In response to COVID-19 public health issues and travel restrictions, we will no longer hold a physical ICN Congress in June 2021. Instead we will bring together our National Nurses Associations and their members in an innovative virtual congress format later in the year. Using the theme ‘Nursing Around the World’, we will pass the nursing baton across the different regions in a series of live and interactive events that will give our members the opportunity to showcase their expertise and innovations throughout the world.

We will have a strong scientific programme and we expect to receive a record number of abstracts. There will be plenaries and symposiums, but this will also be an occasion for us to share the joy of friendship and celebrate our different cultures and nations.

We are delighted to announce that the ICN 2021 Congress will take place on 2-4 November 2021.

What does this mean for:


Call for abstracts

Abstract submission will reopen from 8 January to 4 March 2021 with the option to edit previously submitted papers as well as submit new abstracts.



For those already registered for ICN2021, we offer the choice of a full refund or a transfer of your registration to the Virtual Congress with a refund of the difference. Full details on new fees will be available shortly. Registration to the Congress will open early 2021.


Exhibition and sponsorship

Partners will receive information on new virtual opportunities by the end of November. For those who have already confirmed their support to the ICN Congress, a personalised solution will be made to either transfer to an online package or receive a refund.

For further details please contact us at

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