UK Government sets out ‘bioenergy principles’

3 May 2012

The ethical principles proposed by the Council in its 2011 report Biofuels: ethical issues are strongly reflected in the ‘Bioenergy principles’ set out in the Government’s UK Bioenergy Strategy, published in April 2012.

The UK Bioenergy Strategy states:

Workshop on genomics, health records, database linkage and privacy

16 April 2012

On 22 February 2012 the Council held an exploratory workshop which bought together Council Members, staff and invited experts to discuss the ethical issues raised by genomics, health records, database linkage and privacy.

WHO dementia report draws on Council’s ethics framework

12 April 2012

A report on dementia published by the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted key elements of the Nuffield Council’s ethics framework for dementia.

Prime Minister’s dementia pledge echoes Council recommendations

28 March 2012

The Prime Minister has pledged to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015, echoing recommendations made by the Nuffield Council’s 2009 report Dementia: ethical issues.

Should children be told they were donor-conceived?

Press Release

21 March 2012

Is the decision to tell children they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm a private matter for the family, or is this information so important that health and social care professionals should get involved? The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has today launched a call for people’s views on this and other ethical questions related to information about donor conception.

Job vacancy: Project Leader

14 March 2012

The Council is looking to recruit a Project Leader to complete the production of a project exploring the ethical issues raised by novel neurotechnologies that intervene in the brain.

The Project Leader will undertake research, prepare, organise and support meetings of a Working Party and prepare the final report for publication, working with a wide range of academics, professionals and policy-makers.

Please see the job opportunities page for full details of the post, and how to apply.

Ethics body seeks views on new wave of brain technologies

Press Release

1 March 2012

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today launched a consultation on the ethics of new types of technologies and devices that ‘intervene’ in the brain, such as brain-computer interfaces, deep brain stimulation, and neural stem cell therapy.

Council gives Select Committee evidence on bioenergy

21 February 2012

Today Dr Alena Buyx, Assistant Director of the Council, gave oral evidence at a one-off session on bioenergy of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.


On being questioned about the Council’s six ethical principles for biofuel policy, Alena emphasised that:

New Working Party on donor conception and information

10 February 2012

The Council has set up a Working Party to consider the ethical issues raised by the disclosure of information about genetic origin in the particular context of families created through assisted reproduction using donor gametes (egg, sperm or embryos).

Job vacancy: Communications Officer (maternity cover)

9 February 2012

The Council is looking to recruit a Communications Officer to help disseminate and promote the work of the Council to a wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers, healthcare professionals, journalists and young people. Tasks could range from organising events and planning media campaigns, to producing the Council’s e-newsletter and editing the website.