Centre for Bionetworking symposium: have we become too ethical?

The Centre for Bionetworking is running a symposium on research ethics, to be held at the University of Sussex in November.

Have We Become Too Ethical? – Managing vulnerability in human subject research

The University of Sussex Conference Centre
Bramber House (Level 4)
Refectory Road, University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton

9 November 2015, 10:00 am – 5:15 pm  (Coffee and tea available from 9:30)

About the symposium

Over the last two decades ethical review by committee has become compulsory for all UK-funded research involving human subjects. It aims to prevent harm from biomedical research.

Concern: When is ethics review too constrictive and when too permissive?

Aim: To formulate the basis for feasible, fair and effective ethical review at home and in transnational collaborative research

Well-known experts in the field of social-science research ethics and research funders will debate:

  • Contextual factors in ethical review
  • Competence of reviewers of human subject research
  • Informed consent


  • Dr Ron Iphofen FAcSS, Independent Research Consultant
  • Adam Hedgecoe, Cardiff University
  • Peter Pels, Leiden University
  • Rachel Douglas-Jones, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Priscilla Song, Washington University
  • Martin Tolich, University of Otago

With representatives from Wellcome Trust, European Research Council,  Association of Social Anthropologists, British Sociological Association, and Economic & Social Research Council.


Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner ([email protected]), Department of Anthropology in Sussex
Bob Simpson ([email protected]), Department of Anthropology, Durham


Tel: 01273 877449

Email: [email protected]


  1. Only saw this announcement now and unfortunately will not be able to attend next Monday due to the short notice.
    If there is a mailing list or a circulation of papers or material arising from the symposium, it’d like to be included if possible.

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