International Association of Bioethics

Wellcome Trust


Professor Graeme Laurie is Chair of the IAB2016 Organising Committee for the 13th World Congress of Bioethics, 14th-17th June 2016, Edinburgh.

From the first World Congress of Bioethics in 1992 in the Netherlands to Mexico City for the 12th Congress in 2014, the field of bioethics has evolved considerably and developed significant learning on issues that touch us all – peace, health, environment and technology. In 2016, we continue our bioethical journey here to Edinburgh where we invite you to join us for an opportunity to contribute to the New Enlightenment.

For centuries, Edinburgh has fostered excellence in medicine, science and the arts, and today it continues to be home to global leaders in research and development in biomedicine, biotechnologies and the life sciences. It is against this background of the unique fusion of tradition and novelty that we offer you an exciting and stimulating programme for the 13th World Congress that asks: what can bioethics contribute to individuals, public interests and public goods?

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. Our chosen theme for this World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics reflects this. On behalf of the IAB 2016 Organising Committee, I warmly invite you to join us in Edinburgh to add your own voice to this dialogue and contribute to the next stages of our bioethical journey.