The Scientific Committee of the International Society of Bioethics (SIBI) is competent for proposing, organising, implementing and developing all scientific tasks responding to the entity's aims, in accordance with articles 6, 7, 21 and 22.2 of the SIBI statutes.

         The Scientific Committee operates in accordance to its Regulations, which were ratified, with some amendments, on 11 December 1997, during the course of its first meeting, and in the meetings of the Scientific Committee of dates 15.12.2000, 30.9.2002 and 28.2.2003, and ratified by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation "International Society of Bioethics (SIBI)" in their meetings of December of 2002 and June of 2003.

         The Scientific Committee performs its tasks with complete independence, always within the SIBI's available economic resources.

         As expressed in its Charter of Principles the SIBI is an Society which aims are to promote reflection, analysis and open discussion on Bioethical issues; to support, disseminate and consolidate the knowledge of Bioethics in order to attain its full application in fields such as Medical, Biological, Environmental and Food Sciences and Technologies; to encourage legal and pedagogical developments regarding Bioethics at a national and international level, and to foster a legal, social and ethical analysis of any problem posed by scientific advances, especially in Medicine and Biotechnology. One of its main tasks is to disseminate the Bioethics Convention of Asturias and study in depth its contents and those of its Protocols. The SIBI carries out these tasks through its Scientific Committee

            Charter of Principles

         The following statement of principles and aims is declarative and non permanent. The Scientific Committee, internationally and independently, is aimed at:
  • Promoting, supporting, disseminating and consolidating the knowledge of Bioethics, with a view to foster its full application in fields such as medicine, biology, technology, the environment, etc.
  • Boosting cross-disciplinar inter-cultural and supranational analysis of the ethical and social consequences of scientific and technological advances and their applications, as well as encouraging, whenever necessary, further legal development of Bioethics.
  • Organising and attending scientific exhibitions and any other activity which directly or indirectly, partially or totally involves initiatives, sectors or movements related to or representing Bioethics.
  • Organising and/or implementing training initiatives regarding Bioethics.
  • Organising, implementing or participating in the production and edition of texts on Bioethics, preferably those which might be used as teaching materials in the different levels of the Spanish education system or of other systems abroad.
  • Exchanging criteria and experiences and supporting or working in co-operation with different national and international administrations, institutions, groups, associations, entities and societies, of private or public law, whenever useful for promoting and improving the knowledge, dissemination and consolidation of Bioethics.
  • Organising, implementing or participating in the production and edition of publications in the field of Bioethics.
  • Boosting the interest of citizens in an open, trans-cultural and democratic exchange of opinions on Bioethics.
  • Creating a library on Bioethics in the SIBI headquarters in Gijón and granting scholarships to study Bioethics there.
  • Granting a SIBI award on a biennial basis to the best published or otherwise disseminated work on Bioethics, according to the judgement of its Scientific Committee.

        There are currently 26 members of the SIBI Scientific Committee:

Marcelo Palacios President (Spain)
Paula Martinho da Silva Vice-President (Portugal)
Luís Martínez Roldan Secretary (Spain)
Laurence Azoux Bacrie (France)
Erwin Bernat (Austria)
Victoria Camps (Spain)
Erwin Deutsch (Germany)
Santiago Dexeus (Spain)
Rev. Maurice Dooley (Ireland)
Fatima Z. El Kebir (Algeria)
Jesús A. Fernández Suárez (Spain)
Volnei Garrafa (Brasil)
Santiago Grisolía (Spain)
Juán Ramón Lacadena (Spain)
Georges Kututkdjan (Lebanon)
Jean Michaud
Jacinthe Nkongolo (R.D.Congo)
Alain Pompidou (France)
Svitlana Pustovit (Ukranie)
Carlos Mª Romeo (Spain)
Margarita Salas (Spain)
Amos Shapira (Israel)
Francoise Shenfield (U.K)
Michèle S. Jean (Canada)
Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis. (Greece) (Vicepresident until 1.10.02)
Erin Williams (U.S.A) (Vicepresident until 13.05.13)

          They were also members in the past: José Egozcue Cuixart (Spain+), Guido Gerin (Italy +), Encarna Roca (Spain), José Elizalde (EU, Bruxelles), Ferenc Oberfrank (Hungary), Carlos de Sola (Council of Europe), M.Angel Comendador (Spain) and J. Kennedy (United Kimgdom), Hector Gros Espiell (Uruguay)


          The Scientific Committee initiated its activities in 1997 in an office of the Pink House, soon after was completely insufficient, owing the volume of work

          In year 2000 it was located in a ample first plant of nº 48 of the Cabrales street, in downtown.

          Finally, in April of 2003, the Scientific Committee of the SIBI was transferred to its new and definitive seat, in an historical building catalogued like artistic, deep and well recovered and located in the center of Gijón. Constructed between 1924 and 1927, he is firmly tie to the historical memory of the city and very is wanted by the gijonians since during many years lodged the Institute of Childrenhood, where it was made an important medical and social assistance of attention to the pregnancy and the children and its mothers, reason for which they affectionately denominate it like the “Drop of Milk”.

          FinallyThe Scientific Committe has its headquarters at:

Building with the seat of the SIBI

International Society of Bioethics (SIBI)
Plaza del Humedal, 3
33207 GIJÓN - Asturias - Spain
Telf.: +34 / 98 534 81 85 / + 34 985 35 46 66
Fax: +34 / 98 535 34 37
Web Site:

          The acts of inauguration of the renewed building counted on the presence of the Mayoress of Gijón and president of the Foundation SIBI, Paz Fernandez Felgueroso, the President of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, Vicente Alvarez Areces, Councilmen, Advisors and other authorities as well as numerous public and the president of the Scientific Committee of the SIBI, Marcelo Palacios, that were thankful brief and sincerely to the City Council of Gijón the cession to the International Society of Bioethics of good part of this emblematic building with its magnify facilities, which from then significantly contributes when dignify the scope of work and activities of the Scientific Committee.

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Above: Inauguration of the new headquarters with interventions of the Mayoress of Gijón and the President of the Government of the Principality of Asturias.
Down: Part of the attending public.

          In the previous days, and several days of opened doors, the building received the visit, in many cases evocativa and always moved by the provoked memories, of about 14,000 gijoneses.

          The International Society of Bioethics -that of independent form shares the building with the Municipal Foundation of Social Services and International Cooperation- occupies the three plants of the call “Tower of the Clock” and other enclosures considered like the noble part of the building.

          In the first plant are located the offices of the Secretariat and the Scientific Committee, the publication bookstore-exhibitor, as well as the beautiful glass and
woodwoork carved Library,

          In the second plant is the Assembly hall, with Amphitheatre, of quality and equal showy

          to those of the Library, with capacity for one hundred people and equipped with the necessary technicians devices for meetings and conferences.

          In the third flat of this tower there is an office for administrative tasks.

(In the entrance of the SIBI, a bust remembers the Dr D. Avelino González, whose persistence, dedication and professionalism made possible, saving difficulties, the construction of the building and, which reflects its human greatness, the extraordinary task that it developed)
International Society of Bioethics (SIBI)