Mason Institute Hosts IAB 2016

The Mason Institute led and won the competitive bid to host the 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB 2016) in Edinburgh on 14-17 June 2016. The Congress welcomed over 700 delegates from 44 countries.

IAB 2016 explored a main theme of ‘Individuals, Public Interests, and Public Goods: What Is the Contribution of Bioethics?'.  It offered a leading edge academic programme with included development for early career researchers and an innovative Arts + Ethics strand.

Keynote speakers included Professor Ashok Acharya,  Dr Catherine Belling, Professor Gillian Brock, Professor Lisa Eckenwiler, Professor Paul Macneill, Professor Alondra Nelson, Professor Onora O'Neill, Professor Mathias Risse, and Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff. Early career keynote speakers Dr Anant Bhan, Professor Alastair V. Campbell, and Dr Sarah Chan addressed issues of particular concern to those starting their careers in bioethics.

IAB 2016 also encouraged postgraduate students to progress their research, engage with cutting-edge bioethics issues, and explore new ways of contributing to the wider community. To help facilitate this, the Mason Institute offered six scholarships to help outstanding students attend IAB 2016.

IAB 2106 offered an excellent opportunity for building relationships throughout the international bioethics community for years to come. Professor Graeme Laurie described the role of bioethics and the goal of the Congress saying, 'We believe that bioethics is indispensible in generating productive dialogue and building bridges between the thought-leaders, practitioners and decision-makers working to solve some of the most pressing issues of our time, whether it be genetic research, global pandemics, scarce health resources or climate changes'.


Related links

Mason Institute Scholarship recipients share their hopes for the Congress

IAB 2016 Conference Programme

Watch the IAB 2016 Legacy Film (YouTube)

See images from IAB 2016

IAB images album on Flickr

Find out more about the Mason Institute



A special Dolly the Sheep gift, sponsored by Edinburgh Law School,
was given to keynote speakers and the volunteers who helped make
IAB 2016 a success.
2016 marks 20 years since the birth of the
world's most famous sheep.