World Congress

The annual IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy brings together professionals in diverse fields from around the globe who dialogue about improving cancer care on an international level and developing strategies to add psychosocial issues to all aspects of cancer control. The attendees include, but are not limited to, psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, social workers, social scientists, patient advocates, educators and administrators, dieticians, epidemiologists, spiritual care specialists, and vocational rehabilitation specialists.

The congress usually offers three days of symposia, podium presentations and posters addressing a variety of disciplines within cancer supportive care. The congress is held in conjunction with the Psychosocial Academy which offers two days of training workshops and presentations.

2020 World Congress

22nd Annual World Congress:
Kyoto, Japan, August 12-15, 2020
Diversity, Dialogue and Altruism

The 22nd World Congress of Psycho-Oncology & Psychosocial Academy is now accepting abstracts for symposium, oral and poster presentation, to be held in Kyoto, Japan on August 12-15, 2020. The conference theme is “Diversity, Dialogue and Altruism: To achieve universal psychosocial care for all”.

This conference will bring together professionals from multiple health care disciplines to explore, share, learn and discuss the psychosocial aspects of cancer. Participants include researchers, clinicians, educators from cancer centers and other medical centers, patient advocates/patient partners and community-based organizations representing disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, spiritual care, nutrition, rehabilitation medicine and occupational health for both adult and pediatric populations.

Important Dates:

  • October 1 to December 2019: Abstract and Workshop Submissions
  • March 2020: Abstract Acceptance/Notifications
  • January 15 to May 15, 2020: Early bird Registration
  • May 16 to August 10, 2020: Late bird Registration
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Now accepting 2022 IPOS World Congress Bids

For the 2021 Congress applications, submissions are due by May 31, 2020 (deadline extended from March 1)

The hosting organization benefits from global visibility and recognition as a key global player in the development of psycho-oncology.
Click here for the official document: Expression of Interest and Proposal Submission Requirements for Hosting the IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology.

For more information, please email John Chagnon, IPOS Executive Director, at [email protected].

Past Congresses

  • 21st – September 2019, Banff, Canada - Abstracts
  • 20th - November 2018, Hong Kong - Abstracts
  • 19th – August 2017, Berlin, Germany — Abstracts
  • 18th — October 2016, Dublin, Ireland — Abstracts
  • 17th — July/August 2015, Washington, DC, USA — Abstracts
  • 16th — October 2014, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 15th — November 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands 
  • 14th — November 2012, Brisbane, Australia 
  • 13th — October 2011, Antalya, Turkey — Abstracts
  • 12th — May 2010, Quebec, Canada — Abstracts
  • 11th — 2009, Vienna, Austria — Abstracts
  • 10th — 2008, Madrid, Spain 
  • 9th — 2007, London, UK
  • 8th — 2006, Venice, Italy
  • 7th — 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 6th — 2003, Banff, Canada
  • 5th — 2000, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 4th — 1998, Hamburg, Germany
  • 3rd — 1996, New York, New York, USA
  • 2nd — 1994, Kobe, Japan
  • 1st — 1992, Beaune, France

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