Thank You Congress Sponsors & Supporters


Thank you, Sponsors & Exhibitors, for your continued support and involvement in the Virtual Congress. Due to your continuation, the Congress was able to pivot and go virtual, now reaching more colleagues from around the world in this new “virtual” setting.

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Thank You for the Additional Funding and Support
from The University of Pennsylvania 




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The International Association of Bioethics (IAB) links all those working in bioethics and related fields, facilitating mutual contact, and encouraging the discussion of cross-cultural aspects in bioethics. 


The 2020 World Congress of Bioethics (WCB), the largest gathering of bioethics thought-leaders in the world, was scheduled to take place June 19 – 21, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Due to COVID-19, it was relaunched as a virtual conference.


Note that the new format enables far longer exposure that would otherwise have been the case: registered attendees can access sessions a day before the conference officially launches, throughout the conference, and for 3 months afterward. Sponsors will have added visibility through the virtual platform with more opportunities for logo recognition, enhanced company listings, videos, and advertisements.


The academic conference takes place every two years, generally alternating in location between a high and low/middle income country (the past three WCBs were held in Bengaluru/India, Edinburgh/Scotland and Mexico City/Mexico). The two-and-a-half-day conference brings together around 1,000 participants and has two main aims: First, as the field’s only global conference, it seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary and cross-national discussion of cutting-edge issues in bioethics, and showcase agenda setting perspectives. Second, it seeks to broaden the field of researchers across the globe. Rotating the host location is one dimension of this effort, as this reduces travel and accommodation barriers. Another is that conference fees are tiered to make attendance affordable for high, middle, and low-income participants, as well as early career researchers. In addition, there are bursaries for participants from low/middle income countries. The Congress is not profit generating and needs to be funded through conference fees and sponsorship. For the 2020 conference we are expecting around half of participants to come from high income countries, and around a quarter each from low- and middle-income countries. The new virtual format should enable a far larger number of colleagues from around the world to join, and we are reaching more than 10,000 people working in bioethics via our mailing list and lists administered by members of the IAB board, the WCB advisory committee, and others.


The conference theme is Solidarity and Autonomy – Bridging the Tensions.


In addition to the menu list shown on the linked prospectus, opportunities are also available (subject to IAB 2020 Organizing Committee approval) for sponsors to become associated with specific themes and/or specific session(s) during the conference.



The exhibit hall will be moving to the virtual platform, the mock floor plan will allow attendees to navigate through each company’s enhanced listing with added visibility to promote their program, services, provide handouts/literature, and video demonstrations. The Congress is also adding a new feature of a virtual scavenger hunt, not previously planned for the live in-person meeting, where attendees will submit a brief survey after engaging with each exhibitor’s profile and materials.  Winners will be selected at random and prizes will be awarded. The Planning Committee felt like the scavenger hunt was a value-add worth including to help drive attendees to the virtual exhibit hall.


Click here for more information about exhibits and sponsorship opportunities.



The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB), a sub-network of the IAB, will meet before the WCB, also virtually, on June 17-18, 2020. The goals of the FAB are to develop a more inclusive theory of bioethics encompassing the standpoints and experiences of women and other marginalized social groups, to examine presuppositions embedded in the dominant bioethical discourse that privileges those already empowered, and to create new methodologies and strategies responsive to the disparate conditions of women’s lives across the globe.


If your organization is interested in sponsoring the FAB please email  for more information.