Social Cohesion in Times of Uncertainty, September 2017

Cumberland Lodge offers PhD students and early career researchers a platform to shape ethical debate by organising a two-day residential conference, through its Cumberland Colloquia Scheme.

This scheme provides PhD students or early career researchers with an opportunity to develop an academic conference from scratch with guidance and mentoring from our staff.

Over the last six years we have supported ten colloquia, on diverse topics ranging from challenges posed by advances in biotechnology, to 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.  

'New conversations'

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

The chair of our September 2016 committee on ‘Population Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Birth and Death’, said: '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.'

Previous colloquia

The topics of some of our recent 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.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 have now closed.  Applications to organise and host an event in 2019 will open in autumn 2018.

Find out more

The Colloquia scheme flyer can also be downloaded from this page. Please feel free to share this with fellow students and colleagues.

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