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 one day of training workshops and presentations.

2023 World Congress

24th Annual World Congress:
Milan, Italy from August 31 to September 3, 2023

2024 World Congress

25th Annual World Congress:
Please note the location, format and dates will be formally announced in August 2023. We do not announce before that time. 

2025 World Congress

26th Annual World Congress:
Please note the location, format and dates will be formally announced in mid-to-late 2024. We do not announce before that time. 

Now accepting 27th & 28th Annual IPOS World Congress Bids

The following are the Annual World Congress submissions deadlines*:

  1. 27th - 2026 nominations can be accepted up to August 1, 2023
  2. 28th - 2027 nominations can be accepted up to August 1, 2024
* The deadlines were updated to help manage the interest level and to provide local organizers (when selected) increased time to prepare for the World Congress. 

Please Note:

  • Please be specific in your application which year(s) your bid is for.
  • We do not accept bids from venues. Bids MUST come from a National Society in the country of interest. Details on National Societies can be view by going to
  • 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

  • 23rd – August/September 2022 - hybrid from Toronto, Canada - Abstracts
  • 22nd – May 2021, held virtually from Kyoto, Japan - Abstracts
  • 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 — Abstracts
  • 15th — November 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands — Abstracts
  • 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 — 1995, Kobe, Japan
  • 1st — 1992, Beaune, France

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