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.

2022 World Congress

23rd Annual World Congress:
Toronto, Canada - will be a hybrid model from August 29 to September 1, 2022

Call for pre-conference workshops: Submit by January 14, 2022.
Call for abstracts: Submit by February 28, 2022
Registration: Opens February 1, 2022 


2023 World Congress

24th Annual World Congress:
Please note the location, format and dates will be formally announced in August 2022. We do not announce before that time. 

Now accepting 25th, 26th and 27th Annual IPOS World Congress Bids

The following are the Annual World Congress submissions deadlines*:

  1. 25th - 2024 nominations can be accepted up to September 15, 2021 at the latest. These bids will be reviewed in the Fall of 2021.
  2. 26th - 2025 nominations can be accepted up to August 1, 2022
  3. 27th - 2026 nominations can be accepted up to August 1, 2023
* 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

  • 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
  • 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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