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


The Scientific Committee of the International Council of Nurses 2021 Congress is delighted to invite you to submit an abstract for concurrent and e-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

We look forward to receiving your abstract before the 11 March 2021 deadline.

Click here to read the abstract submission guidelines
Click here to submit an abstract

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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