The Council organises and takes part in a number of conferences and events to raise awareness of its work and promote debate of the issues considered in its reports.

Recent events

CRISPR… Should there be limits on genome editing?

Barcelona, Spain, 25 May 2017

Assistant Director Peter Mills is a speaker at this event, organised by Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation – find out more / register to attend.

European Congress of Research Ethics Committees

Barcelona, Spain, 17-19 May 2017

Senior Research Officer Kate Harvey is speaking in a panel session on ‘Research in vulnerable populations. The participation of children in the RECs’ – find out more.

Editorial aspirations: human integrity at the frontiers of biology

Harvard, US, 26-28 April 2017

Assistant Director Peter Mills was a speaker and panellist at this event, which was organised by the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University.

AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, US, 16 – 20 February 2017

Director of Council Hugh Whittall presented two posters during this event, about genome editing and debates about naturalness in science, medicine and technology. Hugh also participated in the AAAS seminar on Friday 17 March on The Ethics of Gene Editing: Should Concerns Beyond Safety Matter in Science Policy?, organised by The Hastings Center as part of a day of discussion on the social and policy implications of gene editing.

Bioethics: its role in public policy

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ 25th anniversary event took place on 14 November at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

The event brought together perspectives from Parliament, Government, media and other sectors to reflect on how issues in bioethics are an important part of debates and decision making in different policy and public environments; how these issues are discussed and debated; and how they can influence society in different ways.


  • Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs, Science Museum Group
  • Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE – Chair of the Human Tissue Authority and Director of External Affairs for the Medical Research Council
  • Mark Robertson, Director, Science Policy Compass Ltd
  • The Earl of Selborne GBE FRS DL, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
  • Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Speaker requests

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Members of the Council, Working Parties and Secretariat are available to speak at conferences, seminars or events on a range of bioethics topics. Contact us on to find out more.

Public lectures

The Council holds occasional public lectures, where a guest speaker is invited to give a perspective on a bioethics issue of their choice. Our public lectures are free to attend and open to anyone. Find out about our previous public lectures, recordings are available for most of our recent events.

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