The Council has a broad membership which is revisited from time to time to ensure that it includes the appropriate experience and expertise. We are now seeking applications for new Council members and we would particularly welcome applicants with the following:

  • Experience in basic and/or clinical science

  • Experience in industry

  • A background in education (to take a particular interest in the Council’s Education Advisory Group)

Candidates need not be directly involved in the field of bioethics, but they should be able to demonstrate an interest and appreciation of the issues. Applications are invited in the form of a brief statement of interest accompanied by a short curriculum vitae. These should be sent to the Director at the email / address below. The closing date for submissions is Friday 23 August 2013. We would welcome applications from a broad range of individuals and from people at all stages of their careers.

For more information about the Council and its processes, please see the How the Council works section of this website. If you would like first to talk informally about the Council and how it works, please feel free to contact:

Carol Perkins
020 7681 9619

Nuffield Council on Bioethics
28 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3JS

Time commitment and expenses

Members do not receive remuneration, but reasonable travel expenses are paid.

In addition to the quarterly meetings and the annual ‘Forward Look’ seminar there are other events members are invited to attend. These include workshops to explore whether a particular topic should be looked at by a working party and meetings with the French and German national bioethics organisations. There may also be the possibility of becoming the member of a working party. Our members usually attend about six meetings a year. This would of course increase if an individual agreed to be on a Working Party.

One of the important roles of a Council member is to comment on draft reports. These can be quite substantial documents and so there is a certain amount of background reading and preparation necessary for meetings.