BIEN Congresses

Upcoming Congresses

The 17th BIEN Congress 2017 – Lisbon, Portugal

The 17th Congress will be held at the Portuguese National Parliament in Lisbon, Portugal, September 25-27, 2017.

The theme of the congress is “Implementing a Basic Income”.

Conference details, including a call for proposals, are available here.

The 18th BIEN Congress 2018 – Tampere, Finland

The 18th Congress, titled “Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century” will be held at the University of Tampere in Tampere, Finland, August 24-25, 2018.

More details will be available soon.


Past Congresses

To download available papers from past BIEN Congresses, see the Congress papers page.

The 16th BIEN Congress 2016 – Seoul, South Korea

The 16th Congress, “Social and Ecological Transformation and the Basic Income,” was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, July 7-9, 2016.

For more information, see the conference website:

The 15th BIEN Congress 2014 – Montreal, Canada

The 15th Congress, “Re-Democratizing the Economy,” was held in Montreal, Canada, June 26-29, 2014.

For more information, see:

The 14th BIEN Congress 2012 – Munich, Germany

The 14th Congress, on the theme of pathways to a basic income, was held at the Wolf-Ferrari-Haus in Ottobrunn near Munich, Germany, September 14-16, 2012.

For more information, see the congress website:

The 13th BIEN Congress 2010 – São Paulo, Brazil

The 13th Congress, “Basic Income: An Instrument for Justice and Peace,” was held at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, June 30 – July 2, 2010.

The 12th BIEN Congress 2008 – Dublin, Ireland

The 12th Congress was held at University College in Dublin, Ireland, June 20-21, 2008.

More information about the Congress is available on the website on Social Justice Ireland.

Reports on the 12th Congress are available in NewsFlash 52 (Summer 2008).

The 11th BIEN Congress 2006 – Cape Town, South Africa

The 11th Congress was held at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, November 2-4, 2006.

Congress Program (from Red Renta Básica).

Conference report by Karl Widerquist.

More reports on the 11th Congress are available in NewsFlash 42 (November 2006).

The 10th BIEN Congress 2004 – Barcelona, Spain

The 10th Congress was held at the Fòrum Universal de les Cultures in Barcelona, Spain, September 19-20, 2004.


The 9th BIEN Congress 2002 – Geneva, Switzerland

The 9th Congress was held at the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland, September 12-14, 2002.

Reports on the 9th Congress can be found in NewsFlash 17.


The 8th BIEN Congress 2000 – Berlin, Germany

The 8th Congress was held at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin in Berlin, Germany, October 6-7, 2000.


The 7th BIEN Congress 1998 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The 7th Congress was held at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in The Netherlands, September 10-12, 1998.


The 6th BIEN Congress 1996 – Vienna, Austria

The 6th Congress was held at the United Nations Centre in Vienna, Austria, September 12-14, 1996.


The 5th BIEN Congress 1994 – London, United Kingdom

The 5th Congress was held at Goldsmith College, London, UK, September 8-10, 1994.


The 4th BIEN Congress 1992 – Paris-St-Maur, France

The 4th Congress was held at the Université de Paris-Val-de-Marne in Paris-St-Maur, France, September 18-19, 1992.


The 3rd BIEN Congress 1990 – Florence, Italy

The 3rd Congress was held at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, September 19-20, 1990.


The 2nd BIEN Congress 1988 – Paris-St-Maur, France

The 2nd Congress was held at the Universitaire Faculteiten St. Ignatius in Antwerp, Belgium, September 22-24, 1988.


The 1st BIEN Congress 1986 – Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The 1st Congress was held at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, September 4-6, 1986.


Participants in the 1st BIEN Congress


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