Annual Meeting

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.

Join the APPE Listserv to get the most current information about the upcoming 2018 Annual Conference!  Contact the APPE office at to join!

Please, see the list of Important Deadlines at the bottom of this page for specific submission deadlines.


Keynote Speaker


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 TBA.

Annual Conference Program Tracks for 2018

The 2018 Program Tracks are in the process of being updated on the Program Track page and being sent out to the Listserv, as they have been completed.

These tracks include Bioethics, Business Ethics, Education Ethics, Engineering, Science and Technology Ethics, Empirical Ethics, Journalism and Media Ethics, and Law and Society Ethics.

Special Program Topics for the 2018 Conference are: TBA

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Annual Conference Saturday Social Hour

The Annual Saturday Social Hour will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7 pm.  The cost for attendance is $15 and tickets can be purchased through your registration.  The Association will provide some light hors d’oeuvres and attendees are encouraged to purchase refreshments of their choosing.  In addition, the opportunity to make reservations and stay for dinner, are also encouraged!

Information on venue (or any additional details) will be advertised through the APPE Listserv.  Be sure to purchase your ticket with your registration, as space is limited!

Companion Registration Rate

APPE offers a special Companion Registration rate to support APPE members and Annual Meeting attendees who wish to bring a non-APPE member companion with them to the conference. Restrictions DO apply.  Please, see below.

Companion registration also provides access to all of the Annual Meeting program sessions including the Keynote Address.


The $75.00 APPE Companion Registration rate is for non-APPE members and those not working as an ethics educator, researcher, or professional who attend the Annual Meeting with a registered participant. Please contact the APPE Office if you have any questions regarding eligibility for the companion registration rate: phone: 812.855.6450 or email at

To register someone as a companion, please access our online payment portal and click the on the Participation Fees section:  Please, click here to access our online payment portal.

If you prefer to pay by check, please contact the APPE office at 812.855.6450 or


(Submission acceptance is not yet open)

Submissions are invited on ethical issues in various fields (e.g., public administration, law, the environment, accounting, engineering, computer science, research ethics, business, medicine, health care, journalism, higher education) and on issues that cut across professions. Special consideration will be given to topics that deal with ethical issues which cut across at least two disciplines or professions and are co-authored by persons from different disciplines. Teaching demonstrations, discussion of moral education, and presentations on ethics curriculum development are welcome.


You do not need to be a member of the Association to make a submission. Submissions will be considered in the following categories: 1) Formal Papers or Individual Presentations; 2) Panel Discussions 3) Pedagogical Demonstrations for Teaching Ethics; 4) Case Study Presentation and Discussion, 5) Poster Presentations 6) Creative Arts Presentations 7) Author Meets the Critics; 8) Lunch with an Author. You may submit materials in more than one category. In practice, one individual submission per person will be accepted, with the exception of Lunch with an Author and Author Meets the Critics.

Authors – please note –  Contact the APPE offices if you have a current publication in Ethics or a related subject. In addition, let us know if you would like your book considered for a Lunch with Author or Author Meets the Critics session.

Special Notice:

Submissions will be accepted through EasyChair.  Please, click on the following link to be directed to the APPE Submission page: APPE EasyChair.

Please, see the Submission Instructions page and the Special Paper Competitions page for additional information.

Hotel Information

The Twenty-seventh Annual Conference is being held at the Hilton Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois: 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603

The Hilton Palmer House Hotel features an indoor pool, three-level health club with an on-site spa, and beautiful guest rooms. When you stay at the Palmer House Hilton, you’re in the heart of downtown Chicago. And all of the many attractions that have put this area on the map and bring it to life are within a short stroll or cab ride. Among others, Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Theater, and the Magnificent Mile are all within a short distance of the hotel.

More information will be available soon on the Hotel Information page.

Transportation Information

When taking public transportation from O’Hare International Airport, take the Blue Line train to Monroe/Dearborn stop. Take Monroe east to the hotel. The Palmer House is on the south side of the street. From Midway Airport, take the Orange Line from Midway to downtown. Get off at the Adams/Wabash stop. The Palmer House is located on the west side of Wabash Avenue.

Local Airports

Chicago-O’Hare International Airport
Distance from hotel: 18 mi.
Drive time: 35-60 min.

Directions: Follow signs for I-190 out of airport. Take I-190 to I-90/94 east (Kennedy Expressway). Take I-90/94 to Monroe Street exit, turn left on Monroe Street (East) , Approximately 8 blocks to The Palmer House Hilton. Hotel is on the right.

Chicago Midway Airport
Distance from hotel: 12 mi.
Drive time: 30-45 min.

Directions: North on Cicero Avenue. Take Stevenson Expressway (I-55) Northeast to Kennedy Expressway (I-90) West. Exit Monroe Street, turn right (East), 8 blocks to The Palmer House Hilton. Hotel is on the right.

For additional transportation options, please see the Hotel Information page.

Features at the Annual Conference

Conversation and Networking at the Annual 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.)

More Pages of Interest for the Annual Conference

Graduate and Early Career Scholars’ Seminar in Teaching Ethics

Ethics Center Colloquium

Media Ethics Division Meeting

Author Meets the Critics and Lunch with and Author

Ethics Bowl

Twenty-second Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm

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.