Scientific Programme

Spread over three days, the International Council of Nurses 2021 Congress will be the largest gathering of nurses from across the world in 2021. ICN 2021 will be a fully virtual event where delegates can actively participate and network. This highly interactive meeting will provide a vast array of content which includes plenary, main and concurrent sessions, e-poster displays, symposia and policy cafés. Using the theme “Nursing Around the World”, we will pass the nursing baton across different regions in a series of live and interactive events over a 72-hour period. The Congress programme will be packed full of the latest research, trends and priorities in nursing and will look ahead to the future of healthcare and a post-COVID-19 world. Multidisciplinary plenary sessions and symposiums will cater to an international audience and bring together nurses from all regions.

Programme Overview
Scientific Programme


We are delighted to announce we have received over 4970 abstracts from more than 100 countries. ICN would like to thank all the nurses around the world who dedicated their time to submit an abstract in this challenging time.

Abstract submissions were received under all eight sub-themes:

Sub-theme 1: Nursing Leadership
Sub-theme 2: Epidemics and Pandemics: Nurses’ Experiences, Responses and Policy Recommendations
Sub-theme 3: Nursing Regulation and Education
Sub-theme 4: Quality and Safety
Sub-theme 5: Nursing Care and Advanced Practice Nursing
Sub-theme 6: Nursing Workforce
Sub-theme 7: Global Health Challenges
Sub-theme 8: Digital Health and Innovation

The abstracts will undergo a robust blind review by our panel of expert reviewers and each will be scored by at least three different reviewers.  The final decision on acceptance will be made based on the average of these three scores, ensuring a balance of topics and geographical diversity.

Applicants will be notified in May 2021 if their abstract has been accepted.  They then have until midnight CET, 9 June 2021 to register for Congress.  Accepted abstracts will be eliminated from the programme after this date if registration and fee payment have not been received.

All decisions on abstract acceptance are final. Once the decision has been rendered on an abstract, no further correspondence will be undertaken on the selection process. A big thank you, once again, to everyone who submitted. We look forward to putting together a stimulating programme for all!

We very much appreciate the great work of all of the experts involved in the abstract reviews.

Click here to see the full list of reviewers

Click here to read the abstract submission guidelines


Helen Clark

Helen Clark+

Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008.

HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein

HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein+

Session Types

Plenary Sessions
Main Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
Partner Symposia
Sponsored Symposia
Student Assembly

Student Assembly

We are happy to announce that the next ICN Student Assembly will take place in the Fall of 2021. This interactive meeting will take place virtually and will bring together students from all around the world. The Student Assembly will offer a platform to:

  • Present and discuss key priorities for nursing students and youth as identified by them
  • Explore how to support and enhance the student and youth voice and influence and in the development of future leaders in policy and practice
  • Network and share experiences and information

Please watch this space for updated information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please contact Erica Burton ( for any questions.



Interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish, for selected Congress sessions. More information will be provided closer to the event.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits

ICN will award International Continuing Education Credits (ICNECs) for eligible sessions. More information will be provided closer to the event.

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