Keynote talk & Call for Abstracts European Philosophy of Sport/British Philosophy of Sport Annual Conference: KU Leuven March 30th-April 1st, 2023

Delighted to have been invited as one of the keynote speakers at the 2023 joint EAPS/BPSA annual conference in Leuven March 30th-April 1st

I’ll be speaking about epistemological and ethical issues of the use of biological concepts of race in sports genomics

#philosophyofsport#race#ethics&sport #genomics#humanperformance#mismeasure

Conference announcement 

European Association for the Philosophy of Sport, in association with the British Philosophy of Sport Association 

Venue:  KU Leuven, Belgium   

Date: 30th March to 1st April, 2023

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

Dr Irena Martinkova, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University in  

Prof Thomas Schramme  Dept. of Philosophy, Liverpool University

Dr Silvia Camporesi Dept. of Political Sciences, University of Vienna

Call for Papers 

Presentations will be twenty minutes with ten minutes for questions and discussion. 

Guidelines for Abstract Submission 
• Send abstract (200-300 words) as soon as possible – final submission date: 15th Jan 2023 (Sunday) 
• Decisions communicated by 1st February 2023 
• Required format is MS Word Times New Roman 12pt, single spacing, no auto-formatting, ‘normal’ margins – as per attached example – with name, institution, abstract, max 5 keywords. 3-5 items of indicative bibliography; brief personal details – all to fit on one side of A4. 
• Abstracts to be submitted to with the formulaic filename as follows:   <ABSTRACT – surname – title> 

For further information regarding the academic programme contact Dr. Andrew Edgar, 

For further information regarding the conference logistics see here:

Genetic Advantages in Sports: When Do They Count as “Doping”? ELSI Friday Forum, Friday December 9th 12 pm EST

Join us on Friday, December 9, 2022, for the next ELSI Friday Forum: Genetic Advantages in Sports: When Do They Count as “Doping”?

What is the essence of sports, and how does that impact the way doping is defined? The sports world is already preparing for an inevitable wave of “gene-doping” as gene-transfer technologies advance and become more widely available to all ages. On the one side, genetic modifications that improve human performance can be considered enhancements that threaten fair competition. However, gene transfer technologies can be used for a wide range of characteristics, thus blurring the lines between therapy and enhancement. This gray zone requires reflections and decisions on whether there is a moral difference between a genetic advantage that is inherited versus acquired. Could gene-transfer be a way of leveling the playing field? Or does it threaten the essence of sports fundamentally?

Panelist: Sarah Polcz, JSD, MSc, JD (Stanford Law School)
Panelist: Silvia Camporesi, PhD, PhD (King’s College London)
Moderator: Thomas H. Murray, PhD (The Hastings Center)

To continue the conversation please join fellow audience members for an informal discussion in a Zoom meeting immediately following the forum. The link will be placed in the Zoom Chat during the forum. For those who cannot attend the live event, the forum will be recorded and archived on the ELSIhub Video page.

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Dec 9, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Appointment as External Examiner, iBSc Humanities Philosophy & Law, Imperial College London

I am delighted to have been appointed as humble successor of distinguished Professor Alastair Campbell as External Examiner for the intercalated BSc in Medical Sciences with Humanities, Philosophy and Law at Imperial College London, School of Medicine.

This is a unique course that integrates approaches from medical science, ethics, law, philosophy, history and the arts, and it is even more unique in the world as intercalation (for this iBSc, or another among the iBSc programmes on offer) is required for all medical students at Imperial College London.

I look forward to getting to know the programme and the students closely over the next 4 years of my appointment.