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.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 congress has been delayed until 2021.

2021 World Congress

22nd Annual World Congress:
Kyoto, Japan, May 26-29, 2021
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 May 26-29, 2021. 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.

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2022 World Congress

23rd Annual World Congress:
Please note the location and dates will be formally announced at the end of the 22nd World Congress. We do not announce before that time. We are not accepting bids for the 23rd Annual World Congress as the location has been approved.

Now accepting 24th & 25th Annual IPOS World Congress Bids

For the 24th & 25th Annual World Congress applications, submissions are due by January 31, 2021 (deadline recently extended as a result of ongoing pandemic implications). 

Please Note:

  • Please be specific in your application which year(s) your bid is for.
  • IPOS will not be making any decisions on future Congress location/dates until the current pandemic situation has improved. The safety of attendees, volunteers and hosts are very important to us. 
  • 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

  • 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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