The UK will host the 13th World Congress of International Bioethics Association in Scotland’s beautiful capital, Edinburgh, in June 2016.

The theme of the congress will be:

 Individuals, Public Interests and Public Goods:

What is the Contribution of Bioethics?


The Congress is supported by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Wellcome Trust.

The venue for IAB2016 will be the Edinburgh International Conference Centre which has state-of-the-art facilities and a capacity for up to 1,200 delegates. Scotland’s capital city is widely regarded as a global leader in many areas of research and development in medicine, new technologies and the life sciences, with notable developments in genetics, cloning, stem cell research and liver transplantation, for example, and also to the social, ethical and legal assessment and critique of these innovations.

Key features of IAB2016 will include:

  • Masterclasses for early career researchers
  • Poster competitions
  • Ethics and Art exhibitions
  • Support for delegates from lower income countries
  • Satellite meetings for affiliated associations

The 13th IAB Congress and will be coordinated by an Organising Committee consisting of:

  • Professor Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London;
  • Professor Deborah Bowman, Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St. George’s, University of London;
  • Professor Graeme Laurie, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, School of Law, University of Edinburgh (Chair of the Organising Committee);
  • Professor Heather Widdows, John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, Head of Research for Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham

The University of Edinburgh’s Mason Institute is delighted to be the coordinating research centre for IAB2016. Sincere thanks go to our Development Officer, Patricia Murray, and to one of our Deputy Directors, Nayha Sethi, for all their input in making this bid a success.

Watch this space for upcoming details!

Edinburgh to host International Bioethics Association Congress in 2016
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