15th World Congress on Pain General Information


The World Congress on Pain is the premier congress devoted to the research and treatment of pain. Every two years the Congress boasts a hearty program composed of refresher courses, plenary lectures, topical workshops and symposia, and poster presentations. The Scientific Program Committee determines the content and an esteemed faculty of experts from around the world conducts the sessions. A Local Arrangements Committee works with the Congress Secretariat and IASP to present receptions, dinners, and other social events in keeping with the host city's culture. 

Purpose and Objectives of the Congress

The World Congress on Pain is designed to:

  • Provide a state-of-the-art overview of a wide range of topics in the area of pain
  • Offer practical reviews of current research and therapies
  • Provide continuing education credits for clinicians
  • Allow delegates to participate in formal and informal discussions with international experts on pain management and pain research

Who Should Attend?

Whether you are a trainee entering the field of pain research and treatment, a clinician interested in updating your knowledge of the latest treatment possibilities, or a researcher announcing promising new results, you won’t want to miss this exciting event. You will network with thousands of the world’s leading experts on pain who are eager to share their thoughts, research, and findings on this critical topic. Learn new ways to address the challenge of pain by attending plenary sessions presented by world-class leaders, taking refresher courses taught by top experts in the field, viewing posters of the cutting edge of pain research, and visiting the exhibition hall.

This multidisciplinary meeting is an excellent resource for:

  • basic scientists
  • physicians
  • psychologists
  • dentists
  • nurses
  • physical therapists
  • pharmacists
  • professors
  • researchers
  • students, trainees, and young professionals
  • other health professionals

Information About the 15th World Congress on Pain

Important Dates
Circle these dates on your calendar to prepare for the World Congress on Pain. 

Hundreds of people come together to make each World Congress a success. Volunteers on the Local Arrangements Committee and Scientific Program Committee provide exceptional help in selecting sessions and planning various events, and IASP is grateful for their participation. Click on the Committees link to view the names of committee members.

La Rural Convention Center
La Rural Convention Center is conveniently located Buenos Aires and surrounded by attractions and several nearby hotels.

Visiting Buenos Aires 
After Congress hours, Buenos Aires still bustles with startling sights, delicious cuisine, and alluring attractions. Find information here about sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, and transportation in and around the city, with links to other helpful travel sites.

IASP Policy
Each registered attendee of the 15th World Congress on Pain must agree to and abide by the Terms and Conditions of Attendance for the duration of the event.

Continuing Education
The 15th World Congress on Pain will offer CME credit for Congress attendance.  Learn more here.

About the Congress Logo
Learn about the local influences that shaped the logo for the 15th World Congress on Pain 

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World Congress Schedule

16th World Congress on Pain
Yokohama, Japan
September 26 - October 1, 2016

17th World Congress on Pain
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
September 12–16, 2018

Past Congress Programs