Bucharest Conference in Applied Ethics
The Bucharest Conference in Applied Ethics (BCAE) was organized for the first time in October 2008 by Cristian Ducu as part of his work on Ethics & Compliance Management for SDG | Strategic Dynamics Group (former Smart Solutions & Support, Romania). Cristian intended the whole event as a dialogue platform for all those interested in Professional Ethics, but this objective was enlarged when he realized that the entire field of Applied Ethics.
Today, Bucharest Conference in Applied Ethics is organized by a consortium of organizations lead by the Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics. The consortium changes every year, depending on the main topic of the conference.
The main aim of this event is to show that between theories and practices should not be any kind of gap and that academics and practicians can work together for a coherent and sustained development of their fields of interest.
The number of participants, both Romanian and foreign, increased over the years from 14 to 46 in four years, without investing large amounts of money in advertising or other ways of promoting our event.
From 2013, a very competitive system has been introduced along with a participation fee meant to cover some of the general costs of the event. The competitive system refers to a way of stimulating high-quality submissions from Ethics Experts and other professionals and consists in a special award. The papers selected to be awarded the Applied Ethics Significant Contribution Award will be published in the European Journal of Applied Ethics and will receive special recognition.
The participation fee varies from one edition to another, but a limited number of fee weavers is available for Central and Eastern European PhD students, NGOs and public institutions representatives. Early registration is required for being considered for fee waiving. The fee waivers are offered on a highly competitive basis.
The first four editions were hosted by the Research Centre for Applied Ethics (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy), while the fifth will be organized under the auspices of the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Management. Depending on the budget and the targeted audience, we are planning to organize this conference in non-academic environments, in order to send a clear message that this event is not only for academics and that Applied Ethics should be approached not only by those with background in Philosophy or collateral fields (Law, Sociology etc.).