New dates

The conference will now be held on 18 and 19 February 2021

The International Bioethics Conference, due to take place on 12 and 13 November 2020 at the University of Vic, will now take place on 18 and 19 February 2021. In light of the ongoing uncertainty, and in order to ensure that speakers and delegates are able to attend, we have decided to postpone the conference until 2021.

We will keep you informed about the conference programme, presentations and registration.

Two grants to be awarded for bioethics and COVID research

Each research grant is worth 5,000 euros

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the many ethical questions raised by the management of this health crisis, the Foundation has decided to promote specific research into this issue. This will be supported by two research grants, worth 5,000 euros each (in addition to the six grants we normally offer) for projects which address these questions.


Two of the grants for this year's funding round will be reserved for projects related to ethical aspects of COVID-19.


The final date for the submission of grant applications has been extended until 30 June.


Ethics and COVID-19 in residential care centres

The Uvic–UCC Chair of Bioethics has contributed to a document on ethical and clinical decisions in residential care centres

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a particular threat to residential care centres, due to the vulnerability of residents, resource restrictions and the pressure on other areas of the system, all of which are compounded by the impact on care professionals. The Chair of Palliative Care, the Grífols Foundation Chair of Bioethics and the C3RG research group, all of whom are affiliated to the Centre of Social and Health Studies at the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), in partnership with other professionals, have drawn up a document which is designed to provide tools to support decision-making in these centres.


The document takes as its starting point the current crisis, with the attendant restrictions on both internal and external resources, and the need to respect both residents and the professionals who care for them, doing everything possible to provide care of the highest quality. It includes methods and advice for diagnosis, evaluation of resources, handling the relationship with the family, the patient and the care team, and referral criteria.



Participation in document on ethical decisions in health emergencies

It includes recommendations for intensive care units (ICU)

The Grifols Foundation Chair of Bioethics, working in partnership with the C3RG research group and the Chair of Palliative Care at UVIC-UCC, has helped draw up a document containing recommendations for intensive care units (ICU) with respect to difficult ethical decisions in emergency situations, such as those arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic.


The document, drafted by the ethics group of the Spanish Intensive Medicine Society (Semicyuc), has been approved by 18 scientific societies and other bioethics institutions. The issues it addresses include ethics in decision-making, prioritization, the principle of proportionality, and transparency, and it is designed to be a tool to assist health professionals and institutions in Spain at a time when the system is under severe stress.


Activities temporary suspended

All lectures, courses and seminars are cancelled until further notice!

As a result of the situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have no choice but to cancel all scheduled activities for the coming weeks. This means that all lectures, courses and seminars will be cancelled, with the exception of online activities.


We hope to be able to reschedule these activities at some point. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn, where we will continue to share information about bioethics.

Savia group contributes to the Foundation

Donation will support bioethics activities

On 17 February, representatives of Savia, a company specializing in industrial engineering, visited the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation to present a donation to support the Foundation's bioethics activities.

As part of its corporate responsibility policy, Savia allocates a share of its profits to social activities. This company, which produces cutting-edge technology, values the people who work for it as one of its biggest assets. And, in line with this philosophy, the firm is committed to giving back to society in recognition of how much it has received.

Ethics and Science Awards

The jury has announced this year's results.

First prize to "Planeta B" (Planet B) from Institut Rafael Casanova, Sant Boi de Llobregat.


Second prize to "Electrónica y TEA" (Electronics and ASD) from Salesianos Pamplona, Sarriguren.


Third Prize to "Bioética" from Escola Pia, Granollers.


Special mention:


  • "1,2,3 Acció" from Institut Antoni Pous i Argila, Manlleu.
  • Som CEA from Institut Sunsi Móra, Canet de Mar.


You can follow the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation on Instagram. You can find us at @bioeticahub , where we will be sharing news and information about our educational, scientific and audiovisual projects. 

And the Foundation also has a social media presence on Facebook. Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube

Meet the winners!

The jury of the Bioethics Prizes and Grants has announced the winners of this year's awards

Mª del Carmen Gete-Alonso y Calera and Judith Solé Resina, of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, for: "Las nuevas maternidades y paternidades, las ‘nuevas formas' de tener hijos y sus implicaciones éticas." ["New maternities and paternities: the ‘new ways' of having children and their ethical implications."]
Jordi Mundó Blanch of the University of Barcelona for "Pacientes agentes. Repensar la autonomía del paciente desde una perspectiva fiduciaria." ["Agent patients. Rethinking patient autonomy from a fiduciary perspective."]

Alberto Sandiumenge Camps of Vall d'Hebron University Hospital for: "Evaluación de la influencia de la implementación de programas de donación en asistolia controlada en los cuidados a final de la vida." ["Evaluating the influence of the implementation of donation programmes in controlled asystole in end of life care."]
César Palacios González of Oxford University for: "La Ética de las Técnicas de Remplazo Mitocondrial para Tratar la Infertilidad." ["The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques to Treat Infertility."]
To the team led by Maria F. Jiménez Herrera of Rovira i Virgili University for "Sensibilidad moral de estudiantes de enfermería de grado y posgrado; Traducción, validación y adaptación al castellano del ‘Moral Sensitivity Questionnaire de Lützen et al.' y validación del ‘Sensibilidad Moral en los Cuidados Enfermeros' de Campillo." ["Moral sensibility of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students: Translation, validation and adaptation into Spanish of Lützen et al.'s ‘Moral Sensibility Questionnaire' and validation of ‘Moral Sensibility in Nursing Care' by Campillo."]
To the team led by Gonzalo Díaz Cobacho and Alberto Molina Pérez  of the University of Granada for "Pluralismo y muerte: Desafíos éticos y actitudes de los profesionales en relación a la diversidad de criterios en la determinación de la muerte." ["Pluralism and death: ethical challenges and attitudes of professionals with respect to the diversity of criteria when determining death."]

Senior high school prizes:

First prize to "Medicina digna, muerte digna" ["Dignified Medicine, Dignified Death"] by Anna Carbó Bel, Instituto Dertosa, Tortosa.

Second prize to "El legado del Dr. Víctor Frankenstein" ["The legacy of Dr. Víctor Frankenstein"] by Diana Gallardo Pérez and Mar Trinidad Fernández of Instituto Salvador Espriu, Barcelona.

Third prize to "El maltrato animal" ["Mistreatment of animals"] by Paula Cama i Pou of Instituto de Celrà.

Audiovisual prize:
Documentary short, "Bailar la locura" ["Dancing madness"] by Marta Espar.

There were a total of 43 applications for grants, 12 high school prizes, and 116 audiovisual projects. The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation would like to thank all applications for their support, and looks forward to working with them in the future.

The awards will be presented on 21 October, at 19:00 at Casa de la Convalescència (Barcelona).


Partnership between the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation and Friends of UNESCO

Partnership agreement to organize a season of lectures on bioethics.

The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation and Barcelona Friends of UNESCO have signed a partnership agreement to organize a season of lectures on bioethics. The lectures are part of the "Spaces for reflection" project, and will provide a forum to debate issues such as human reproduction, the handling of health information, loneliness, ageing and the end of life.


Barcelona Friends of UNESCO is a non-profit organization and was founded 59 years ago. It was the first UNESCO organization to be created in Spain.  Its objectives include raising awareness of UNESCO's founding values, which are linked to culture, education and science.


Photo: Núria Terribas, Director of the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation, and Rosa Pujol, director of Friends of UNESCO.