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 IAB 2020 World Congress of Bioethics (WCB), the largest gathering of bioethics thought-leaders in the world, will take place June 19 – 21, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. 

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 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.



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.



International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB), a sub-network of the IAB, will meet before the WCB, also at the University of Pennsylvania, 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 contact@iab2020.org for more information.

Thank You Congress Sponsors & Supporters


The WCB organizers would like to thank the below fully-confirmed sponsors, who are early supporters of the Congress. To become a sponsor, click here, a variety of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.


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