BIEN Congresses

Upcoming Congresses

The 19th BIEN Congress 2019 – Hyderabad, India

India Network for Basic Income (INBI) will host the 19th BIEN Congress in Hyderabad, India, from 22nd to 25th of August 2019. At a time when the welfare state is undergoing major crisis, all around the world, and the discussion around basic income is gaining traction, it is ever more important to give voice to speakers and participants to present and debate this crucial new approach to social security. 

General registrations can be made here.

Any questions, please email:

See below for a list of all past BIEN Congresses.

Past Congresses

Note: Papers from past BIEN Congresses are collected on the Congress papers page.

2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2012 | 2010 | 2008 | 2006 | 2004 | 2002

2000 | 1998 | 1996 | 1994 | 1992 | 1990 | 1988 | 1986


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 24-26, 2018. A Nordic Day, to which congress participants are invited, will be held on August 23.

For further information, go to the website, the congress Facebook page, or twitter.

For the call for papers, click here

Any questions, please email:

The 17th BIEN Congress 2017: “Implementing a Basic Income,” Lisbon, Portugal

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

Conference details are available here.

Official conference website

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.

Videos are available here.

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.

Papers from the 15th Congress are available here.

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.

Papers from the 14th Congress are available here.

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.

A brief personal account on the Congress, by Philippe Van Parijs, is printed in BIEN’s NewsFlash 62.


The 12th BIEN Congress 2008 – Dublin, Ireland

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

Papers from the 12th Congress are available here.

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).

Papers from the 11th Congress are available here.

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.

Papers from the 10th Congress are available here.

Reports on the Congress are available in NewsFlash 29 (September 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.

Papers from the 9th Congress are available here.

Reports on the Congress can be found in NewsFlash 17 (September 2002).


The 8th BIEN Congress 2000 – Berlin, Germany

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

Papers from the 8th Congress are available here.

Reports on the Congress can be found in NewsFlash 6 (November 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.

Papers from the 7th Congress are available here.

Reports on the Congress can be found in BIEN’s Autumn 1998 newsletter.


The 6th BIEN Congress 1996 – Vienna, Austria

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

Reports on the Congress can be found in BIEN’s Christmas 1996 newsletter.


The 5th BIEN Congress 1994 – London, United Kingdom

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

Reports on the Congress can be found in BIEN’s Christmas 1994 newsletter.


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.

Reports on the 4th Congress can be found in BIEN’s January 1993 newsletter.


The 3rd BIEN Congress 1990 – Florence, Italy

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

Reports on the 3rd Congress can be found in BIEN’s Christmas 1990 newsletter.


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.

Reports on the 2nd Congress can be found in BIEN’s Christmas 1988 newsletter.


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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