general information

August 21-23, 2003,
University Campus, Vilnius

The conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care (ESPMH) in cooperation with the Lithuanian Bioethics Committee, the Department of Medical History and Ethics (Medical Faculty of Vilnius University), Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO, the Central and East European Association of Bioethics (CEEAB).


The general theme of the conference is on philosophical and ethical issues in relation to European integration, particularly in the area of medicine and health care. Now that it is clear that the European Union will be expanded with new member states, it is imperative that the ethical reflection on medicine and health care is stimulates in all European countries. The following topics will be addressed in the conference:

  • European issues in philosophy of healthcare and bioethics
  • Development of medical philosophy and bioethics
  • Institutionalisation of philosophy and ethics in healthcare
  • Harmonisation of medical reseach regulations
  • Human rights and health care
  • Solidarity and health care
  • Just health care
  • The gap between 'academic' and 'bureaucratic' bioethics
  • Commercialisation in health care
  • Patenting and genetics
  • Genetic/health related databases
  • Use of biological materials
  • (Future) European guidelines in biomedical reseach


  • Summer 2002: publication of Call for abstracts

  • 1 December 2002: deadline for submission

  • January 2003: selection of abstracts

  • February 2003: final program

  • October 2002: start registration

  • 1 April 2003: first deadline for registration and payment


Location: University Campus, Universiteto str.3, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

8.00 - 9.00 Registration
9.00 - 9.30 Opening ceremony

  • Official speakers from Lithuania

  • Prof.dr.Lennart Nordenfelt, President of ESPMH

9.30 - 10.00 Plenary session 1

  • [2 speakers for plenary session]
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 - 12.30 Parallel sessions
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 16.00 Parallel sessions
16.00 - 16.30 Tea break
16.30 - 18.00 Parallel sessions
19.00 Welcome Reception: reception party at the University Restaurant

Friday, August 22, 2003

8.30 - 9.30 Plenary session 2

  • [2 speakers for plenary]
9.30 - 11.00 Parallel sessions
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 Parallel sessions
13.00- 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Parallel sessions
16.00 - 16.30 Tea break
16.30 - 18.00 ESPMH General Assembly
18.00 Conference dinner in Trakai castle (30 km outside of Vilnius)

Friday, August 23, 2003

8.30 - 9.30 Plenary session 3

  • [2 speakers for plenary]

9.30 - 11.00 Parallel sessions
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 Parallel sessions
13.00 Closing session


The language during the conference is English. Simultaneous translation is not available.


The registration process, the call for abstract, development of the program, publication of program announcements and mailings to participants will be taken care of by the ESPMH Secretariat in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Prof.dr.Henk ten Have
ESPMH Secretariat
Dept. of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine,
School of Medical Sciences
University of Nijmegen
PO Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Fax: ++ 31-24-3540254
Email:, or

Organisation of local accommodation, lunches, conference dinner during the conference will be managed by.

Prof.dr. Eugenijus Gefenas
Tel/fax: ++ 2705 212 45 65


A registration form will be circulated by the ESPMH Secretariat. It should be returned to this Secretariat as soon as possible, but not later than 1th April, 2003, including the registration fee which should be transferred to the ESPMH treasurer according to the data provided on the registration form.


The registration fee for participants who are not a member of ESPMH is more expensive.

The registration fee includes: 2 lunches, refreshments during breaks, 1 conference dinner, abstract-book.
paid before April 1, 2003: ESPMH member: 210 euro; not-ESPMH member: 260 euro.
paid after April 1, 2003: ESPMH member: 225 euro; not-ESPMH member: 275 euro.

Accompanying persons:
paid before April 1, 2003: 100 euro
paid after April 1, 2003: 110 euro


The accommodation in Vilnius must be arranged by the conference participants themselves. The organization will provide a list of potential hotels and hostels in various price categories with telephone and fax numbers, facilitating the process of reserving accommodation.

The following hotel accommodation will be available
(prices in euro per person)

The price of the hotels situated within walking distance from the University is presently negotiated. The average price of a single room in these hotels will be approx. 90 euros. It will take some time to have a full list of hotels.
We are also looking for cheaper hotels/bed and breakfast arrangements for those participants who prefer less expensive accommodation.


The airport in Vilnius has connections to various European capitals. You must be aware that you need to pay visa upon entering the country at the local customs office. We will make a list of countries, which citizens do not need visas to enter Lithuania.

If you arrive at Vilnius airport, it will be approx. 4-5 euros to reach the hotels by taxi.


The following social activities will be offered:

  • specific information will be provided in a later stage.


The abstract book will be published in Vilnius at conference registration. Full manuscripts can be submitted for publication in the ESPMH journal "Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy". Presentators are invited to read the instructions for authors, and to submit an appropriately prepared article for review.