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The Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference takes place every two years and addresses critically important ethical issues in the conception and implementation of global health.  It aims to foster comprehensive multi-disciplinary debate moving beyond the parameters of disease, interventions and locations to attend to and engage with the many over-arching ethical concerns which characterise global health policy, practice and research. 

Conference focus

The ethical issues involved in the practice of global health initiatives and research are increasingly the subject of public and scholarly debate. These discussions have, however, tended to be dominated by a focus on particular diseases or interventions in certain locations and often with specific views of what constitutes ethics. Debate has also tended to be limited by insufficient engagement between different disciplinary approaches to this subject. 

Dates and venue for 2019

With two successful conferences under our belt, we will be running our third conference on the 1-2 July 2019. The venue will again be Keble College, Oxford.

Conference themes 2019

The conference themes include, but are not limited to, the ethical issues involved in the following topics:

Urbanisation and global health
  • Ethical challenges to healthcare delivery and research in urbanised spaces including informal/'slum' environments
  • Engaging stakeholders and 'communities' in urbanised spaces
  • The urban and the rural
Obligations, responsibilities and governance
  • Ethical research and the ethical researcher
  • Research misconduct and integrity
  • Ethics committees and review
  • Ancillary care and other obligations
Medicines: Access and quality
  • Fake, substandard medicine and ethical issues in procuring, testing and dispensing/administering
  • Ethics of research into medical quality
Technologies and new research methods
  • Big data
  • Surveillance, modelling and mapping
  • Challenge studies
Global connectedness and collective action
  • Collaborations, partnerships and networks in global health
  • Collective action on areas of global health concern i.e. AMR
  • Data/sample sharing
Emergencies, epidemics and disasters
  • Ethical issues arising in response to emergencies
  • Ethics of research in global health emergencies
  • Community engagement in emergency research
Boundaries and barriers to global health
  • Migration/migrants
  • Equity of access to health services
Perspectives from communities of ethical practice in:
  • Research
  • Healthcare interventions and services
  • Science 

Abstract submission process

The deadline for abstract submissions has now passed.  

Travel bursaries and financial support

We have a limited fund available to provide partial support for delegates who are unable to obtain funding from their institution, to help with their accommodation costs and/or fees. This is intended for delegates from low and middle-income countries, and students. If you will not be able to attend without financial support, please ensure that you indicate your requirements on the abstract submission form. Requests received after the abstract submission deadline are unlikely to be successful, as the funds will already have been fully allocated.

The following types of support are available:

  • UK Students – discounted rate for conference fees
  • Students from high income countries outside of the UK – conference fee waiver (oral presentations) / discounted rate for conference fees (poster presentations)
  • Students and early career researchers* from LMICs – conference fee waiver and 3 nights of accommodation (oral presentations) / conference fee waiver (poster presentations)

*early career researchers are defined as up to 8 years from the date of PhD

Conference registration

The deadline for registration is 1 May 2019. Please register online here

The conference fees are:

2 day conference package (standard) - £330
2 day conference package (subsidised*) - £260

1 day conference package (standard) - £170
1 day conference package (subsidised*) - £135

*Please see the travel bursaries and financial support table above for eligibility for subsidised rate.

A password will be required in order to book at the subsidised rate. If you are offered a bursary you will be sent the password in the confirmation email. If you are a student, please contact us to ask for the password. 


Please note that accommodation is not included in the conference package. If you would like to book accommodation at the conference venue, please follow this link: and use the code ETHOX19 for a discounted rate.

Accommodation at Keble College is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation can be found through various websites including:


We are pleased to announce that the keynote speakers will be Anant Bhan and Katherine Littler.

The conference programme will be available soon.

Information for presenters:

All talks in the parallel sessions are 25 minutes in total. We would expect parallel session speakers to talk for approximately 15 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions at the end.

All talks in the plenary sessions are 30 minutes in total. We would expect plenary session speakers to talk for approximately 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions at the end.

Audio visual equipment will be available in all rooms. Please upload your slides as early as possible on the day of your talk. If you have any media content such as video or animation, please contact a member of the conference organising team in plenty of time beforehand, so that we can check compatibility with the system.

Posters must be printed in portrait format on A0 sized paper (height 1189mm, width 841mm).

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to the conference, please email us at:

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