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.
The IAB networks bring together scholars working or interested in specific areas of bioethics, or connected by linguistic affiliation. They are a way to achieve the IAB’s objectives, mainly that of facilitating “contacts and the exchange of information between those working in bioethics in different parts of the world”.
To help the networks fulfil this objective, time is dedicated during World Congresses of Bioethics - an unparalleled meeting place for the international bioethics community - for the networks to meet. In addition, for future networks, the IAB will provide networks with punctual administrative support.
Long-term goals for networks should include securing the resources to become lasting and integration into the wider bioethics community. To this end, networks’ activities and/or productions will be featured in the IAB monthly newsletter as well as in its social networks.
People interested in creating a network under the IAB’s aegis should submit a 1-page document including the following information:
• Name of network
• Needs that the network would meet/objectives
• List of people interested by the network initiative
• Why a meeting at the WCBs would be important
• How network initiators envision their network’s sustainability
Since the IAB is international and that it aims to bring together people from across the world, proposals for local, regional or national networks will not be accepted.