Future Congress & Conference Venues

The IFSCC offers an international scientific event each fall: a Congress in even years, a Conference in odd years. Beginning in 2023 we will switch to only offering Congresses.

Here is a list of future Congress and Conference venues:

2020: Yokohama, Japan – 31st Congress – 20-23 October 2020

2021: Cancun, Mexico – 26th Conference – 25-27 October 2021

2022: London, England – 32nd Congress – 19-22 September 2022

2023*: Barcelona, Spain – 33rd Congress – 4-7 September 2023
                                                                       Note: Dates Earlier than Usual

2024: Iguazu Falls, Brazil – 34th Congress – dates t.b.d.

2025: France – 35th Congress – dates and city t.b.d.

2026: Adelaide, Australia – 36th Congress – dates t.b.d.

2027: Zone 1 (Europe, Israel, and South Africa) – 37th Congress

2028: Zone 3 (Americas) – 38th Congress

2029: Zone 1 (Europe, Israel, and South Africa) – 39th Congress

2030: Zone 2 (Asia) – 40th Congress

*Only Congresses held beginning in 2023. Last Conference is in 2021.

Societies Eligible to Host Future Congresses

The IFSCC Praesidium voted in 2019 to allow any Society to host a future IFSCC Congress, provided they meet certain criteria. The specific criteria will be determined in 2020 by a Working Group, and will be voted on by the Council at the 2020 Yokohama Congress.

In the past, the top 15 ranked Societies were eligible to host future Congresses. The ranking of IFSCC Societies is recalculated after every Congress, taking into account the number of posters and podiums presented at the last 6 Congresses, and the number of Members in a Society.

For informational purposes only, the top 15 Societies, calculated after the IFSCC 2018 Munich Congress are:

  1. France
  2. Japan
  3. USA
  4. Korea
  5. Great Britain
  6. Germany
  7. Spain
  8. Brazil
  9. Switzerland
  10. Italy
  11. South Africa
  12. Argentina
  13. China (PRC)
  14. Taiwan
  15. Australia

Venue Selection Process

The IFSCC divides its Societies into 3 geographic areas: Zone 1 (Europe, Israel, and South Africa), Zone 2 (Asia), and Zone 3 (the Americas). The Zones vote on which Society to nominate to host an upcoming Congress in their Zone. The IFSCC Praesidium and Secretariat are not involved at this stage of the selection process.

After the Zone decides on their nomination, the IFSCC Praesidium approves the decision, then the IFSCC Council is notified of the nomination at the annual Council Meeting. The Host Society of a Congress is voted on 6 years in advance of the Congress.

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