The World Congress of Bioethics (WCB) has reserved sleeping rooms and accommodations at the following locations in close proximity to the conference for the duration of the meeting dates:

Sheraton 2

Sheraton Philadelphia University City


3549 Chestnut Street 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 

Phone: +1 215-387-8000

The Study at University City


20 S 33rd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 1+ 215-387-1400 

Study At University City
Inn At Penn

The Inn at Penn


3600 Sansom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: +1-215-222-0200


University of Pennsylvania
Plenary Meetings: Irvine Auditorium
Breakouts, Exhibits, Poster Hall: Houston Hall
3401 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Houston Hall, Lobby East/West
3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Registration Desk will be located in the main Lobby East/West of Houston Hall. Be sure to stop at the Registration Desk to check in and pick up your lanyard with your name badge and other important conference materials held at registration. Your admission and tickets for the evening events will be located behind your name badge if you pre-registered for these events.

Each attendee is responsible for picking up his/her own name badge from the Registration Desk. Attendees from the same group or center must visit the Registration Desk individually to claim their lanyards/name badges. 

The Registration Desk Team will not hand out multiple name badges for members of the same group or center to a single attendee.

The Registration desk will be staffed an hour before the start of the academic program each day.


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Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The WCB 2020 Exhibit Hall will be open in
Houston Hall Bodek Lounge on the University of Pennsylvania campus the following days and hours. Please visit our exhibitors and thank them for their support.

Friday, June 19, 2020            7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 20, 2020      7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 21, 2020          6:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Click here
for more information about exhibits and sponsorship opportunities.


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Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Poster presentations will be available during designated sessions and will displayed for an extended period on that day for meeting attendees to fully peruse the research. Authors must be available to discuss their work and answer questions only during their assigned session time.

Detailed instructions for preparation of oral or poster presentations will be included with abstract acceptance notifications.

Poster presenters are asked to remove their posters by 7:00 a.m. on the date following their poster session. If any posters remain prior to the next poster session, they will be removed and stored at the Registration Desk.

Posters not claimed before 7:00 a.m. Sunday, June 21, will be stored at the Registration Desk and can be collected when the conference ends. Posters left at the Registration Desk beyond 2:30 p.m. on that date will be discarded.

IAB, WCB, and Talley Management Group will not be held responsible for any posters left at the Registration Desk beyond 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.


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The suggested dress code is business casual for all events. Please pack accordingly and make sure to bring a jacket or sweater, as meeting rooms can be cold, and a rain jacket as it may rain at times.


Expect average temperatures to range from 25°C (78°F) to 29°C (85°F) during the day with sun and some humidity.  Nights cool down a bit to range between 15°C (60°F) to 19°C (67°F).


Air conditioning inside the hotel can make the interior temperature cold, so remember to dress in layers and bring a sweater or jacket.


Philadelphia is in the Eastern Time Zone and observes daylight savings.


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From Philadelphia International Airport: The Philadelphia International Airport is located approximately 20 minutes Penn’s campus.  SEPTA’s Airport Regional Rail runs directly to the University City station.


Transportation Costs from Airport:
UberX:  $21-$30
Lyft:  $21-$32
Taxi:  $28-$40

Public Transportation:
 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)—Philadelphia’s mass transit system—operates a coordinated system of bus, subway, train, and trolley lines that cover all of Philadelphia and parts of the surrounding counties. Exact change ($2.50), a SEPTA Key, or a One-Day Pass is required. The SEPTA Travel Center @Penn, located in the Penn Bookstore, can help you to plan your trip. The SEPTA Regional Rail system (reporting marks SEPA, SPAX) is a commuter rail network serving the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. The system has 13 branches and more than 150 active stations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, its suburbs and satellite towns and cities. The SEPTA Regional Rail ticket price is currently $6.75 if bought at the station or $8 if bought on the train


From 30th Street Train Station: Penn’s campus can be reached from 30th Street Station by foot (15 minutes walking), by cab, or rideshare service, or via SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line (one stop to 34th and Market Streets).


Campus Parking: Parking can take time to navigate given Penn’s urban setting. Please allow ample time to park and make your way to the conference. Metered street parking may be available (look for the green kiosks) and nearest garages are noted below (prices vary):

Penn Museum Garage

Chestnut 34 Garage

Walnut 38 Garage

Walnut 40 Garage (next to The Fresh Grocer)

Consult the Penn transportation and parking map for additional information.


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Please reach out to the meetings and events department at to inquire about press coverage during the Congress. 


The IAB requests that you place your mobile phones on vibrate or silent as a courtesy to others.  Use of photographic, video or recording devices, as well as tweeting or other messaging during the sessions is permitted as long as it does not interfere unduly with the program, or is restricted by speakers, session chairs, or others authorized to impose limits.


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Philadelphia is extremely well connected, has a rich cultural past and present, and offers a wide range of accommodation in walking distance of a conference site with world class facilities at reasonable rates. 

Philadelphia International Airport serves a total of 130 non-stop destinations, including 38 international destinations in 20 countries. A highly affordable airport train provides ready access to the university and the city center in as little as 20 minutes from the Terminal.  Rail connections put much of the northeast corridor from Washington DC to New York City in a two hour reach, including four further international Airports (JFK/New York City, Newark Liberty Airport, Baltimore Washington International, and Dulles/Washington DC).  In addition, two major domestic airports are located within the same radius (Reagan/Washington DC and LaGuardia/New York City). 

Vibrant culture:
Philadelphia occupies a unique place in the history of the USA.  What became later known as Independence Hall was the venue for both the Declaration of Independence and a meeting place to draft and adopt the United States Constitution.  The University of Pennsylvania, founded by Benjamin Franklin in the mid-18 century, established the first medical school in 1765, and was the first higher education institution to be named a university in 1779.  

Philadelphia is now the fifth most populous city in the USA and is home to three major research universities with 120,000 students combined. 
It is the base of the American College of Physicians and the home of the Mütter Museum, an outstanding institution of medical history. Philadelphia has a vibrant sports, music, dining and art scene, more art in the public realm than any other American city, and, with Fairmount Park, the world’s largest landscaped urban park. A new bicycle share program and an excellent public transport system enable efficient inner-city travel. 

For more information on what to do in Philadelphia, visit


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Meeting Management

Talley Management Group

19 Mantua Road

Mt. Royal, NJ 08061

P: (856) 423-7222 ext. 430



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