The 30th conference of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME)

Last modified: May 21, 2017

by Nannan Yi

During September 8-10, the 30th Annual European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) conference ‘30 years of European Bioethics’ was organized by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, KU Leuven in Belgium.

Over 200 participants from all over the world attended the conference. 7 plenary sessions and 26 parallel sessions were organized on topics such as organizational ethics in health care, ethics in care for older people. The research integrity sessions were specifically interesting for me. We had 16 presenters from the UK, Romania, Sweden, Demark, Italy, the Netherlands, etc. All the presenters shared their efforts and achievements with regard to the promotion of the culture of research integrity, the training of researchers and the handling of research misconduct in their institutions and countries. I was impressed by the facts that various efforts had been made in different regions to discourage research misconduct and that some projects were in progress to enhance research integrity from the international perspective.

In addition to gaining insight in what has been investigated in other regions, I also had the opportunity to present what our group at KU Leuven has studied concerning biomedical research integrity in China, and got several quite inspiring comments from the audience.
In short, the conference in Leuven was a success. As an annual international conference, the EACME expects to welcome us in Barcelona in 2017. I hope to be able to attend the event and I’m looking forward to meeting more follow researchers active in research ethics.


Nannan Yi is a PhD-candidate at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, KU Leuven, Belgium


Responsibility and integrity in research’ is again on the agenda of the EACME conference. Deadline for abstract submission is March 1st, 2017.

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