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Early Career Researchers in Bioethics: Call for Expressions of Interest

• Are you an early career researcher (e.g. PhD candidate) working in the field of bioethics? • Would you like to meet with other early career colleagues from across Europe?

By lorrainep · April 25, 2022

Early career researchers are the future. This is true of all academic fields of research, including the broad field of bioethics.
EACME has long endeavoured to support early career researchers, including through its conference and other activities. EACME recognises that, in these pandemic years, early career researchers will have had fresh challenges to overcome, less chance to present and discuss their work, and also fewer opportunities simply to meet and talk with their colleagues, both in their home country and around the world.

We are delighted that there will be such opportunities at our forthcoming conference in Varese this coming September. However, we also appreciate that not everyone will be able to attend – and that September is some months away! EACME therefore proposes to host an online meeting this June for early career researchers.

Would you like to take part in an online meeting of early career researchers in bioethics?
We expect to run this first webinar/meeting in approx. June. We will confirm the date after we have heard from people who are interested in taking part.
We will finalise the details in the near future, but anticipate the meeting will last up to two hours and is likely to include:
• The opportunity to meet with colleagues from EACME centres;
• For those who wish to do so, the chance to briefly present what you are working on;
• Discussion of areas of shared interest and common challenges encountered, not least during the pandemic and other challenging global events;
• Discussion of further ways that EACME, and its broad network, might be able to further support early career researchers in bioethics.
We currently anticipate running one virtual meeting in the coming months but, if there is sufficient demand, we would be happy to explore the option of running future events or other initiatives.

Who is hosting the meeting?
This first proposed webinar/meeting will be hosted by colleagues at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol, UK, with input from other EACME colleagues. The Bristol Centre has a thriving postgraduate research culture: it will be hosting the UK’s Postgraduate Bioethics Conference this coming July (details here), and is currently running a project, BRIDGES:BKY, with colleagues in Japan and Korea, which is focused on early career researchers in bioethics. The Bristol organisers of this meeting are Dani O’Connor and Richard Huxtable.

Who can take part in the meeting?
We are keen to meet with early career researchers who are working in the broad field of bioethics. This includes researchers working on bioethical questions in such disciplines as philosophy, the health sciences, the social sciences, law, theology, and many others. You may be undertaking a postgraduate course (such as an MSc, MA or PhD) or may have recently started in a position (for example, as a lecturer or post-doctoral researcher). We are not presently adding any strict requirements about the length of time you have been working or studying in the field. If you are interested, and consider yourself to be an early career researcher in bioethics, please register your interest (below).

How do I register my interest in taking part?
If you are interested in principle in joining such a webinar/meeting, please register your interest using the following MS Form: here. (This form will capture basic contact and geographical information, plus a little information about your areas of interest – we will currently only use this information to organise the webinar). Please aim to register your interest by or on Friday 13 May.

What language will the meeting use?
This meeting will be conducted in English. We are unfortunately not able to offer translation support at this meeting. However, we are open to exploring the possibility of future meetings in other languages, or with translation support, which would enable us to hear from more researchers from EACME centres.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please use the MS Form (in the link above) to contact us and ask any questions you might have, but, if you prefer, please feel free to email Dani O’Connor: do17934@bristol.ac.uk