Emerging Reproductive Technologies: ethics, law, & policy
9 November 2015

This one-day workshop offers participants an opportunity to reflect on some of the important ethical and legal questions raised by emerging reproductive technologies. Papers will directly address new and possible future reproductive technologies, shed light on contemporary debates about reproductive ethics and policy through conceptual or philosophical means, or provide a 'new take' on existing issues or practices.

Past Events


NBOT Early Career Researcher Grants

Earlier this year, NBOT established a grant to assist ECRs engaging in research pertinent to the Network, with the costs of research and conference travel (up to $5000). Grant were awarded to the following recipients:

Dr Kellie Burns
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Project: Burns’ research provides a cultural history of schooling interventions around the health of children and adolescents, and the fields of professional expertise that developed to support the public health work of schools.

Rachel Carr
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Conference: Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), 20-23 August, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Project: Carr’s research focuses on the securitization of health in xenotransplantation as a site producing human-animal relations.

Dr Michelle Jamieson
Network for Bodies, Organs and Tissues
Conference: ‘Life, In Theory’, European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSAeu), 3-6 June, Turin, Italy.
Project: Dr Jamieson’s research explores the entanglement of social and biological life through examples of iatrogenic illness, such as the development of antibiotic resistance.

Dr Ainsley Newsom
Senior Lecturer in Bioethics, Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health
Conference: 18th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, 20-23 July, Brisbane.
Project: Dr Newsom’s research examines whether standard models of informed consent or informed choice are ethically suitable to emerging methods of prenatal testing such as non-invasive prenatal testing.

Jacqueline Savard
PhD candidate, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health
Conference: The Changing Face of Genetic Medicine, Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA), 3-6 August, Adelaide.
Project: Savard’s research focuses on the state of personal genomics in Australia, with a particular emphasis on Australian consumer’s attitudes, knowledge and experiences of direct-to-consumer personal genome testing.

Reproductive Biopolitics Workshop, 2-3 October

In October, NBOT will host a two day workshop on reproductive biopolitics. The event will bring together feminist scholars working on different aspects of reproductive biopolitics to share knowledge and expertise, and to develop new analytic perspectives. Participants in the workshop will explore how women’s reproductive biology (the processes of oogenesis, conception, embryogenesis, parturition) is now caught up in global markets for reproductive service labour (surrogacy, egg vending), for new forms of medical consumption (private cord blood banking, egg banking), for new kinds of testing and surveillance (foetal imaging), and as a source of regenerative potential for the stem cell industries.

PhD Master Class with Professor Nikolas Rose, 25 August

In August, NBOT will be co-hosting Nikolas Rose, Head of the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. Professor Rose will hold a master class for doctoral candidates at the University of Sydney.

Biobanking Workshop, 14-15 July

In July, The Network for Bodies, Organs and Tissues hosted a multi-disciplinary, two day workshop on human tissues. Themed around the topic of biobanking, the event provided a forum for discussions of moral, ethical and regulatory issues relating to the access and control of human tissues. It addressed the challenges posed by the different uses of tissues (e.g. reproductive, therapeutic, regenerative, research, education, etc.), and debates about how to manage and resolve tissue based conflicts.