Vídeos of public health and COVID webinars

Videos of the webinars held November 30 and December 2 and 3, now available.

  1. Citizen participation and COVID
  2. Paternalism versus freedom
  3. Transparency and communication

Webinars organized in the partnership between the Spanish Society for Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS) and Grifols Foundation Chair of Bioethics UVic-UCC.

Webinars of Public Health

Webinars 30 November, 2and 3 December.

For several years, we have been organizing an annual seminar with the Spanish Society for Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS) to discuss key issues in public health. Unfortunately, this year we are unable to meet in person, and we have therefore chosen a virtual format with three sessions opened to public.



Registration from 23 November

Meet the winners!

The jury has announced the winners of the 2020 Bioethics Awards.


Belén Jiménez, of the Open University of Catalonia, and Ignacio Brescó, of Aalborg University, for "Can artificial intelligence help us prepare for death? Ethical questions regarding chatbots for grief and the end of life."


The team led by Laura Martínez of Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation for "The ethics of biomedical research in the context of COVID-19. (Evaluative quality of CEIm)."


The team led by Anna Falcó and Loris Bonetti, with researchers from the University of Barcelona, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland and the Universitá degli Studi, Milan, for "Influence of the health crisis as a result of COVID-19 in ethical conflicts of intensive care professionals in Catalonia and Lombardy. (Quali – ETIC – COVID-19 Research)."


Rebeca Pardo of the International University of Catalonia and Montse Morcate of the University of Barcelona for "The ethics of images of illness, death and grieving in times of COVID-19."


The team led by Josefina Goberna of the University of Barcelona for "Giving birth in times of the COVID-19 pandemic: Ethical implications of maternity care."


The team led by Andrea Rodríguez-Prat of the International University of Catalonia for "Death in solitude from the perspective of COVID-19 survivors. A phenomenological study."


To the research team of Joaquín Hortal (Clinical Ethics Committee Granada North-east), Maite Cruz (Andalusian School of Public Health) and Javier Padilla ( Guadix High Resolution Hospital) for "Una de cal y otra de arena: citizen suspicion of COVID-19 vaccination and rejection of the flu vaccine among health professionals."


Jordi Muñoz of the University of Barcelona for "Health, democracy and freedom. The ethical and political dilemmas of the pandemic."



Documentary "Ole mi coño, fighting back against cyber blackmail" by Patricia Franquesa, produced by Gadea Films and Ringo Media.


Special mention for the documentary Segundina Flores by Clara Camprubí, produced by Looky Produccions.



First prize for Genome editing by Carlos Barata, student at  La Salle, Girona.


Second prize for Female genital mutilation by Noa Calvo, student at l'Institut Dertosa, Tortosa.


Third prize for The diseases of poverty. Beyond a health problem by Bet Corominas, student at Escola Pia, Mataró.


Total submissions were: 48 grants, 134 audiovisual projects, and 15 high school projects

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.