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
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.
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:
Telemedicine in times of pandemic: A care ethics perspective
Fondation Brocher, Hermance, 22-23 June 2021
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
Lazare Benaroyo is professor of biomedical ethics and philosophy of medicine at the Faculty of biology and medicine and head of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Unit (Ethos), at the University of Lausanne.
Nadja Eggert is currently research fellow in ethics at Ethos, an interdisciplinary ethics platform, at the University of Lausanne. She is also lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Biology. Her research focuses on the ethical issues in relation to the use of technology in medical care.
Roberto Andorno is a Privatdozent of bioethics and medical law at the Faculty of Law, and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine of the University of Zurich. One of this research interests is the relationship between human dignity, vulnerability and suffering.
Anna Magdalena Elsner is SNF Marie Heim-Vögtlin Research Fellow at the Romanisches Seminar and the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich. After receiving her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2011, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at King’s College London.