Section for Ethics and Health Economics
ETØK Annual Seminar 2020

How is COVID-19 challenging our theories, views and assumptions?

The 2020 Annual Seminar for the Section for Ethics and Health Economics was held in Geilo from 26-27 August.

Members of Etøk
Members of ETØK and guests at the 2020 annual seminar in Geilo -
Kim Andreassen

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The ETØK annual seminar provided a welcome opportunity for a small gathering of researchers to discuss some of the new challenges that are surfacing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seminar programme included opportunities for ETØK members and guests to discuss individual standpoints as well as present projects and work in progress.

One of the highlights of the event was being able to welcome Paul Farmer* (Partners In Health and Harvard Medical School) as a guest speaker via Zoom.

The BCEPS (Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting) research group facilitated an engaging conversation with Dr. Farmer about how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities in health and wealth around the world. The conversation was moderated by BCEPS Director Ole Frithjof Norheim.

*Paul Farmer (MD, PhD) is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health.