed by the Nuffield Foundation, after consultation with the Council’s other funders.

Expressions of interest

The Council wishes to maintain a pool of suitable candidates with the appropriate background, skills and experience to assist in the Council’s deliberations. We would particularly welcome expressions of interest from physicians, scientists, teachers, lawyers, people with experience of media relations and health management, and those with a background in philosophy and ethics. Expressions of interest are also welcomed from people with other skills and experience relevant to the Council.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Council, please send a short statement of interest accompanied by a curriculum vitae to:

The Director
Nuffield Council on Bioethics
28 Bedford Square,
London WC1B 3JS
Tel: 020 7681 9619

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