Selecting venues for AMIA events and conferences: guiding ethical principles

Christoph U. Lehmann, Kate Fultz Hollis, Carolyn Petersen, Paul R. Demuro, Vignesh Subbian, Ross Koppel, Anthony E. Solomonides, Eta S. Berner, Eric C. Pan, Julia Adler-Milstein, Kenneth W. Goodman

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A discussion and debate on the American Medical Informatics Association's (AMIA) Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) Working Group listserv in 2021 raised important issues related to a forthcoming conference in Texas. Texas had recently enacted a restrictive abortion law and restricted voting rights. Several AMIA members advocated for a boycott of the state and the scheduled conference. The discussion led the AMIA Board of Directors to request that the organization's Ethics Committee provide general guidance for principle-based venue selection. This document recommends overarching principles for the venue selection for future AMIA events and conferences. Discussions by the AMIA Board, the Ethics Committee, and the ELSI Working Group informed these recommendations, and this document on guiding principles was approved by the AMIA Board of Directors in April 2022.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1319-1322
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2022


  • biomedical informatics
  • conference
  • conference planning
  • conference requirements
  • right to science
  • scientific freedom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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