Lifestyle diseases - Responsibility and Ethics


Monday 11 June  

A. Lifestyle-related diseases: What is the ethical landscape?

13:00-13:05 Welcome / Director of NordForsk Dr. Arne Flåøyen

13:05-13:15 Introduction / Chair of the Nordic Bioethics Committee Prof. Ingemar Engström

13:15-14:00 “Lifestyle-related diseases as a challenge to public health systems” (Prof. Kirsi Pietiläinen, Director of the Obesity Unit, Helsinki-Uusimaa Hospital District, Finland)

14:00-14:30 “Are we responsible for our lifestyle choices? – Philosophical reflections” (Lecturer Morten Ebbe Juul Nielsen, “Governing obesity” -project, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 

14:30-15:00 Coffee 

B. Nordic governmental interventions I: Ethical and societal implications

15:00-15:30 “Changes in lifestyle governance due to social and health field reorganization in the Nordics” (Research Director Matilda Hellman, CEACG, University of Helsinki, Finland)

15:30-16:00 “Nudging in the Nordic countries - what is it and is it ethical?” (Prof. Kalle Grill, Umeå, Sweden)

16:00-16:30 “What can we prohibit in liberal countries: example of beer ban in Iceland” (Prof. Helgi Gunnlaugson, University of Iceland)

16:30-17:00 Discussion  

Tuesday 12 June 

C. Nordic governmental interventions II: Ethical and societal implications

09:00-09:30 “Tobacco endgame - Swedish style” (Prof. Ingemar Engström, Örebro University, Sweden)

09:30-10:00 “Cannabis/drug use - health impacts and policy concerns” (Senior Researcher Jasmina Burdzovic, FIH/Oslo, Norway)  

10.00-10.30 Coffee 

10.30-11:00 “Nutrition recommendations, responsible consumers and lazy gluttons – who is responsible for healthy eating” (Prof. Pia Jallinoja, University of Tampere, Finland)

11:00-11:30 “Diet and physical activity programs in schools: lessons learnt” - (Prof. Nanna Lien, University of Oslo, Norway)  

Lunch 11:30-12:30 

D. Responsibility of an individual / corporations / society?

12:30-13.00 “Will there ever be “responsible” consumption of alcohol?” (Former Director of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health / Chair of the Research Council of Systembolaget [Swedish Alcohol Monopoly] Maria Renström, Sweden)

13:00-13:30 “Gorging in Dworkin: Corporate freedom and individual responsibility” (Prof. Christopher Newdick, University of Reading, UK)

13:30-14:00 “Saturated society: regulating lifestyles in consumer capitalism” (Prof. emeritus Pekka Sulkunen, University of Helsinki, Finland)


14:00 Panel discussion: Public health or personal health? 

Panelists: Speakers / TBA


15:00 Closing and Departure

The conference is free of charge, but the participants pay their own travel and accommodation costs.

Venue: Unioininkatu Juhlahuoneisto (Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki City Center)

Contact: Senior Adviser Marianne Aastebøl Minge (NordForsk)