Disaster Bioethics: addressing ethical issues triggered by disasters

In 2013 the Department of Medical History and Ethics joined the COST Action IS1201 „Disaster Bioethics: addressing ethical issues triggered by disasters“

This Action aims to improve ethical decision-making for disasters by gathering knowledge of the ethical dilemmas and issues, carefully examining them, and developing training materials and published resources to address disaster ethics. Policy makers, humanitarian agencies and individual responders seek ethical guidance and training materials to better address the challenging and distressful ethical dilemmas in disasters.

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.

COST supports cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.

COST program period: 2012 – 2016.

COST program is funded by the European Union. It support meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchanges, training schools and publications.

Currently, COST Action IS1201 „Disaster Bioethics: addressing ethical issues triggered by disasters“ consists of 28 Member Countries.

There are four working groups within the COST action on disaster bioethics:

  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Bioethics, Culture, and Moral Theory
  • Research Ethics
  • Ethics and Governance

COST action on disaster bioethics website: http://disasterbioethics.eu/.

COST program website: http://www.cost.eu/.

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