World Congress

ISPO’s major conference activity is the World Congress.

The event combines scientific sessions, round-tables, seminars, instructional courses and audiovisual presentations, with a large trade and scientific exhibition. It is held in different parts of the world, whereby the ISPO Executive Board seeks to retain an appropriate regional balance between the chosen venues while also seeking to ensure financial success of the event.

Starting from 2013, ISPO has changed the congress frequency from the former three-year rotation model to a two-year cycle.

ISPO International oversees and coordinates the organization of its World Congress through the World Congress Committee, Executive Board and ISPO Head Office staff, and in close collaboration with the hosting ISPO Member Society. 

Please click here to see the list of past ISPO World Congresses.

The 15th ISPO World Congress was held from 22-25 June 2015 in Lyon, France. 

The 16th ISPO World Congress took place from 8-11 May 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 17th ISPO World Congress will take place from 5-8 October 2019 in Kobe, Japan.

For the 18Th World Congress to be held in 2021 the bidding process is now open. See details here.