Annual Conference

The Twenty-seventh Annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on March 1-4, 2018.

The Twenty-seventh Annual Conference is open to Association members and nonmembers and welcomes persons from various disciplines and professions for discussion of common concerns in practical and professional ethics. The conference provides an opportunity to meet practitioners, professionals and scholars who share your interests. The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics was founded in 1991 to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching of high quality in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the practical-theoretical aspects of their subjects. The Association facilitates communication and joint ventures among centers, schools, colleges, business and nonprofit organizations and individuals concerned with the interdisciplinary study and teaching of practical and professional ethics. The Association is also the sponsor of the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl held at the Annual Conference, the 10 Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowls, the International Two Year College Ethics Bowl and the National High School Ethics Bowl held under its auspices.

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To submit for the Annual Conference or the Ethics and Error in Medicine Mini Conference, please use the following link to the APPE EasyChair site: APPE EasyChair


The Registration for the 2018 APPE Conference is now open!  More information is available here.

Important Deadlines

September 7  Registration opens
October 27  Deadline for all submissions
December 1  End of Early Bird Registration
December 15  Notification of Program Presenters
January 5  Deadline for Audio Visual Request Forms
February  2  End of On-Time Registration (Late registration begins 2/3.)
February 6  Hotel Reservations deadline
February 9  Meal Reservations with Payment deadline


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Registration Information

Hotel and Travel Information 

Conference Events

Ethics Center Directors Summit

The 2017 Ethics Center Directors Summit will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in conjunction with the Twenty-seventh Annual Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

More details to follow here.

Graduate and Early Career - Teaching Ethics Seminar

This highly interactive seminar, offered on Thursday from 1 pm to 3:30 pm,  is intended for graduate students and early career scholars who are currently teaching classes in ethics or who have plans to do so. Topics to be covered include determining goals for the teaching of ethics, pedagogy for personal and professional development, and appropriate assessment. Prior to the seminar, participants will be invited to help shape the session to meet individual needs.

More details to follow here.

Twenty-second Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Ethics Bowl is a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive game with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics. The 2018 IEB national competition will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018.  On Sunday, thirty six teams of undergraduates who qualify at eleven regional competitions will participate in the International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competition.

See our Ethics Bowl link for more information about the upcoming March 4th competition; for information about the regional competitions in the fall; and for information about registering Ethics Bowlsm competitors to attend the Annual Meeting.

Colleges and universities across the United States and throughout the world who competed in the IEB’s Regional Competitions are invited to enter teams of undergraduate students in the Associations’ Twenty-first International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm. Attendance is open to Annual Meeting attendees and the general public.

For competitors who wish to also attend the Association’s Annual Conference, the Association pays the Annual Conference registration fee for the first 70 actively competing Ethics Bowl team members who register for the Annual Meeting, provided that they register for the Annual Meeting before January 9, 2018.

To enter a team or for more information, please contact: Richard Greene, IEB Executive Board Chair, Weber State University, PH (801)626-6694. Email; or visit our Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) web page.

Ethics and Error in Medicine Mini Conference

Ethics and Error in Medicine Mini Conference

March 3 – 4, 2018

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, in partnership with the Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, will host a mini-conference on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, in conjunction with the 2018 APPE Annual International Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

This mini conference will begin on Saturday afternoon and will continue on Sunday morning, concluding mid afternoon.

Conference attendees are invited to attend a reception Saturday evening, following the APPE Members meeting.

Cost:  $75 (includes the reception Saturday, morning coffee break and lunch on Sunday.)

Medical error cannot be completely avoided or foreseen. Nevertheless, it raises a host of ethical issues because of patients’ dependence on their doctors’ expert judgment and the effects of medical mistakes on patient safety and public health. Medical providers and hospitals may be ethically blameworthy if they do not take care to prevent mistakes, if they do not communicate honestly about mistakes, and if they do not respond justly and compassionately when mistakes happen.

Submissions for individual or panel presentations for the mini conference are being accepted through the APPE EasyChair site.  Possible topics relating to the ethical implications of medical error include:

  • Risk factors for medical error
  • Preventing medical error
  • Disclosing medical error
  • Medical error and trust in health-care professions
  • Learning from medical error
  • Reporting a colleague’s medical error
  • Defensive medicine and medical error
  • History of medical error
  • Medical error v. medical malpractice
  • Economics of medical error
  • Coping with the results of medical error
  • Vulnerability and medical error
  • Different perspectives on medical error based on roles in the health-care system
  • International perspectives on medical error in different health-care systems
  • Links between medical error and error in professional ethics more generally


Please, see the Submission Instructions page  for additional information.  Deadline for submissions is October 27, 2017.

Click here to register for the conference and mini conference.

Teaching Research Ethics and Science Integrity Workshop

The workshop will provide a forum for novice and experienced research and STEM ethics instructors to hone their skills.  The Research Ethics & Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Special Interest Section (SIS), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) SIS, and the Online Ethics Center’s Life and Environmental Sciences Section will co-host Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in conjunction with the Twenty-seventh Annual Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Chicago, Illinois.  Read More

Conversation and Networking at the Conference

The Table Topic Lunches at the Annual Conference have become an attendee favorite!  At these lunches, we identify tables for informal conversation around topics of special interest. Topics may be on any area of practical and professional ethics including such areas as current ethical issues in the news, ideas on how best to teach an area of practical ethics, career options and advancement, or new uses and abuses of technology in the classroom or workplace. Please send us an email, or notify us on your registration, if you would like to lead a specific table topic. If you are interested in participating in a Lunch Table Topic discussion, be sure to buy a lunch ticket in advance for the Friday and/or Saturday topic lunch. We will notify attendees through our Listserv of the topics that will be taking place, in the weeks prior to the conference. Tables will also be available for those who prefer impromptu discussion.

The Lunch Table Topics joins our long established and highly successful Lunch with Author.  We also have additional lunch offerings on Friday, including a lunch with our Keynote Speaker and a Business Ethics or bioethics lunch (depending on the keynote speaker topic.)

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