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Abortion Conference 2017 The Anscombe Bioethics Centre will be hosting a day conference on Saturday, 18 February 2017, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, entitled 'Abortion, Disability and the Law'. The conference will examine the ethical, legal, social and psychological issues raised by abortion or childbirth following a diagnosis of foetal anomaly.

Please click here to register (£20; £10 concession) for the conference.

If you have any enquiries please contact Gwen McCourt ( / 01865 610 212).

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 for further information.

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 hosted an international day conference on "Euthanasia and Assisted Dying: Lessons from Belgium" on Saturday 1st November.

A report, and video interviews are now available. The report is available here, a press release here, and three video interviews conducted on the day are available here.

Participants included consultant physicians and academics from Belgium and elsewhere:
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.

Professor Nicanor Austriaco OP, Reserach Fellow for 2013/2014, visited the Centre in April/May 2014. The focal point of his visit was a day conference on Human Nature: Biology, Theology and Ethics.

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.

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.

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.

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 here 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