It is with great regret that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have made the tough decision to postpone the onsite delivery of the AEN 2020 Conference Melbourne.

All registrations of delegates, speakers and partners will be transferred to the 2021 Conference. We are currently working on confirming the 2021 Conference delivery at The University of Melbourne Further information will be communicated once confirmed.

We wish to thank everyone for their ongoing support and flexibility in this forever changing landscape. Together we are committed to delivering a spectacular conference in 2021 and hope you can join us!

The health and wellbeing of our delegates, partners and suppliers is our key priority

Join us in Melbourne!

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we are delighted to invite you to support the Australasian Ethics Network Conference (AEN2020) to be held from the 11th – 13th of November 2020 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The conference will be held under the theme “Emerging issues in Research Ethics: keeping up and bringing others along”. The theme will focus on new and emerging technologies that generate enormous excitement in research but along with the excitement comes an increasingly complex sea of ethical issues. For decades, those involved in, regulating, conducting, participating in, reviewing and administering research have grappled these issues in isolation. The goal of the 2020 AEN conference is to bring together members of these diverse groups in an effort to keep up with the emerging issues in research ethics and where possible, to bring others along.

The conference will discuss these topics amongst a range of pre-conference workshops (Wednesday) and two full days of conference sessions (Thursday, Friday).

We encourage you to consider joining us for what is set to be another successful AEN event!

Clare Delany, University of Melbourne
Chair, AEN 2020

What is AEN

The AEN is a broad network promoting human ethics review among universities, research institutes and hospitals and interacts closely with government bodies, regulators and funding bodies.

The AEN initially met at the University of Wollongong in 2009 as an extension of the established NSW Universities HREC Chairs annual workshop. Conferences were subsequently held in Melbourne (2010), Brisbane (2012), Fremantle (2013), Sydney (2014), Adelaide (2016) and Townsville (2018). Since then the AEN has evolved into a strong network with a broad audience and geographic coverage.

Recent successful conferences have attendance rates of up to 300 delegates per event. AEN conferences are now held every 2 years with support from the Australasian Research Management Society and industry sponsors.

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