2015 News & Events

International Conference on the Politics and Ethics of Infection, PEI 2015

Date: 10-12 December 2015
Venue: The University of Sydney, venue TBA


The Politics and Ethics of Infection Node within the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity in co-operation with the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine will be hosting an international conference on the Politics and Ethics of Infection from 10 to 12 December 2015, at the University of Sydney. Call for papers is open.

Researchers from all disciplines with an interest in the ethics and politics of intensification, resistance, surveillance, communication, migration and movement, research and one health/ecology in relation to infectious disease, are encouraged to participate.

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: via the conference website
INQUIRIES: PEI 2015 Inquiries.

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Download the conference flier.

Medical Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Date: 15 November 2015
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

holocaust memorial

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

A seminar for medical and healthcare practitioners, students and scholars presented by the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine and the Sydney Jewish Museum.

Join academics and physicians in examining the evolution of medical ethics and the relationship between the profession and the state. Does the moral low point in the history of medicine provide guidance for today’s quandaries in medical ethics? What is the place of euthanasia and eugenics in contemporary society? - Participants will have the opportunity to engage with living witnesses to genocide.

A certificate of completion will be provided for CME points.

Early bird admission (until 30 Sept): $175
General admission: $195 (light lunch included)
Student concession: available on request

To register, please email or call 02 9360 7999
Further information: Ilana McCorquodale
Symposium flyer and program

'Ich Klage An' - Film Screening and Discussion

Date: 7 October 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

The Sydney Jewish Museum and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine present 'Ich Klage An' ['I accuse'].


Hitler, Goebbels and others watch filming at Ufa, 1935

Under Nazism, members of the German public and medical profession enabled the systematic murder of the mentally and physically disabled. For the first time in Australia, see the film that sought to convince so many Germans of the program’s legitimacy…

Join us for a screening of the film followed by a special panel discussion featuring:

  • Professor Miles Little (Founding Director of VELiM)
  • Professor Ron McCallum (Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney)
  • Professor Dany Celemajer (Department of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney)
  • Facilitated by Dr Avril Alba (Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilization at the University of Sydney)

Registration essential - Admission: $15
Registration and further information

Ian Kerridge receives NHMRC Ethics Award 2015

Ian Kerridge headshot

22 September 2015: Congratulations to Associate Professor Ian Kerridge on receiving the NHMRC Ethics Award 2015. It's a mighty achievement.

The NHMRC citation:

"Associate Professor Kerridge has spent his entire career dissecting ethical issues in health practice and policy and promoting high ethical standards in health care and research. He was a member of the Legislation Review Committee that examined human cloning and the use of human embryos, and most recently, was a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee"

Reclaiming the Knowledge Commons: The Ethics of Academic Publishing and the Futures of Research


Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Venue: State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Program: The symposium will comprise four sessions:

  • Corporatisation and the commercialisation of knowledge
  • Democratizing knowledge or selling the farm? The emergence and challenges of ‘Open Access’
  • Dissolving barriers – and boundaries: Scholars and the possibilities of the new digital knowledge commons
  • Taking up the challenge of ethical academic publication

Speakers: Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder, Professor Paul Komesaroff, A/Professor Andrew Bonnell, Dr John Byron, JoAnne Sparks, Professor Virginia Barbour, Rosalia Garcia (SAGE), and Professor Christopher Wright

This event is FREE. Catering will be provided.
Registration / Event flier

Intensive Research Ethics Retreat, Sunday 31 May – Thursday 4 June 2015

Jointly run by the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society (CEMS), Monash University, and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM), Sydney University

Peppers Craigieburn

Peppers Craigieburn

Location: Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral NSW
Organising Committee: A/Prof Ian Kerridge, Prof Paul Komesaroff, Prof Colin Thomson and Dr Kandy White

This intensive course is designed to assist researchers, ethics committee members and others involved in the conduct and assessment of research to understand and clarify the issues arising in relation to research of all kinds involving human participants. It will provide an opportunity for members of research and research ethics communities to come together to discuss the issues they face and share their experiences. The course aims to give registrants an appreciation of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying research involving human participants, an understanding of the issues relating to different research methodologies and research involving special populations. The program will be interactive and will include small group discussions and workshops. There will be ample provision for free time to encourage further discussion and debate among participants.

Further information:

The 2015 Memorial John McPhee Seminar, Monday, 4 May 2015

The Honorable Michael Kirby, retired Justice of the High Court of Australia, will discuss how human rights violations have negatively impacted on the people of North Korea and, specifically, impeded health care and contributed to poor health and malnutrition.

Venue: Griffith Duncan Lecture Theatre, Callaghan Campus, The University of Newcastle
Date and Time: Monday, 4 May 2015, 6.30pm

Free public lecture. More information

Ongoing events

The Conversation

The Conversation is a weekly seminar series that encourages VELiMers to discuss aspects of their research work in a collegial manner. VELiM staff and students as well as visiting fellows and associates participate in and present their work during these conversations. If you would like to attend a conversation relevant to your area of interest please contact the Centre Administrator for a schedule of upcoming presentations.

Dates: Thursdays, 12 - 1pm
Venue: VELiM, Medical Foundation Building, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown

Biopolitics of Science Seminar Series

The social study of Science and Medicine is a rapidly growing area, both in Australia and internationally. Interest in the field is driven by the perception that technological progress often outstrips the social capacity to assess risk, develop governance and safely embed scientific innovations. Moreover, developments in the sciences are frequently provocations to the categories and assumptions of social science and the humanities – to the distinction between nature and society, technology and culture, and to our understandings of the origins, meanings, ends and value of human life. The Biopolitics of Science Research Network hosts a series of seminars that address these concerns.

For further information visit the Biopolitics of Science website or email the Network Director .