University of Oslo


Contact persons:  Bjørn Hofmann and Kristin Bakke Lysdahl
City/country: Oslo, Norway
E-mail addresses: and
Website: The Centre for Medical Ethics at the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo (UiO) is the oldest and largest public institution of research and higher learning in Norway, with 27,000 students and 7,000 employees.  UiO consists of 8 faculties which cover the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, as well as medicine, law, theology, and dentistry. The university is recognized for its emphasis on inter- and transdisciplinary research. It has 8 centers of excellence and is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway – and one of the World’s Top 100 universities, according to the Shanghai World Ranking.

The Centre for Medical Ethics (CME) at the Institute for Health and Society, the Faculty of Medicine, combines competency from medicine, social science, and ethics. The centre teaches and supervises medical and odontology students in medical ethics, and is responsible for the Faculty’s PhD teaching program in philosophy of science, research ethics and science ethics. CME is conducting research within the different subject areas of medical ethics, and current research priorities are within: The Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine and Health Care, The Research Ethics of Medicine and Health Science, and Ethics in Clinical Medicine and Health Care. The key staff at the institute has ample experience in coordinating large international projects, including those commissioned by the EU. For example, the Centre for Medical Ethics has received considerable grants from the Norwegian Research Council and from the European Union on projects on social, legal and ethical aspects of new technologies.

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