A mere hundred years ago, World War I destroyed countries, civilizations, and millions of souls with devestating effect within four years. This centennial did not spur the decision for this topic primarily, but rather the notion that a European Society for the Research of Ethics has to face the reality of war at the gates of Europe and beyond. In recognition of respect of the rich and almost tantallising heritage of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Maribor in Slovenia was chosen as a fit venue, bearing witness to the inter-culturality and interwoven history of this region. Moreover, with its proximity to Sarajevo, where it all seemingly began, the location brought a certain depth and existiential dimension to the conference, the place itself embodying the shift of borders, populations and the redefinition of countries in the aftermath of the dreadful war in the 1990s.
The Institute Anton Martin Slomsek at Maribor thus served as the perfect conference venue for almost 70 academic from Europe, the USA, South America, Africa, and Australia.