16 th and 17th of May 2024, Brussels - NATIONAL ETHICS COUNCILS FORUM

organized in the context of the Belgian presidency of the European Union.

The  33rd National Ethics Councils Forum (NEC Forum) will be held in Brussels on 16 & 17 May 2024  and will address the theme:

From Past to Future. How to Foster Justice in a Global World”.

Gathering representatives of the European National Ethics Committees, as well as important stakeholders within the field of  Bioethics and Health, this periodic event is based on the calendar of the rotating presidency of the EU Council. Each NEC Forum enables the most highly-regarded national ethics bodies to exchange and compare positions on the most pressing issues.
Under the Belgian EU Council presidency, the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics organises the NEC Forum in collaboration with the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Ethics and Research Integrity Sector.
Presentations and debates will be structured around 3 key sessions

High-level keynote speakers are invited.

The presentations will be available soon.
You can consult the program here.
You can consult the book of abstracts here


PowerPoint presentations

Florence Caeymaex (Belgium) - Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics
Status of human remains in museums, scientific and private collections

Marie-Sophie de Cippele: Saint-Louis Bruxelles, UC Louvain
The turning tide of repatriation of human remains, towards an inclusive heritage justice model

Charles Mulinda Kabwete (Rwanda) - Department of History and Heritage Studies
On the return and rehumanization of Rwandan human remains that are in Germany

Michael Bernstein
 (United States) – University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway; Austrian Institute of Technology GMBH; representative of project RE4Green(externe link)
Re-configuring the “do no significant harm” principle for European research and innovation: a situated approach
The European Commission's Green Deal is an opprtunity to rethink harmful practices of research and innovation policy

Jacob Blumenfeld (Germany) - Institute for Philosophy, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
On Rights of Nature: Moral and Legal Considerations

Virginie Pirard (Belgium) – Vice-President of the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics
Prioritizing Among the “Prioritized” and Protecting Marginal Populations: A Double Ethical Tension in Times of Scarcity

Adrian Ranga (Belgium) - Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Leuven
Neuronal organoids: ethics at the frontier of neuroscience

Hervé Chneiweiss (France) - Director of the Neuroscience Paris Seine – IBPS research centre (CNRS/Inserm/Sorbonne University); representative of HYBRIDA(externe link) project
Organoids: from ethical issues to operational guidelines, the outputs of the Hybrida project

Johan Busse (Denmark) - Danish Data Ethics Council
The Danish Data Ethics Council

Claude Kirchner (France) - National Pilot Committee for Digital Ethics (CNPEN), National Consultative Ethics Council (CCNE), Inria
Round Table short initial statements

José-Antonio Seoane (Spain) - Spanish Bioethics Committee, University of La Coruña
Secondary use of data in the European Data Space





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Contact information

Secrétariat du Comité consultatif de Bioéthique de Belgique:
Avenue Galilée 5/2
5ème étage - zone 35

+32 (0)2 524 91 84 - Sophie Bertrand,  Coordinatrice

+32 (0)2 524 91 87 - Secrétariat