The 10th World Congress of Bioethics (WCB) attracted over 600 participants from 55 countries, and was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Mr SR Nathan. 

At the opening ceremony, Professor John Wong, Dean of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, presented the Benjamin Chew Medals, for Medical Ethics, which are awarded annually to medical students who performed best in medical ethics and health law in the fourth year of their studies at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

Gold Medal Recipient: Ms Samantha Rachel Yeo

Silver Medal Recipient: Ms Yeo Pei Shan

The Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research was also presented at the opening ceremony, by Professor Alexander Capron, University Professor and Co-Director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California (USA), for the most outstanding paper submitted for the 10th WCB. For more information on the Ehrenreich Prizes, please visit

Joint winners: Dr Neema Sofaer, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London; and Dr Nir Eyal, Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health

Runner-up: Dr Avram Denburg, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

For photos of the opening ceremony, please click here.

A welcome dinner for the 10th WCB delegates was held at Science Centre Singapore (SCS), in conjunction with the launch of the bioethics exhibition. The event was graced by Minister for Health Mr Khaw Boon Wan. The project, which forms part of the permanent exhibition at SCS and is expected to last for at least five years, was a collaborative effort by SCS, BAC, and CBmE. To learn more about the bioethics exhibition, please visit the SCS website at  

The 11th WCB is to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 2012.


More on the 10th WCB

Theme Bioethics in a Globalised World


                Global and regional perspectives on bioethics

                Justice, access to health care, and health care reform in a globalised world

                Ethics of global health governance

                Ethical issues in international health research

                Clinical ethics: local concerns, international perspectives

                Public health ethics in a global context

                Ethical issues relating to international development, aid and reconstruction

                Bioethics, health and the environment

                Ethics, enhancement and the future of the human species

                Ethical issues arising from research using human stem cells, embryos and new medical technologies

                Infectious disease control and the threat of global epidemics

                Biotechnology and bioengineering: local, regional and global debates on policy and thics

                Globalisation and commercialisation in biomedicine

                Ethical issues relating to vulnerable and minority populations

                Inequalities and discrimination in health

                Food and security

                Medical ethics education

                Research ethics

To download a copy of the Congress programme, please click here.

Congress Venue: Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Under the auspices of: 






Congress President

Prof LIM Pin

Organising Committee

Prof LEE Hin Peng (Chairman)

Prof Alastair CAMPBELL (Chairman of Scientific Committee)

A/Prof Philip CHEANG

Dr Jacqueline CHIN

Dr CHIN Jing Jih

Prof Leonardo DE CASTRO

Prof Eddie KUO

Mr Charles LIM

Dr Mona TOH

Dr Andre WAN

Prof YAP Hui Kim

A/Prof YOON Ho Sup

Hospitality and Social Programme Subcommittee

A/Prof John ELLIOTT (Chairman)

Ms BEY Mui Leng

A/Prof Terry KAAN

A/Prof Patrick TAN



Ms Charmaine CHAN

Mr Calvin HO

Dr Sylvia LIM

Ms Caroline TAN

Ms Stella SIM

Mr VOO Teck Chuan

Scientific Committee

Prof Alastair CAMPBELL (Chairman) [Singapore]

Prof Clement ADEBAMOWO [Nigeria]

Prof Akira AKABAYASHI [Japan]

Prof Zulfi BHUTTA [Pakistan]

Prof Nikola BILLER-ANDORNO [Switzerland]

Prof Ruth CHADWICK [United Kingdom]

Prof Donald CHALMERS [Australia]

Dr Angus DAWSON [United Kingdom]

Prof Leonardo DE CASTRO [The Philippines]

Prof Debora DINIZ [Brazil]

Prof Reidar LIE [United States of America, Norway]

Prof Edison LIU [Singapore]

A/Prof Bebe LOFF [Australia]

Prof Florencia LUNA [Argentina]

Prof Ruth MACKLIN [United States of America]

Prof Emilio MORDINI [Italy]

Dr Thomas MURRAY [United States of America]

A/Prof NIE Jing-Bao [New Zealand]

 A/Prof NUYEN Anh Tuan [Singapore]

Dr Assya PASCALEV [Bulgaria]

Prof Susan SHERWIN [Canada]

Prof Margit SUTROP [Estonia]

Prof Julia TAO [Hong Kong, China]

Prof Ruud TER MEULEN [United Kingdom, Netherlands]

A/Prof Daniel TSAI [Taiwan]

Prof Anton VAN NIEKERK [South Africa]

Dr Heather WIDDOWS [United Kingdom]

Prof ZHAI Xiaomei [China]


Satellite Meetings:

1.    8th International Congress of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics,
26 to 28 July 2010

26 and 27 July - Peninsula Excelsior Hotel;
28 July - Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

2.    Human Rights and Public Health Ethics, 26 July 2010
Joint meeting of the IAB’s Public Health Ethics Network (InterPHEN) and the Philosophy and Bioethics Network
Venue: Landmark Village Hotel

3.    The Concept of Community in Bioethics, 27 July 2010
Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust
Venue: Landmark Village Hotel

4.    11th Asian Bioethics Conference / UNESCO Asia-Pacific School of Ethics Roundtable, 31 July to 2 August 2010
31 July - Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre;
1 and 2 August - National University of Singapore, MD11, CRC Auditorium

5.    The Ethics of Engineering Populations: East and West, 1 August 2010
Venue: Landmark Village Hotel