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Swiss Network of Ethics of Care

The Doctor, exhibited 1891; Sir Luke Fildes 1843-1927; Tate, Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894; Photography: © Tate, London 2017

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About the network

What is SNEC?

Founded in 2016, the Swiss Network of Ethics of Care (SNEC) provides scholars in Switzerland and abroad with a platform for exchange and collaboration within the field of ethics of care, especially in the context of the patient-healthcare professional relationship.


Aims of the Network

  • To foster awareness of the moral duty to care for the vulnerable in the healthcare context.

  • To support educational, research and policy initiatives aimed at promoting this goal.

  • To contribute to such initiatives through rigorous philosophical and interdisciplinary work.

  • To facilitate collaborative efforts among scholars in Switzerland and abroad in the field of ethics of care.


Key Activities

  • Research: SNEC serves as a documentation resource for researchers interested in the field of ethics of care

  • Meetings: SNEC organises international conferences within its scope of research.

  • Publishing: SNEC publishes in conference proceedings and journals the results of the Network’s collaborative research.


Membership to SNEC is free of charge and open to any researcher working on

related topics in Switzerland. To be added to the list of members, or for general

inquiries, please contact: 


Next events

Telemedicine in times of pandemic: A care ethics perspective
Fondation Brocher, Hermance, 22-23 June 2021
Organizing committee
Roberto Andorno, Lazare Benaroyo, Guenda Bernegger, Nadja Eggert, Anna Elsner, Ralf Jox, Isabelle Wienand


Telemedicine —the delivery of healthcare services at distance using information and communication technologies— offers a safe and cost-effective way to address the healthcare needs of patients no matter where they are. This technical possibility is particularly promising in the current circumstances of social/physical distancing, quarantine and isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite its obvious advantages, there are concerns about how the increasing use of telemedicine may impact the quality of care. This workshop aims to examine the ethical dimension of telemedicine from a care ethics perspective. The background question is: to what extent is the delivery of healthcare at distance compatible with an ethical approach that emphasizes the relational dimension of human beings and the importance of values such as benevolence, empathy and compassion in the physician-patient relationship? Special consideration will be given to particular categories of patients such as the elderly and those suffering from mental health issues.

Please note that this is a closed workshop (physical attendance is by invitation only). However, online access will be made available to those interested.  Please contact

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