Keynote speakers

Sarah Banks

Sarah Banks is co-director, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA) and Professor, Department of Sociology, Durham University, UK. She is known for her research and publications in the fields of practical ethics, community development and ethics in community-based participatory research. Recent participatory action research projects include Imagine – connecting communities through research and work on predatory lending in low-income neighbourhoods. Through CSJCA she has worked to develop ethical guidelines for participatory research, and is co-editor with Mary Brydon-Miller of a forthcoming book, Ethics in participatory research for health and social wellbeing: Cases and commentaries (Routledge, 2018).

Carlo Leget

Carlo Leget (1964) is full professor of care ethics at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands. At the same university he holds an endowed chair in palliative care, established by the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL) and the Association Hospice Care Netherlands (AHZN). As chair of the care ethics department he is responsible for the Master in Care Ethics & Policy at his university, and his research focuses on the intersection of care, meaning and end of life issues. He is a member of the Health Council of the Netherlands, vice-president of the European Association for Palliative Care, and developed a contemporary model for spiritual care based on the medieval ars moriendi tradition, which is much used and researched in the Netherlands and Belgium (C. Leget, Art of Living, Art of Dying. Spiritual Care for a Good Death. London/Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2017).

Jan Schildmann

Evaluating Clinical Ethics Support Services

Prof. Dr. med. Jan Schildmann, M.A.
Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Jan Schildmann is a specialist in internal medicine and director of the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. In his research he combines normative and empirical methods to explore ethical challenges and develops strategies to support ethical decision making in clinical practice. Together with researchers in philosophy, medical ethics and health research and in collaboration with Cochrane he is currently conducting a systematic review on the effectiveness of ethics consultation. Next to research he is interested in teaching students and health professionals on various topics of ethics and communication in healthcare.

Astrid Vellinga

Astrid Vellinga is psychiatrist and medical director at Arkin, a large mental healthcare institution in Amsterdam. As psychiatrist she works in a FACT team, this is a community service for people with severe mental illness, where recovery is a central theme. Recently she was involved in research about the association between personal and medical recovery. As medical director she is responsible for a just practice of involuntary commitment and forced treatment, as well as the overall quality of care. The subject of ethics and moral deliberation has been a major focus since her education as a doctor. Her PhD was about competency and decision making capacity. She provided teaching about different topics of ethics to students, trainees of psychiatry and psychiatric nurses. She raised the ethical committee and introduced moral deliberation to Arkin. She is member of the board of the NEON Foundation (National Network on Dutch Ethics Support in healthcare institutions).