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The Anscombe Centre holds regular national and international conferences. Along with other educational events, the Anscombe Centre hosts a research seminar in Oxford and a forum for junior healthcare professionals and students in London.
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1st November 2014 - Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium
Euthanasia conference poster
In cooperation with KU Leuven, the Scottish Council for Human Bioethics and the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary's University, Twickenham, the Anscombe Centre will host an international day conference on "Euthanasia and Assisted Dying: Lessons from Belgium" on Saturday 1st November from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The cost is £45 (£20 concessions) including lunch. The poster is available here, and bookings can be made here.
Participants include consultant physicians and academics from Belgium.
Dr Benoit Beuselinck, Professor Raphael Cohen Almagor, Professor Chris Gastmans, Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick, Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, Professor David Albert Jones, Dr Trevor Stammers, Dr Kasper Raus, Professor Sigrid Sterckx, and Professor Stefaan Van Gool.



Friday 13th February 2015 - 6th Form RE conference
Euthanasia conference poster
This cross curricular (AQA, OCR, Edexcel) conference for sixth formers will focus on Natural Law, Virtue, and applying ethical theory to cases. Take-home materials/handouts will be available. In parallel with one conference session, RE/Philosophy staff will have the opportunity to join a masterclass/salon with Prof. John Finnis FBA and Professor David Albert Jones.

The conference poster is available here(14.6MB) and here(209KB).

10am – 4pm on Friday 13th February, at St Gregory the Great Catholic School, Oxford, OX4 3DR

Keynote and Teachers’ workshop:
Natural Law with Professor John Finnis

Sessions on:
Virtue Ethics with Professor David Albert Jones
Applied Ethics with Dr Helen Watt and Stephen Barrie

Cost: £10 per student, teachers free. This includes lunch & take-home materials. Places are limited so please register ASAP. Coach parking is available.

Please contact admin@bioethics.org.uk for further information.



21st October 2014 - Professor John Finnis FBA delivered the 5th Anscombe Memorial Lecture on "Body and Soul: on Anscombe's "royal road" to true belief"
Memorial Lecture poster
The lecture was held at 5pm on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at St John's College, Oxford. It was followed by a reception at 6.30pm at Blackfriars Hall. Poster available here
The event was recorded, and will be available on our YouTube channel in due course.

Dr Mary McMenamin delivered a paper to the Centre's Research Seminar on Monday 9th June.

Professor Nicanor Austriaco OP is the Anscombe Centre's Visiting Reserach Fellow during 2014, and visited the Centre in April/May. The focal point of his visit was a day conference on "Human Nature: Biology, Ethics, Theology" at which he presented some of his latest research. The event poster is available here

From January to March 2014 the Anscombe Centre provided a series of 6 lectures to medical and healthcare students in London. For more details, please contact David Jones at director@bioethics.org.uk

The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe.
On 27th and 28th September 2013 the Centre hosted a major international conference on the moral philosophy of GEM Anscombe, after whom the Centre is named, at St Hugh's College, Oxford. A volume of collected papers from this conference will be published in due course.

Participants included Christopher Coope, Dr Mary Geach, Prof Luke Gormally, Dr Edward Harcourt, Dr David Jones, Prof Anselm Müller, Dr Matthew O’Brien, Prof Thomas Pink, Prof Duncan Richter, Dr Roger Teichmann, Prof Jose Maria Torralba and Prof Candace Vogler.

Oxford Seminar
Monday 26th November 2012 6.30 - 8.30pm
Dr Joshua Hordern spoke on "Compassion in Healthcare". Please contact director@bioethics.org.uk for more information about the research seminars.

Ethics Forum Returns
On Wednesday 28th November the London Ethics Forum returned with a new format - two speakers, refreshments and food and a new venue - Newman House on Gower Street (The Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of London).
Bishop John Sherrington and Professor David Albert Jones delivered short papers, lead a short discussion and were available for questions from a lively crowd of participants. The topic of their papers were the medical care of those with learning difficulties, and how human dignity relates to how we should care for those with disabilities.

This session was open to students and healthcare professionals, and was free of charge.

Thinking Christian Ethos
Tuesday 30th October 2012

The Centre hosted a conference for school leaders and teachers on the place of Science, Ethics and Faith in Catholic Schools. The event was held at St Gregory's Catholic School, Oxford and was very well attended. For more information about this project please see the 'Education' tab above.

3rd Anscombe Memorial Lecture:
Most Rev Dr Anthony Fisher OP
15th October 2012

Bishop Fisher (Bishop of Parramatta) delivered the third Anscombe Memorial Lecture on: "Fair innings? Healthcare rationing in favour of the young over the elderly". A video recording of this paper is available on our Multimedia page (Resources>Multimedia).

Graduate Seminar on Double Effect

Monday 25 June 2012: A Seminar for graduate students on "Double Effect Reasoning" with Dr Roger Teichmann, University of Oxford and Professor Daniel Sulmasy, University of Chicago.
This took place at the Lady Brodie Room St Hilda's College, Oxford, from 3pm-6pm, co-sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre.

Conference:
Human Dignity in Healthcare
18th June 2012

Prof. Daniel P. Sulmasy delivered the keynote presentation at this international day conference. For the conference poster, click here. Podcasts and papers from the day will be made available in due course on our multimedia page and resource section respectively.


A video of our Professor Daniel Sulmasy's recent paper on "Evidence-based Bioethics: Myth or Reality?" is available on our website herehere and on the Centre's new Youtube channel.
For details of our recent symposium on the International Theological Commission document "In Search of a Universal Ethic" , Click here



Letter Published in The Times with 42 signatories

A letter on mitochondrial replacement was published in The Times on Wednesday 20th March 2013. It was written by the Centre's Director and had 42 signatories. The full text and list of signatories is available at the Times website and here.

Mitochondrial Replacement Consultation

Please see here for the Centre's press release, and here for the briefing.

General Medical Council (GMC) Consultation on Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice



Oxford Research Seminar: 6.30pm-8.30pm, 17 Beaunont St.
*Tuesday 6th March 2012 Dr Dominic Kelly "Ethics of Vaccines and Vaccination"
*Tuesday 8th May 2012: Catholic Perspectives on Organ Transplantation

Conference announcement:Human Dignity in Healthcare 18th June 2012

Prof. Daniel P. Sulmasy will deliver the keynote presentation at this international day conference. Click here to book your place.

Prof. Daniel Sulmasy is the Centre's Visiting Research Fellow for 2012, and will be involved in a number of events. He will deliver a lecture on "Evidence-based Bioethics: Myth or Reality?" at the Royal Sociey of Medicine on 20th June 2012, and will deliver the keynote lecture at a conference on "Human Dignity" in Oxford on 18th June 2012 ~(see above and herefor the poster). Please contact admin@bioethics.org.uk for further information about these events.

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Human Embryo Research: Law, Ethics and Public Policy. 9.30am - 5.30pm on Thursday 8th September 2011, at Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JF.
The conference poster, with information about the speakers, venue and concession rates, is available here.

Speakers included:
Christian Hillgruber, Professor of law in Bonn, Germany
Jean-René Binet, Professeur de droit privé à l'Université de Franche-Comté, France
Laura Palazzani, Professor of Philosophy of Law at Lumsa University, Rome, Italy
William Binchy, Regius Professor of Law at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK
Michael Hauskeller, Associate Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter, UK
Carter Snead, Professor of Law at Notre Dame, USA
Helen Watt, Senior Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK

Professor John Keown, of Georgetown University, an Anscombe Centre Visiting Research Fellow for 2010/2011, spoke in the House of Lords on 16th May on the topic of 'The Provision of Palliative Care: An Ethical and Legal Duty?'. For more information see HERE.

Our recent international conference on Double Effect conference was webcast live on Saturday 19th February here. To download the poster for this conference - click here. (handouts are available). We also hosted a small workshop on Double Effect on Friday 18th February, led by Prof. Joseph Boyle. Please see links on the left for further details.

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Professor Luke Gormally, Director Emeritus of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics (now the Anscombe Bioethics Centre) has been announced as the 2011 recipient of the Paul Ramsey Award of the Center for Bioethics and Culture (San Francisco). Previous recipients have been: Edmund Pellegrino (2004), Germain Grisez (2005), John Finnis (2006), William E May (2007), Albert Moraczewski OP (2008), Gilbert Meilaender (2009), Leon Kass (2010). The award banquet will be held on Friday 25th March in San Francisco. We wish him many congratulations. http://www.cbc-network.org/ramsey/winner.htm
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Please see the link for our press release on the Pope's statement on HIV and Condoms
ABC - Comment on the Pope's statement on HIV and Condoms
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Inaugural Anscombe Lecture by Sir Anthony Kenny
Sir Anthony Kenny, the distinguished philosopher and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, gave the first Annual Elizabeth Anscombe Memorial Lecture on 'The place of intention in ethics' on Monday 25th October. The lecture was sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and this first lecture formally marked the move of the Centre to Oxford. Founded in 1977 (originally known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics), the Anscombe Bioethics Centre is the longest established bioethics centre in the United Kingdom. It is seeking to work with Blackfriars in promoting academic research in medical ethics.