The association Unconditional Basic Income – Portugal, in partnership with the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society (CEPS), at the University of Minho, the Centre for Research in European, Economic, Financial and Tax Law (CIDEEFF),  the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), both at the University of Lisbon, the Portuguese Centre for Global History, at the New University of Lisbon, the party People, Animals, Nature (PAN), and Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE), will organize the 17th  BIEN Congress, from September 25 to 27, 2017.

Today basic income attracts the public’s attention as a potentially fair and realistic public policy. We can see this attention as important political parties in Europe have adopted the unconditional basic income as a policy objective. Our 2017 congress will discuss the different aspects of the politics of a basic income under the general theme: Implementing a Basic Income (see our call for participations here). 

In addition to various national and international academic experts, the congress plans to bring together representatives of political parties, of civil society, and of business entities, among others, to discuss a cross-cutting concern to all regarding growing social inequalities, structural unemployment and the sustainability of social security, both in Europe and worldwide. An event that aims to gather several critical voices in search for socially innovative solutions and alternatives.

Invited keynote speakers include: Evelyn L. Forget (Canada); Elizabeth Rhodes (Oakland experiment - USA); Sara Bizarro (Portugal/USA); Louise Haagh (United Kingdom); Philippe van Parijs (Belgium); Joe Huston (GiveDirectly - USA); Jurgen De Wispelaere (Finland); Guy Standing (United Kingdom); Scott Santens (USA); Lena Stark (Sweden); Enno Schmidt (Switzerland/Germany); Ronnie Cowan (Scotland); Pedro Teixeira (Portugal); Chris Lee (USA, Hawaii); Ping Xu (Taiwan UBI); Masahiko Yamada (Japan); Cosima Kern (Germany, Bündnis Grundeinkommen); Karl Widerquist (USA).