The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) 2022 Conference is coming to Cincinnati, OH – Call for Papers Announced

The 31st annual conference for the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) will be held February 24-27, 2022 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202.  They welcome people from various disciplines and professions.  With nearly 100 sessions to choose from, the conference provides opportunities to acquire information on current and evolving research projects, obtain new resources for and updates in ethics education, learn best practices for professional and corporate ethics programs, and engage in thoughtful discussion on a plethora of ethics topics while having ample time for networking and the exploration of potential collaborations with practitioners, professionals, scholars and students who share your interest in practical and professional ethics.   

The APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl® also holds its national competition during the APPE annual conference.  Students from the University of Cincinnati are the reigning champions after winning the 2021 competition in their inaugural appearance.

In addition to the Conference APPE will host a pre-conference, APPE Research Integrity Scholars and Educators (RISE) Consortium Symposium.  This is the third installment of the symposium taking place on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel.  The title of the 2022 APPE RISE Symposium is Building Trust in Science: Structural and institutional strategies for nurturing responsible research. The Symposium will explore structural factors that are critical for building cultures of responsible research. These structural factors may include organizational, professional, social, political, cultural, and practical features. 

Both the Conference and Symposium have announced a Call for Papers.  APPE invites individuals from every discipline and profession interested in advancing scholarship, teaching and a general understanding of applied ethics to submit proposals based on their work. The conference will have sessions in many discipline areas including business, engineering, government, law, media, and science, and on a wide variety of subject areas such as agricultural and environmental ethics, behavioral ethics, bioethics, business ethics, compliance, education, media ethics, and the ethics of technology and artificial intelligence. Proposals can be on ethical issues within or cutting across disciplines and professions.

In addition to papers and sessions on topics of general interest in applied and professional ethics, APPE particularly encourages submissions in the following special interest areas:

  • Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
  • Behavioral Ethics
  • Bioethics, Health & Medical Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • Education Ethics
  • Engineering, Science, Technology and Artificial Intelligence Ethics
  • Law, Government & Military Ethics
  • Media & Journalism Ethics
  • Moral Theory
  • Research Integrity
  • Social & Societal Ethics

Early career scholars and submissions associated with current events and emerging topics are particularly encouraged.

Submission Categories:

1) Panel Discussions
2) Individual Presentations
3) Case Studies
4) Pedagogical Demonstrations
5) Posters
6) Pre-recorded Flash Presentations
7) Author Meets Critics
8) Breakfast with an Author
9) Paper competitions and Awards (see below for more information).  

To help accommodate international members and members encountering difficulty travelling, we are offering a limited opportunity for fully synchronous virtual presentations.  When submitting, please indicate that you want your proposal considered for one of these openings, although they cannot guarantee that it will receive it.   

Generally, no more than one individual presentation per person will be accepted.  There is no limit to participation in co-authored presentations and panels. 

All submissions are due by Monday, October 4, 2021 and can be submitted via this link.

Paper Competitions and Awards:

Best Formal Paper by an Early Career Scholar:   $500 prize
Best Formal Paper by a Graduate Student:  $500 prize
Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award:  $250 prize
Best Formal Paper by an Undergraduate Student:   $250 prize

The RISE Symposium submission types are open to individual presentations and panel discussions. Submit your presentation proposal/abstract via this linkPlease contact Jiin-Yu Chen ( and Jon Herington ( with any questions. 

APPE is a multidisciplinary, international organization advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics. We facilitate and support scholarly and professional collaborations among teachers, scientists, business practitioners, engineers, government officials, researchers, the media, and all professionals concerned with the practical application of ethics and values.

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