The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals
9am Thursday 18 September – 5pm Friday 19 September 2014
Rothbury Golf Club, Northumberland, England

What are the ethical issues associated with the creation of ‘cultured flesh’ and flesh from animals with ‘enhanced’ properties, including reduced capacities for sentience and increased nutritional benefits? How do we assess the costs and benefits of these technological developments? Are there any alternatives that could be developed to provide the benefits that may be associated with these biomedical technologies, and if so, might these be preferable?

Call for participation: Everyone who is willing to discuss the conference themes is invited to participate. As places are limited, early booking is advisable. Abstracts of all papers will be circulated to delegates in advance of the meeting. Speakers will generally present papers in 30 mins, followed by 30 mins of discussion.


  • Bernice Bovenkerk, Philosophy Group, Wageningen University.
  • Amanda Cawston, Faculty of Philosophy and Downing College, University of Cambridge.
  • Jan Deckers, School of Medical Education, Newcastle University. (conference organiser)
  • Clemens Driessen, Cultural Geography, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen University.
  • Arianna Ferrari, Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
  • Linnea Laestadius, School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Clare McCausland, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne.
  • John Miller, School of English, University of Sheffield.
  • Lars Øystein Ursin, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  • Kay Peggs, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth.
  • G. Owen Schaefer, Lincoln College, University of Oxford.
  • Cor van der Weele, Department of Communication, Philosophy and Technology, Wageningen University.

Registration: Registration is made by paying the fee of £30 online here. Registration includes the conference dinner on Thursday night, as well as lunches and refreshments on Thursday and Friday. Lunches will comprise a main course, with an option to purchase dessert. For any specific dietary or access requirements, please email Jacqueline McAloon. Please note that, for administrative reasons, it is not possible to register for part of the conference. Please also email Jacqueline to inform her whether you would be interested in participating in an informal, pre-conference meeting for drinks and/or dinner on Wednesday evening. Practical information regarding travel and accommodation is available upon request.


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