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Published: 30 July 2015

International Care Ethics Observatory 2015 Conference Feedback

This July saw the first International ICE Observatory Ethics in Care Conference here at the University of Surrey.  Held over two (thankfully rain free) days, the theme was The Future of Ethics in Care.

‘Ethics is at the heart of care, I feel we are on the brink of something which could fizzle to nothing if not embedded into practice – HERE IS OUR MOMENT!’

We were very honoured and excited to have Professor Joan Tronto from the University of Minnesota as our keynote speaker.  Her lecture entitled ‘Making the Marginal Central; Care Ethics and Relational Thinking’ was extremely well received with several delegates citing this as the highlight of the conference.

We were overwhelmed to have received almost 100 abstracts from over 25 countries with parallel sessions scheduled throughout both days of the conference.

‘Much was learnt from the international speakers and it was refreshing to learn about international challenges of care delivery.’

‘Lots of ideas/concepts and new thinking for reflection.’

With representatives from the worlds of nursing, politics, professional codes and veterinarian medicine to name but a few, the expert plenary panels were enlightening and helped in providing new insights and ways of thinking about ethics within a wide swathe of professions and topics.

‘Fascinating collection of multi-disciplinary people, all of which had something to say.’

Incorporated within the conference was the presentation of the annual Human Rights Awards.  The 2015 recipients were William Pooley and Eileen Greene., the official conference dinner was catered by the team in the beautiful setting of the Lakeside restaurant on the university campus.  Guests were treated to an amusing before dinner speech by Harry Cayton CBE, the Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Agency, giving his own take on the world of ethics.

‘Really enjoyed the dinner – great opportunity for chatting with others.’

‘Great networking, I made lots of interesting and valuable contacts.’

The organisers were pleased to learn that 100% of delegates answered that the conference would have some impact on their practice;

‘The conference has introduced a heightened awareness of the ethical issues effecting research.’

‘I’ve had more useful and interesting conversations here than at any other conference I’ve attended in some time. Thanks!’

A lot was learnt and moving forward we are very much looking forward to next year’s conference which will be hosted by our colleagues at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil on 14th and 15th September with the theme of ‘Human Rights and Care.’