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UPDATE: the official deadline has passed but we have SIX places remaining. If you are still interested in applying, please put in your application as soon as you can (scroll down for application form). Please ignore any further references to deadlines.

Time and Location

  • 7th - 11th September 2015
  • Birmingham, UK (more details at the bottom of the page)

Aims and target audience

This event is targeted at those who respond to humanitarian emergencies and disasters. It will also be useful for academics working in the broad area of humanitarian crisis, particularly in ethics.


The aim of the week is to give participants sufficient skills, knowledge and confidence to work up a small case study that could be used to provide some basic ethics training or preparation for humanitarian healthcare workers.
Subsistence and travel grants are available. For more information and to make an application for a place and grant contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The summer school is full time over five days and will involve a combination of lectures and case-based individual and group study sessions, and will give attendees the skills to ethically analyse difficult cases arising in disaster scenarios, as well as the ability to teach these skills to others.
For the second day of the school, we will be joining the UK Defence Medical Services Annual Ethics Symposium for a series of talks and group work focusing on the ethical issues that arise for military medical responders.
The summer school starts at 9am on Monday September 7th and will finish at 3pm on Friday September 11th. Training will continue into the evenings Monday-Thursday with a series of informative and engaging after-dinner lectures and activities.

All sessions will be held in English!

Where is this event taking place?

It will take place at the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus. We can arrange for accommodation at the University’s Vale Village, from Sunday night, checking out on Friday.

SummerSchool2015 ValeVillage

How to apply for a place and/or funding on this summer school

Places will be offered on a competitive basis. To apply complete the application form below and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reserve lists and late applicants will be offered places as funding permits. 20 places will be offered in the first instance so applying in the first round is strongly recommended.

Places will be offered on the basis of the strength of the application. Priority will be given to junior researchers, defined as anyone who has yet to be awarded a PhD. Participants do not have to be registered for higher degrees to qualify. Medical students with an interest in humanitarian work are encouraged to apply, as are those working for aid organisations, NGOs or in a military medical capacity.

Awards can only be made to participants from countries that are party to the Disaster Bioethics COST action. See for the list. Awards are expected to cover the majority of the cost of attendance only and are subject to COST rules.

Additional places may be made available for participants who are able to self-fund. If you do not require funding please make this clear on your application. The cost of attending will be £440 (including all meals and accommodation) payable in advance. There is no day rate. If you are successful in obtaining an award you will need to set up an e-COST profile at, and add your bank details.

Other information

You will need to bring a laptop to facilitate your group and independent work. Course information will be provided on a memory stick. If this presents difficulties, please let us know at the time of application.

This event is being hosted by Medicine, Ethics, Society and History (MESH) at the University of Birmingham. Trainers will be members of MESH and other experienced participants in the Disaster Bioethics COST action. Indicative programme as follows (click on the image to enlarge)

Download info and application form