The International Association of Bioethics aims to be truly international, linking all those working in bioethics and related fields, facilitating mutual contact, and encouraging the discussion of cross-cultural aspects in bioethics.


The IAB Award for Bioethics Service in the Face of Challenges recognizes and honors individuals who have made exemplary contributions to international bioethics, beyond scholarship, despite many challenges and obstacles, or under unfavorable circumstances.

The award is meant to recognize individuals who have championed local, national, and/or international efforts, sustained over a period of time, that advance bioethics or put bioethics into action, mobilizing knowledge into impact.

Possible nominees include, for example, those who have significantly:
              raised awareness regarding bioethical issues
             implemented bioethics guidance
             developed policies that advance ethics in health
             promoted the interests of marginalized or vulnerable populations
             built capacity for bioethics in regions with particular needs
             contributed to ethical reflection and responsible conduct
             enhanced equitable provision of healthcare services

To nominate a candidate, please click here for a nomination form.

Vaccine Equity Declaration

The WHO has issued a call to action as part of their campaign for vaccine equity. Click here for more info.

The International Association of Bioethics (IAB) statement on bioethics and structural injustice

The International Association of Bioethics (IAB) was founded with the mission of enriching bioethics, broadening the range of examined issues, as well as increasing the diversity of disciplines and voices in the field of bioethics. It has been a defining feature of bioethics, and a critical mission of the IAB, to foster bioethics work from around the world that calls out and addresses injustice, that identifies practices or social arrangements that violate human rights, that deny the humanity or moral standing of individuals or groups, that silence voices of the marginalized or the oppressed, or that restrict social opportunities on morally objectionable grounds. 

While the prevailing focus of early work in bioethics centered on medical and research ethics with a focus on ethical issues that arise in the context of individual rights and autonomy, our field has evolved and expanded to pay greater attention to the ethics of public and global health, with attention to social and cultural diversity. Today, a rich body of bioethics scholarship exists, recognizing that profound structural injustices – including racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism – undermine health welfare and human rights. These and other psycho-social determinants of health are increasingly being recognized by bioethics scholars and practitioners as deserving urgent attention. More than ever, these aspects of bioethics are of paramount importance. 

The Board of the IAB reaffirms the mission of expanding the topics included in bioethics and promoting diversity in our ranks. Actively promoting the visibility and impact of bioethics activities around the world remains at the forefront of all we do. As we face new challenges and barriers, it will remain a central mission of the IAB to continue the work, began decades ago, of promoting justice. We are committed – along with the organizers of the 15th World Congress of Bioethics taking place this week – to meet the challenge of making our field inclusive, diverse, and respectful of all. We strive to foster an inclusive vision of bioethics and ensure that the impacts of bioethics are tangible in the lives of communities and persons everywhere.  

We acknowledge that we have a long way to go to fully achieve these ideals and rededicate ourselves and our organization to challenge injustices and oppose wrongs. We are committed to listening, learning, and doing all we can to bend the arc of history toward justice.

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Individual IAB Membership

Individuals wishing to become IAB members must purchase their membership through registering to the 15th World Congress of Bioethics.

IAB membership benefits includes:

  • The right to register to the Word Congress of Bioethics (WCB)
  • For Early Career Researchers – the right to apply for a travel bursary to the WCB
  • The right to vote in elections to the Board of Directors
  • The right to be nominated to the Board of Directors
  • The right to request IAB support for activities of IAB Networks one is a member of
  • Access to IAB secretariat services for publicity (subject to IAB Board approval when needed) of bioethics events, activities, publications, etc. on:
    • IAB Facebook page
    • IAB Twitter account
    • IAB LinkedIn page
    • IABulletin – the monthly newsletter circulated to hundreds of bioethics scholars world-wide
    • IAB website

IAB member rates

High Income Country            USD$70
Middle Income Country       USD$60
Low Income Country              USD$25
Early Career Researcher      USD$35