APPE Conference




31st Annual APPE International Conference

Join us in person for APPE's 31st annual conference at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel (please read the important note about our COVID-19 safety protocols below)! APPE's Annual International Conference welcomes APPE members as well as nonmembers from various disciplines and professions. With nearly 100 sessions to choose from, the conference provides opportunities to acquire information on current and evolving research projects, obtain new resources for and updates in ethics education, learn best practices for professional and corporate ethics programs, and engage in thoughtful discussion on a plethora of ethics topics while having ample time for networking and the exploration of potential collaborations with practitioners, professionals, scholars and students who share your interest in practical and professional ethics.   

The APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl® also holds its national competition during the APPE annual conference. 

Schedule At-A-Glance

Thursday, Feb. 24
Arrival, Various Pre-Conferences, Opening Plenary, Concurrent Session #1, Opening Reception


  • Ethics Center Directors Summit (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; includes breakfast and lunch)
  • APPE RISE® Pre-Conference Symposium (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Society, Culture, and Value: Ethical Decision Making During a Global Pandemic (9 a.m. to Noon; Learn more)
  • Graduate Seminar (Noon to 3 p.m.)

Opening Plenary
Dr. Kim TallBear: Indigenous Inclusion, Reconciliation, and Decolonization in Science 

Dr. TallBear is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Society of Alberta. She will be addressing us via Zoom.

Friday, Feb. 25
First Timers and International Attendees Breakfast, Various Breakfast SIS Meetings, Concurrent Sessions, Lunch: Roundtable Topics, Keynote, Authors Reception, Poster Presentations, 30+1 (31st) Anniversary Reception

Keynote Speaker
Dr. S. Matthew Liao: Ethics of AI and Health Care: Towards a Substantive Human Rights Framework

Dr. Liao is the Arthur Zitrin Chair of Bioethics, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Professor of Global Public Health, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at New York University.  

Saturday, Feb. 26
Business Ethics SIS Meeting, Various Breakfast SIS Meetings, Concurrent Sessions, Awards Ceremony Luncheon, APPE IEB® Nationals 1st Round

Sunday, Feb. 27
APPE IEB® Nationals

Registration Fees:
Members: $300 | Nonmembers: $550 | Virtual: $75* | Students: $115** | Daily prices also available

*Virtual registration includes access to live and recorded Opening Plenary and Keynote Address. One room in each concurrent session will offer live videoconference access; included session titles TBA. Virtual participants can also submit a session proposal by Nov. 8.

**Includes an APPE student membership for one year. There are a limited number of student registration scholarships available. You may submit a request here.

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COVID-19 Protocols for the 31st Annual APPE International Conference

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics places the highest priority on the safety of all conference participants, the community we will visit, and the communities in which our participants live. As a group that encourages people to be ethically-minded and thoughtful, it is a basic expectation of the APPE Annual International Conference that participants act in APPE's standard considerate, respectful manner during all events and this includes showing a regard for the safety of one's fellow participants. Given this, APPE will require that conference participants comply with all CDC COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time our conference is heldWe expect participants to engage in behavior that will best ensure the safety of others, including physical distancing and mask wearing, even if vaccinated, whenever possible. 

It is our expectation that attendees will be fully vaccinated by the time of the conference unless advised otherwise by their physician. Those unable to be vaccinated must test negative for coronavirus within 48 hours prior to their arrival at the conference.

If a participant is unable or unwilling to comply with Covid-19 prevention protocols, we encourage you to attend virtually.