Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

The 21st International Nursing Ethics Conference and the 6th International Care Ethics Conference

Ethical Responses to Covid-19 Pandemic Care Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives - #CovidEthicsExeter

The Forum, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK on 2nd & 3rd September 2021



This year’s conference theme engages with the many ethical issues encountered by nurses, doctors and other care-givers in health and social care during the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference focuses on ethical responses to care challenges such as: negotiating caring relationships with patients, care home residents and families under pandemic conditions; managing scarce resources (for example, staff, personal protective equipment, ventilators and hospital beds); and supporting care-giver well-being in response to moral distress and moral injury. We also invite abstracts on non-Covid-19 topics relating to ethics education, practice and research as below.

The 2021 conference is organised by the Academy of Nursing, University of Exeter in collaboration with the international Editorial Board of the journal Nursing Ethics.

The Human Rights and Nursing Awards will be presented at the conference on 3rd September 2021 by University of Exeter Vice Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts. We are inviting nominations for the awards by 30th March 2021. Please follow this link for more information. 

Practitioners, researchers, educators, managers and students in the field of health and social care from around the world are invited to attend and participate in this conference to engage in discussion regarding responses to ethical challenges locally and globally

This conference will be held on 2nd and 3rd September 2021 at The Forum, University of Exeter, England.

Abstracts are invited for oral presentations and posters to address the conference theme and other ethical issues in care by 30th March 2021.

Issues of particular interest would include but are not restricted to:

  • Negotiating relationship challenges with care-recipients and families during a pandemic
  • Managing scarce resources such as insufficient numbers of care-givers, PPE, equipment and beds
  • Ethical consequences for care-givers, for example, ethical dilemmas, moral distress and moral injury
  • Developing and sustaining moral resilience
  • Moral agency and identity during a pandemic
  • Political dimensions of ethics in care
  • Ethical aspects of end of life care
  • Everyday ethics in health and social care
  • Ethics and professional regulation
  • Ethical climate in health and social care organisations
  • Multi-disciplinary perspectives on ethics in care
  • Inter-professional ethics education
  • Philosophical perspectives on ethics in care
  • The future of ethics in care


Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts:

All abstracts must be submitted as email attachments - with headings as below - to

All abstract submissions and presentations must be written in English.

The abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and reflect the content of the presentation. Do not include pictures or diagrams.

The deadline for abstract submission is 30th March 2021.

Scientific committee members will review and select submitted abstracts. Selection will be based on originality, relevance to conference theme, and evidence of scholarly practice.

The main author (must also be the contact author) will receive an email by 30th May 2021 confirming the acceptance of non-acceptance of the abstract

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference materials.

In order for an abstract to be presented, the presenting author must register and pay the registration fee by 30th June, 2021.

This Call for Abstracts is based on the assumption that we will be able to proceed with a face to face conference. If this situation changes, we will inform you immediately.

If you have any further queries, please send an e-mail to Helen Smith via email


Abstract Structure – Submit as email attachment

  • First name (primary author and presenter)
  • Last name
  • Email
  • Degrees and other credentials
  • Affiliation
  • Title
  • Address (street, city, country, postal code)
  • Title of Abstract
  • Authors
  • Body of Abstract (include background, aim/objectives, methods, results/findings, conclusions)
  • Max 250 words