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.
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 read the abstract submission guidelines
Rt Hon. Helen Clark is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
She served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 199-2008 and as a Member of Parliament In April 2009, she became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first woman to lead the organisation. Helen continues to be a strong voice for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on pressing global health issues. In July 2020, she was appointed by the Director-General of the World Health Organization as a Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
Mr Ban Ki-Moon is former Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016)
Mr Ban Ki-Moon is former Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016) during which time he strove to give voice to the world’s poorest and the most vulnerable people.
He currently serves as Chairman of Presidential National Council on Climate and Air Quality; Chairman of Boao Forum for Asia; Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens; and Chairman of IOC Ethics Committee. He is Distinguished Chair Professor and Honorary Chairman at the Institute of Global Engagement & Empowerment at Yonsei University in Korea, and President of the Assembly & Chair of the Council of Global Green Growth Institute.
Her Royal Highness is the WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan is the WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, former Commissioner to the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and Champion for the Nursing Now Campaign.
Ms Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and United States Congresswoman
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and United States Congresswoman serving Illinois’s 14th Congressional District. She is the first woman, the first person of colour, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress, and the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
Ms Peggy Vidot is a registered nurse and midwife and the Minister of Health of Seychelles
Peggy Vidot is a registered nurse and midwife, the Minister of Health of Seychelles, and chairperson of the National Aids Council. She was a proponent of switching HIV treatment tasks from doctors to nurses and midwives to better combat the disease in Africa. She is among the main initiators of the African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative (ARC) as a framework to strengthen nursing and midwifery education.
President of the Emirates Nursing Association, United Arab Emirates.
Founder and Director of PerCen Technologies, Ireland
Vice Chair and Global Health expert, KPMG UK
Dr Mark Britnell is one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems and has a pioneering and inspiring global vision for health in both the developed and developing world. He has dedicated his entire professional life to healthcare and has led organisations at local, regional, national and global levels –provider and payer, public and private. Over the past 11 years, he has worked in over 80 countries gaining a unique first-hand experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Perfect Health System” and “Human: solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare”.
Professor Emerita, University of Sydney Nursing School, Australia
Former Coordinator, Health Workforce Development and Regional Adviser for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Personnel, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Professor and Director of the Department of Nursing sciences at EHESP – the French School of Public Health, Paris, France
CEO and co-founder of No Isolation
No Isolation is a company that develops technology solutions for groups living in loneliness or social isolation. In 2019, Forbes named Karen Dolva one of the Top 50 women in technology worldwide, and in 2020, she reached the BBC 100 women list. She is an avid supporter of female entrepreneurship and strongly encourages girls to pursue careers in tech.
Associate professor, Hariri School of Nursing, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Professor of Nursing, Susan Wakil School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia
Professor and Dean, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
Associate Professor of Nursing and Lead Faculty for the Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing Program, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Chief Nurse and Professional Practice Officer, Ministry of Health, British Columbia, Canada and Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing
Professor, Public University of Navarra, Spain
President of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation, Norway
Lill Sverresdatter Larsen was elected president of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation (NNO) in November 2019. She is a trained nurse from Tromsø University College, has a master’s degree in health sciences and a doctorate in health sciences. She is now on leave from her position as an associate professor at UiT Norway’s Arctic University, where she teaches at the Department of Health and Care Sciences in subjects such as elderly care, mental health and substance abuse and science theory and methodology.
Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan.
Vice Secretary General, General Council of Nursing, Spain
Want to hear what ICN’s thought leaders are working on? Join us at the ICN Plenary lectures to hear from the brilliant minds changing the world of nursing.
Main Sessions will feature highly esteemed international and local speakers who will dive deep in their 15/20-minute presentations to uncover some of the most important issues facing nurses today. They provide opportunities to build relationships for in-depth exchange of experience and expertise within and beyond the international nursing community.
The sessions will focus on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the way forward. They will also bring us insight on the latest developments of nursing contributions to improving health and wellness for individuals, families, communities and the entire world. Big topics affecting nursing will be covered, including public health preparedness and response, global heath priorities, health workforce, ethics, leadership, nursing regulation, advanced practice, and many more. Join the discussion!
Concurrent sessions are composed of oral abstract presentations (10 minutes pre-recorded video each), selected among the best abstracts submitted to the ICN 2021 Congress. Concurrent sessions provide great opportunities for participants to share scientific knowledge and practice of clinical care, to engage stimulating discussions and to gain insight on the eight abstract sub-themes (Nursing leadership, Epidemics and pandemics, Nursing regulation and education, Quality and safety, Nursing care and advanced practice nursing, Nursing workforce, Global health challenges and Digital health and innovation).
This year, 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 wellbeing in the pandemic and encourage nurses to share their own experience with others working in relation to COVID-19.
We will be accepting symposia proposals by invitation from ICN only. Selected proposals will be allocated a 60-minute slot in the programme devoted to a specific theme. Each symposium is organised by a recognised expert in the field who leads a coherent session with 3-4 international speakers working together thoughtfully to highlight the latest nursing practice, research, education and professional issues. Cutting edge nursing and health topics will be explored from a global perspective.
Click here to read the symposium proposal guidelines
Our industry partners will have 60-minute slots to connect with you and share their latest research and developments.
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:
Please watch this space for updated information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please contact Erica Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
ICN will award International Continuing Education Credits (ICNECs) for eligible sessions. More information will be provided closer to the event.