Scientific Programme

Spread over 5 days, the ICN 2021 Congress and Exhibition will provide delegates with an array of plenary, main and concurrent sessions, a poster exhibition, symposia and policy cafés. The Congress programme will be packed full of the latest research, trends and priorities in nursing. Multidisciplinary plenary sessions and symposiums will feature expert speakers and cater to an international audience.

Programme Overview
Scientific Programme


The Scientific Committee is delighted to invite you to submit an abstract for Oral and Poster Presentation.

Submitters will be asked to determine the best category within which to submit the abstract:
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

Besides scientific abstracts, ICN has created concurrent sessions for COVID-19 case studies. Case study sessions highlight the vital contribution of nurses in the battle for public health and well-being in the pandemic and to encourage nurses to share their own experience with others working in relation to COVID-19. The guidelines for case study submission will be visible when you select the option for “Case Study” in the abstract submission system.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and/or case study before the 31 July 2020 deadline.

Click here to read the abstract submission guidelines.
Click here to submit an abstract or case study.


Session Types

Plenary Sessions
Main Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
Symposium (Abstract-based)
Partner Symposium
Sponsored Symposium
Policy Cafés
Student Assembly

Student Assembly

The ICN Nursing Student Assembly is a one-day meeting that provides nursing students the opportunity to connect, explore and collaborate on priority issues selected by students themselves. In addition, students are given the opportunity to present a summary of their discussions to the ICN Council of National Nursing Association Representatives (CNR). Free of charge and open to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate nursing students.



Interpretation will be available in English to 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.

Professional Visits

Professional Visits

Professional Visits provide delegates with unique learning experiences through interactive site visits to local hospitals and institutions in Abu Dhabi. The goal is to exchange knowledge, best practices, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions.

Professional visits are available to Congress participants through the registration process as of September 2020 at a cost of EUR50 per visit and are scheduled to take place on 10 June 2021.

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