POSTPONED until 2021

Biotechnology and the Future of Medicine

POSTPONED: The Center for Bioethics has made the difficult decision to postpone the Annual Bioethics Conference, scheduled for Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, due to the evolving public health situation regarding an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, (COVID-19), including one confirmed case and several presumptive cases of the virus in Boston and Massachusetts.

We have rescheduled the conference for next year, June 10 and June 11, 2021, and hope that you will be able to join us then.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and will refund all registration fees by the end of March.

The health and safety of all members of our community is a top priority at the Center for Bioethics, and we all have an responsibility to help prevent the spread of this and other illnesses. Please review the World Health Organization’s protective measures against virus.

Members of the Harvard University community can stay up-to-date via the Harvard website.

Thank you for your understanding. We hope you are able to attend the conference next year, please sign-up to receive information about the 2021 conference.

  • Call for Posters

    Abstract Submission Has Closed

    The annual bioethics conference planning committee is pleased to announce that abstracts for posters are now being accepted.

    Abstracts may be based on scientific research, ethics, or policy. Poster abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis with the first review beginning on January 1, 2020. The final abstract deadline is March 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. Abstracts will be selected by the committee and presenters will be notified by email if their abstract was selected.

    Selected presenters should have their posters printed in a 36 x 42 inch size format. Posters will be displayed during the conference on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10. Presenters are expected to share their findings with conference attendees during a one-hour poster discussion period on Monday, March 9 and during the one-hour lunch breaks on each day of the conference.


    • A completed web form
    • A single PDF document containing a one-page written description of your poster (your abstract) to include:
      • Title of project/presentation in CAPITAL LETTERS at the top of the page.
      • Your name including earned degree(s) and professional licensure (if applicable).
      • Professional or academic title(s).
      • Professional or academic affiliation(s).
      • Co-author (if applicable).
      • Your email address for conference attendees to request additional project information.
      • A description of your fieldwork, research, or other bioethics project in fewer than 300 words including:
        • Statement of purpose and/or aims of the research (and context if relevant)
        • Research questions and/or hypotheses
        • Significance
        • Approach/method/strategy
        • Key findings
        • Importance/implications
  • About the Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference

    The Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference convenes leaders in the field to explore ethical questions and concerns in healthcare. Held each spring, this conference facilitates conversations among experts, and supports members of ethics committees, health care professionals, bioethicists, administrators, attorneys, and others who are interested in addressing ethical issues.