17th BIEN Congress

17th BIEN Congress, Portugal: Implementing a Basic Income

Portuguese version 

Dates: 25-27 September 2017


25 September: Portuguese National Parliament (map) 

26 and 27 September: ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon (map)


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); Ingrid Robeyns (the Netherlands); 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).

The draft of the program is available here.

The Facebook page of the Congress is here

Facebook group for shared rides and solidarity housing is here.

Interested in finding more information about Lisbon? Start here.


Registration, attendance only:

Attendance only (without certificate): FREE, click here to register.


Registration for participants (until july 20):

Registration fees include: admission to all of the congress sessions, the congress proceedings and coffee breaks.

Regular Fee with Presentation: 120 €
Solidarity Fee with Presentation: 160 €
Reduced Fee with Presentation (students and people unemployed): 80 €
Attendance only (with attendance certificate): 30 €

Please note that paying the fee after july 20 implies an extra cost of 50  €.


Payment via Bank Transfer:

Please send your payment to IBAN PT50 0046 0126 0060 0264 3652 3 and proof of payment to rbiport@gmail.com

Bank: Banco Popular

International Banking Account Number (IBAN): PT50 0046 0126 0060 0264 3652 3

Bank Identification Code (BIC): CRBNPTPL

Name of the recipient: RBIP - Associação pelo Rendimento Básico Incondicional Portugal

Address of the recipient: Rua Azedo Gneco, número 10, 2º dtº, 1350-094 Lisboa

Payment via Paypal:

For payment via Paypal please add 5 € to amount listed above (to cover Paypal costs)

Regular Fee with Presentation: 125 €
Solidarity Fee with Presentation: 165 €
Reduced Fee with Presentation (students and people unemployed): 85 €
Attendance only (with attendance certificate): 35 €

Portugal Basic Income Week

Portugal Basic Income Week will be held along with the 17th BIEN congress. 


If you have any question, please contact us at:  rbiport@gmail.com

Press contact: Andreia Saavedra Cardoso (andreiasaavedra@gmail.com)


Local Organizing Committee of the 17th BIEN Congress, in Lisbon, Portugal:

Roberto Merrill (coordinator), Sara Bizarro, Lídia Martins, Mafalda Farmhouse, Graça Rojão, Sara Trindade, André Coelho, Martim Avillez Figueiredo, Pedro Teixeira, Gonçalo Marcelo, Teresa Albuquerque, Pedro Ferrão, Pedro Ramajal, Bárbara Borges, Sandra Silvestre, Jorge Pinto, Waldir Pimenta, Cristina Paixão.

Scientific Committee:

Carlos Farinha Rodrigues, João Cardoso Rosas, Michel Bauwens, Borja Barragué, Barb Jacobson, Nazaré da Costa Cabral, Jenna van Draanen.


Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society, University of Minho
Centre for Research in European, Economic, Financial and Tax Law (CIDEEFF), University of Lisbon
ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon
Portuguese Centre for Global History, New University of Lisbon
Pessoas, Animais, Natureza (PAN)
Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE)

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