Scientific Programme

Programme Overview

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.

Scientific Programme


ICN would like to thank all the nurses around the world who dedicated their time to submit an abstract in this challenging time.  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 of late-breaking abstracts  have until midnight CET, 3 September 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!

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

Click here to see the full list of reviewers

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


HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein

HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein+

Her Royal Highness is the WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Michelle Bachelet Jeria

Michelle Bachelet Jeria+

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; former President of Chile

Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-Moon+

Mr Ban Ki-Moon is former Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016)

Helen Clark

Helen Clark+

Rt Hon. Helen Clark is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Dr. Roopa Dhatt

Dr. Roopa Dhatt+

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global Health

Annette Kennedy

Annette Kennedy+

President, International Council of Nurses

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo+

Western Cape Minister of Health, South Africa

Professor John-Arne Røttingen

Professor John-Arne Røttingen+

Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder+

Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus +

WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States in May 2017

Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood+

Ms Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and United States Congresswoman

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove+

COVID-19 Technical Lead, World Health Organization

Peggy Vidot

Peggy Vidot+

Ms Peggy Vidot is a registered nurse and midwife and the Minister of Health of Seychelles

Aysha Al Mahri

Aysha Al Mahri

President of the Emirates Nursing Association, United Arab Emirates.

Gillian Berry

Gillian Berry

Founder and Director of PerCen Technologies, Ireland

Dr Mark Britnell

Dr Mark Britnell+

Vice Chair and Global Health expert, KPMG UK

Professor Mary Chiarella

Professor Mary Chiarella+

Professor Emerita, Susan Wakil School of Nursing, University of Sydney, Australia

Dr Fariba Al-Darazi

Dr Fariba Al-Darazi

Former Coordinator, Health Workforce Development and Regional Adviser for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Personnel, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Dr Christophe Debout

Dr Christophe Debout

Nurse anesthetist programme director, IFITS, France Nurse scientist, Health Chair, ScPoParis/IDM UMR 1145 Vice President of the Academy of Nursing science

Karen Dolva

Karen Dolva+

CEO and co-founder of No Isolation

Dr Nuhad Yazbik Dumit

Dr Nuhad Yazbik Dumit

Associate professor, Hariri School of Nursing, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Dr Rozina Karmaliani

Dr Rozina Karmaliani

Professor and Dean, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

Professor Mary D. Moller

Professor Mary D. Moller+

Associate Professor of Nursing and Lead Faculty for the Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing Program, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA

Dr Natasha Prodan-Bhalla

Dr Natasha Prodan-Bhalla

Chief Nurse and Professional Practice Officer, Ministry of Health, British Columbia, Canada and Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing

Professor Leticia San Martín-Rodriguez

Professor Leticia San Martín-Rodriguez

Professor, Public University of Navarra, Spain

Lill Sverresdatter Larsen

Lill Sverresdatter Larsen+

President of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation, Norway

Dr Noriko Yamamoto-Mitani

Dr Noriko Yamamoto-Mitani

Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan.

Dr José Luis Cobos Serrano

Dr José Luis Cobos Serrano

Vice President III, General Council of Nursing, Spain

Session Types

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

Student Assembly

The Student Assembly will take place virtually on 23 October and will be offered in two time zones.  This interactive meeting will bring together students from around the world to: discuss key priorities for nursing students, early career nurses and youth; explore how to support and enhance the student and youth voice and influence and in the development of future leaders in policy and practice; and network and share experiences and information.

The Student Assembly is open to students at all education levels and recent graduates. Register now!


In addition, Student Assembly participants will receive the early bird student fee for ICN Congress!

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.