Conference Theme

It’s the Organization! Clinical Ethics and Consultation at the Intersection of Institutional Practice.

ICCEC 2019’s conference theme – addresses the fact that clinical ethics takes place in a highly professional and institutionalized context. Clinical ethics and consultation is a practical endeavor. It takes place in an institutional setting, be it the hospital, nursing home, hospice, or mobile healthcare service. Practicing ethics in a clinical institution is different from reflecting on ethics in pure academia. It poses opportunities for ethically significant encounters with multiple stakeholders as well as challenges in facing the pressure of real-life engagement in an organization. ICCEC 2019 will focus on this intersection of practice and institution in clinical ethics and consultation.

To contribute in and to this context, clinical ethics may learn from other fields. ICCEC 2019’s program offers insights, exchange, and learning opportunities from psychology, healthcare management, organizational development, and jurisprudence that can enrich the practice of clinical ethics. The conference will cultivate this discourse through keynote lectures in general sessions, individual paper debates, poster presentations, panel discussions, and case studies. Keynote lectures will feature organizational experts and innovative thinkers stimulating clinical ethics.

ICCEC 2019’s mission is to provide attendees with the opportunity for exchange of expertise and collaboration in an institutional stetting in order to improve the practice of clinical ethics for the good of the patient.

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Final Program

Wed, 22 May 2019
13:00 – 18:00 Pre-Conference Workshop
Thu, 23 May 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Opening
09:30 – 10:30 Plenary 1: C. Sedmak
11:00 – 12:00 Parallel 1.1 to 1.6
12:30 – 13:30 Parallel 2.1 to 2.6
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch & Talk
15:00 – 16:00 Parallel 3.1 to 3.6
16:30 – 17:30 Plenary 2: E. Gillen
19:00 – 21:00Opening Reception
Fri, 24 May 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00 Parallel 4.1 to 4.6
10:30 – 11:30 Plenary 3: A. Gallagher
12:00 – 13:00 Parallel 5.1 to 5.6
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch & Talk
14:30 – 15:30 Parallel 6.1 to 6.6
and Poster
16:00 – 16:30 Poster Award
16:30 – 17:30 Plenary 4: G. Hardart
19:30 – 22:30 Heurigen Evening
Sat, 25 May 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00 Parallel 7.1 to 7.6
10:30 – 11:30 Plenary 5: J.J. Kole
11:30 – 12:00 Closing

Keynote Speakers

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The plenary sessions will feature following keynote speakers:

George Hardart (New York, NY, USA) Associate Professor for Pediatrics and Bioethics, Columbia University Medical Center; Chair of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs (CECA) committee. More info
Clemens Sedmak (London, UK & Salzburg, AT) Professor for Social Ethics, King’s College London and University of Salzburg. More info
Ann Gallagher (Surrey, UK) Professor of Ethics and Care, Lead for Ethics in Integrated Healthcare, Director of the International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory, University of Surrey. More info
Erny Gillen (Luxembourg, LU) Ethicist for Leadership. More info
J.J. (Jos) Kole (Nijmegen, NL) Assistant professor professional ethics in healthcare, Radboud University Medical Center More info

Sub Themes

The conference’s parallel sessions will feature lectures, panels, posters, case studies, and workshops on following sub themes.
Clinical ethics and the organization

The healthcare organization is the place for practicing clinical ethics. Organizations are ethically relevant entities that shape this practice.

Organizing clinical ethics

Clinical ethics and consultation is an institution itself. It relies on structures and procedures that are an expression of this social system.

Practicing clinical ethics and organizational psychology

When practicing clinical ethics, we have to deal with the whole person and group, not only with their rational heads. Insights from moral and social psychology can help improving this practice.

Practicing clinical ethics and healthcare management

Healthcare organizations are governed by a management system that is different from the clinical or ethical systems. Nevertheless, they share the same area of institutionalized healthcare practice.

Practicing clinical ethics as consultation

Consultation services are at the heart of clinical ethics. Healthcare organizations rely on ethics support at the bedside and, sometimes, in the board meeting.

Practicing clinical ethics and jurisprudence

Healthcare has a legal framework. Ethicists must take this framework into account when practicing clinical ethics – not as legal experts but as facilitators who know about the merits and pitfalls of jurisprudence.

Scientific Committee

The scientific committee reviews the abstracts submitted for presentation, advises the conference director in all matters concerning the academic content of the conference, and disseminates and promotes the conference in one’s own professional context.

ICCEC 2019’s scientific committee consists of:

George Agich Co-founder of the ICCEC series; Austin, TX, USA.
Silviya Aleksandrova-Yankulovska Professor of Public Health, Medical University Pleven, Bulgaria.
Chris Gastmans Head of Interfaculty Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, KU Leuven, Belgium.
Ralf Jox Chair of Geriatric Palliative Care, CHUV Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mark Kuczewski Director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago, USA.
Bert Molewijk Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, Norway.
Gerald Neitzke Institute of History, Ethics, and Philosophy of Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany.
Stella Reiter-Theil Co-founder of the ICCEC series; University Hospital Basel & Psychiatric University Hospital Basel, Switzerland.
Ann Slowther Social Science and Systems in Health, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Carol Taylor Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Professor of Medicine and Nursing, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.
Matthew Wynia Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA.

The scientific committee is headed by the ICCEC 2019’s conference director, Jürgen Wallner, head of ethics of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Austrian Province.