IAB Call for Papers


The International Association of Bioethics (IAB) and 2020 Program Planning Committee invite you to submit abstracts pertinent to bioethics and related fields for the 15th World Congress of Bioethics (WCB) and the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) pre-conference. Click the buttons below to access the abstract submission website and read more about the submission guidelines.

FAB Call for Papers


The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers for presentation at the 2020 World Congress (FAB 2020). The FAB World Congress will be held from June 17-18, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania.


FAB is affiliated with the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). The final event of FAB 2020 will be a plenary session run jointly with IAB 2020.


The FAB 2020 World Congress theme is Feminist Perspectives on Solidarity and Autonomy


Submissions are particularly welcome on this theme and associated topics. We will also welcome submissions on approaches to feminist bioethics and submissions that examine other bioethical issues from feminist perspectives.

  • Abstract Submission Timeline

    • August 7, 2019:   Abstract site opens for submission
    • November 4, 2019:   Deadline for abstract submission
    • December 16, 2019:   Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts
    • January 13, 2020:   Author response (accept/decline presentation)

Conference Theme


Autonomy and Solidarity: Bridging the Tensions


From the inception of bioethics, debates within bioethics have been focused—some might say, obsessed—with defining the scope and limitations of individual freedom, typically within the rubric of autonomy.  The concept remains central. But recent decades have broadened the overall focus of debate in two important ways.


First, bioethics has expanded beyond clinical and medical ethics to public health ethics.  That is, in addition to individual-centered issues arising in medical practice or research, scholars have considered the population-level, and addressed what individuals are owed—and what they owe—in contexts such as healthcare resource allocation, preparing for and responding to pandemics, or enabling healthy living and work environments.


Second, in parallel to economic globalization and a world brought closer together through the internet, there has been broader debate about how to respond to dramatic differences in life expectancy and quality of life across countries.  News and social media inform us about the consequences of poor health policy or research practices, natural disasters, or political turmoil occurring thousands of miles away. International governance structures seek to assist those in need, and many of the world’s more privileged individuals support those worse off outside of these formal arrangements—but the persistent inequality remains shocking.


The concept of solidarity cuts across both recent trends in bioethics, revealing the limitations of a bioethics narrowly focused on individual autonomy.  Solidarity with vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups enables autonomy at the local and global level. But its exact meaning, including what obligations people have to act in a solidaristic way, remains far from clear.


This conference, as all previous World Congresses, is open to the diverse conceptual and methodological approaches as well as disparate fields of enquiry that bioethics comprises.  We nonetheless hope that a major unifying theme that will run through the conference will be new perspectives on the boundaries of solidarity with those we identify with—or should identify with—as equally deserving of assistance, rights or respect.

Session Tracks & Themes


There are four formats for submissions: individual papers, posters, symposia, and workshops.
All types are organized in 10 tracks: 


1) Clinical and health care ethics

2) Research ethics

3) Public health ethics

4) Ethics of new technologies

5) Environmental and non-human animal ethics

6) Justice, human rights, law, health policy

7) Underrepresented minorities: emerging issues

8) Philosophy, history, religion studies

9) Arts and ethics

10) Other topics in bioethics


Click here for the full list of Session Tracks & Sub-Themes

Preliminary Meeting Agenda


Click Here to view the Preliminary Meeting Agenda


Additional Program Features


To promote effective networking and career advancement, there will be additional events taking place during the conference, as noted below:


  1. Junior-senior scholar mentorship breakfasts (each day, offers and interests to be indicated during abstract submission and registration)
  2. Meet-the-editor sessions (with 6 top journals in bioethics)
  3. Meet-the-sponsor sessions (5 top international and domestic research funders)
  4. Empirical methods workshops (systematic reviews, qualitative and quantitative work)
  5. Bioethics Careers session (mid-career and senior scholars discuss their trajectories
  6. Meetings of the IAB sub-networks over lunch;
  7. A free conference reception and a subsidized conference dinner


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