Cumberland Lodge Colloquia Scheme 2016

Cumberland Lodge offers PhD students and early career researchers a platform to shape ethical debate through its annual Cumberland Colloquia Scheme, and applications to host the autumn 2018 Colloquium are now open.

A Cumberland Colloquium provides PhD students or early career researchers with an opportunity to develop an academic conference from scratch with guidance and mentoring from the experts at Cumberland Lodge. 

Now in its fifth year, the Cumberland Colloquia Scheme has supported nine colloquia covering diverse topics ranging from challenges posed by advances in biotechnology, the corporate responsibility to protect human rights, whether the car has an ethical and sustainable future, and how discourses of religious otherness can be challenged to build a more inclusive society.  

We particularly welcome applications which relate to identities and belonging.

'New conversations'

The experience of developing and running a Cumberland Lodge Colloquium is held in high regard by former participants.  

Colloquium Committee Principal of ‘Population Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Birth and Death’, held in September 2016, commented: "The involvement and support of Cumberland Lodge has greatly helped me in starting new conversations across disciplinary boundaries and to attract interesting people to this event.  This has built up my list of contacts with people in different fields, greatly improving my ability to collaborate on innovative research. The prestige of this event has also been wonderful to have on my CV."

This is a fantastic opportunity to design a colloquium that will stimulate discussion on a contemporary issue of ethical importance.

How to apply

Applications to organise and host the autumn 2018 colloquium are now open.  

Please see the application form in the Downloads box on this page and email your completed group application to the Education Officer's Assistant, Alice Wigley, at Applications close on Friday 27 October 2017.

The Colloquia scheme flyer is also available to download from this page. Please feel free to share this with fellow students and colleagues.

For more information about the scheme, please contact our Education Officer, Dr Rachel Smillie, at

Previous colloquia

Previous colloquia are listed below, with links to the official post-event reports. For a full list of conference titles, and all colloquium-related resources, please see here.