IAB International Networks

One way of achieving IAB’s goals is by developing Networks of scholars in specific areas of bioethics. These Networks promote dialogue and action. Membership in IAB Networks is open to researchers interested in themes or issues addressed by specific groups. Please contact the coordinator(s) of a particular network(s) for further information on their activities and membership. Information on the benefits to and obligations of networks as well as on organizing an IAB network is available here.


Coordinator: Paul Ulhas MacNeill

Paul Ulhas Macneill, MA, LLB, PhD
(Honorary) Associate Professor
Sydney Health Ethics
School of Public Health
University of Sydney
Telephone: +61 290 363 405

Goals. The aim of this network is to increase the contribution of the arts to bioethics. It is our belief that the arts enrich bioethical discourse and open up new creative approaches on bioethical issues. Bioethical issues such as cloning, genetic engineering have been the subject of theatre, drama, dance, books and movies. An artistic exploration of these issues has captured the public imagination in various ways. Fiction, drama, movies and alternative expressions reframe and conceptualize issues and influence public perception and understanding in powerful ways. Recognizing a contribution from the arts opens a wider avenue to contributions from many cultures. This network will stimulate artistic explorations into culture and bioethics through the initiation of interdisciplinary dialogue between the textual and the non-textual, and between cultures. The network has four aims:

  • To promote critical engagement between artists and non-artists
  • To encourage and facilitate the publication of scholarly articles in journals, on arts-bioethics issues
  • To serve as a forum for reporting of arts events which explore bioethics issues
  • To engage in dialogue through personal experiences in artistic explorations
  • To engage with other IAB networks on the artistic exploration into their focus themes

Launch of  The Arts and Bioethics Network. The Arts and Bioethics Network was launched at the 9th World Congress of Bioethics, in September 2008 in Rijeka, Croatia with The Art of Bioethics Exhibition, an Arts Bioethics Performance, a movie, and several academic papers.


Coordinator: Darryl Macer, PhD.

Darryl Macer, PhD.
American University of Sovereign Nations
8840 East Chaparral Road, Suite 285
Scottsdale, AZ, United States 85250

Bioethics Education Network online. The website is


  • Promotion of bioethics education at all levels
  • Promote public discussion of bioethics We welcome feedback. Some of the issues are controversial, but a balanced approach to these issues is needed, as education should prepare citizens for difficult moral dilemmas that they may face in their life. In recent times new approaches such as community engagement, use of museums exhibitions on bioethics, and other means to promote public discourse have been developed.

Projects. There are community, school and university trials of methods for bioethics education in many countries. Some of the institutions and individuals involved are also members of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific School of Ethics

Members of this network have produced and shared teaching materials for bioethics education in different countries, for school and university classes. There are various types of classes the materials have been used in. Materials can be downloaded in a growing number of languages from

Empirical research on the effectiveness of teaching bioethics at different ages and places is encouraged, and the results linked to policy. A regional bioethics education action plan was developed in Asia and the Pacific. This network is global.


Coordinator: James Dwyer
James Dwyer, PhD.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Center for Bioethics and Humanities
725 Irving Avenue, Suite 406
Syracuse, NY 13210
Background. When Van Rensselaer Potter coined the term “bioethics” in 1970, he had in mind a field of study that would bring together biological knowledge and ethical concern. He hoped this field would include broad issues about global trends, population health, acceptable survival, and the natural environment. But these broad issues received relatively little attention in the field that appropriated the name “bioethics.” For the most part, bioethics focused on medical developments and ignored environmental issues. But the environmental problems are more serious and urgent than ever:

  • climate change
  • population growth
  • over consumption of resources
  • shortages of fresh water
  • deforestation
  • air pollution
  • emerging infectious diseases
  • extinction of species

In the face of these and other problems, we need to consider ways to bring environmental concerns back into bioethics.

Membership. We maintain an email list of members, and we meet at each IAB Congress.
Goals. The goals of this Network are:

  • To bring together concerns about health, the environment, sustainability, justice, and responsibility
  • To integrate these concerns into discussions, scholarship, and activism
  • To explore how public health ethics could bridge bioethics and environmental ethics


Coordinator: Sheryl de Lacey and Vikki Enwistle
Sheryl de Lacey,
School of Nursing & Midwifery,
Flinders University,
GPO Box 2100,
Adelaide 5001,
South Australia

Goals. Our goals 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 privilege those already empowered, and to create new methodologies and strategies responsive to the disparate conditions of women’s lives across the globe.

Short description of the goals:

  • promote scholarly work in feminist bioethics
  • foster international collaborations and facilitate the exchange of information among feminist bioethicists
  • support the work of women in developing countries
  • encourage and facilitate the participation of un- and under-employed people in the activities of the FAB Network (especially the bi-annual meeting)

Projects. Biennial conference, development of country representatives network, publication of feminist bioethics collections, operation of active listserv and maintenance of FAB website. Short description of the main projects:

  • organisation of a bi-annual congress that is recognized as the pre-eminent international feminist bioethics meeting, attracting participants from both developed and developing nations
  • launch of the International Journal on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) which promotes feminist scholarship (first issue in April 2008)
  • development and maintenance of the country representatives’ group to promote networking and sharing of information and support for this group to present a panel at the biennial congress
  • maintenance of the listserv to encourage communication and sharing of information
  • maintenance of the interactive website which contains full details of the activities of FAB:
  • administration of the Audre Lorde Fund that provides support to members with limited travel funds to facilitate their participation in the biennial congress.


Coordinators: Minakshi Bhardwaj, PhD & Darryl Macer, PhD.

Darryl Macer, PhD.
American University of Sovereign Nations
8840 East Chaparral Road, Suite 285
Scottsdale, AZ, United States 85250

Goals. The Genetics and Bioethics Network, and the designated journal, Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (EJAIB), are forums for exchange within the Genetics Network. The Network will facilitate international communication about research, publications, meetings, etc. related to ethical, legal and social issues raised by both human and non-human applications of genetics and biotechnology. You are invited to send reprints, statements of research interests and activities, notices, news, etc

Public Health Ethics Network

Coordinators: Angus Dawson & Marcel Verweij

Angus Dawson, PhD
Sydney Health Ethics,
School of Public Health,
University of Sydney,
Level 1, Medical Foundation Building K25,
The University of Sydney,
NSW 2006

Phone +61 2 8627 0964
Twitter: @PublicEthics

Marcel Verweij, PhD
Department of Social Sciences,
Subdepartment Communication, Philosophy, and Technology,
Wageningen University,
P.O. Box 8130,
6700 EW Wageningen,


Phone: +31 (0)317 48 43 10


  • To raise the profile of public health ethics as an area of research (within the IAB and in the academic environment in general)
  • To encourage and actively engage in research and debate about ethical issues in public health policy and practice
  • To encourage and facilitate international research collaborations in the area of public health ethics

Projects. These are mainly informal collaborations between individuals.

You can join the network mailing list at


Coordinator: Florencia LUNA
Florencia Luna, PhD.


One of the aims of this network is to foster the value of free, open, and reasoned discussion in order to reach thoughtful and reasoned positions regarding many of the bioethical problems that Ibero-America faces or that may be of interest to the people of this region. We believe that this goal is in harmony with the London Declaration adopted by the Board of Directors at its 5th World Congress, September 2000. This statement re-affirms that bioethics plays a central role in professional and public debates and notes that in many countries and cultures basic freedom of discussion and disagreement is upheld and promoted. While this freedom is imperilled in other countries and cultures and there is widespread reluctance to discuss problems openly, the reasoned solution may run counter to established opinions and traditions. It also affirms that in public discourse, no individual or group can claim to have exclusive knowledge of the “right” ethical solution and that only reasoned and open debate can lead to justifiable conclusions. We think this network can foster this open thinking throughout the region. We can share knowledge, experience and promote further research.

Language is sometimes a barrier to international academic meetings. One of the tools to achieve this debate and reasoned discussion is by helping people to express themselves in their own languages (Spanish and Portuguese). However, it is also important to preserve links with English speakers so that they can participate (for example, sessions in Spanish or Portuguese also include powerpoint presentations in English, as well as an English version of the abstracts or handouts). We believe that incorporating these other languages fosters the spirit of the IAB by providing a pluralistic space not only for ideas but also for languages, allowing and empowering people that do not feel comfortable speaking in another language to do so in their own.