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HBKU to Host 17th World Congress of Bioethics at Qatar National Convention Centre

Updated: Jun 13

17th World Congress of Bioethics at HBKU

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is set to host the 17th World Congress of Bioethics, organized by the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global health initiative of Qatar Foundation. This year's theme is "Religion, Culture, and Global Bioethics."

The event, taking place from June 3-6 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, marks the first time the International Association of Bioethics (IAB) will hold its flagship conference in the Arab world and the Middle East. In recognition of this, the Congress will feature panels and sessions conducted in Arabic. The focus on the intersection of religion, culture, and bioethics aims to foster diverse perspectives and constructive dialogue, enhancing the global influence of the discipline. The Congress will serve as a platform for bioethicists to network and delve deeper into these crucial issues.

Mohammed Ghaly, Head of CILE and Chair of the Congress, highlighted the significance of the IAB's decision to host the Congress in the Arab and Muslim world. He noted, "This milestone underscores the impactful contributions of CILE, HBKU, and WISH to bioethics. Hosting this prestigious event in Qatar allows for a diverse exchange of ideas, particularly from regions that have been underrepresented in previous editions. We are thankful for WISH's support and look forward to welcoming academics, bioethicists, and professionals from around the world to this landmark event. Together, we will explore, collaborate, and advance the field of bioethics."

Sultana Afdhal, Co-chair of the World Congress of Bioethics and WISH representative, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership with HBKU. She said, "We are excited to co-host this significant event, bringing together leading experts in bioethics. WISH has been a proud partner of HBKU’s CILE, co-publishing influential reports on public health and biomedical sciences from an Islamic ethical perspective over the past decade. These efforts have shaped policy and driven change in Qatar and beyond. We eagerly anticipate welcoming everyone to Doha for an intellectually enriching experience."

The Congress will also address post-pandemic bioethical and environmental issues, including the growing role of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies in healthcare, which present both challenges and opportunities for bioethics.

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