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Introduction: all of the future exists in the past?


The 25th anniversary of the European Association of Centres for Medical Ethics (EACME) was celebrated at the 2012 annual conference of the association, which was hosted by the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol, in the splendid surroundings of Wills Hall (Huxtable, 2012). The conference provided an opportunity not only to look back, but also to look forward, and thus to explore how European bioethics has evolved in the lifetime of EACME and how it might develop in the future.