Scientific Program and Schedule


The Scientific Program Committee and faculty have planned a compelling program for the 15th World Congress on Pain. The array of sessions will benefit those just entering the pain research and treatment fields as well as individuals interested in updating their skills and knowledge.

The Congress program consists of the following types of sessions:

Refresher Courses
A series of full-day Refresher Courses offers delegates opportunities to learn new information on an array of topics. The separate registration fee includes classroom access, the comprehensive syllabus, and a coffee break. Refresher Course attendees must register for the Congress (either one-day or full registration) and pay a separate fee for each Refresher Course.

Plenary Sessions
Several internationally known scientists will discuss research relevant to basic scientists and clinicians alike during the morning and afternoon plenary sessions.

Distinguished Lectures
IASP bestows two of its highest honors at the Congress by awarding two long-time association members the opportunity to give the John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture or the John D. Loeser Distinguished Lecture. IASP also awards the Ronald Melzack Lecture in honor of Ronald Melzack to acknowledge his seminal work and key contributions to the science of pain. Recipients of these awards have been named.

Topical Workshops
Small-group workshops will provide opportunities to discuss your concerns with your peers and learn from leaders in the field. Most sessions will include viewpoints from at least three speakers.

Trainee Workshops
IASP is excited to offer new trainee workshops focused on the review process for grants and career development in the pain industry. Overall, these workshops are intended for students or young professionals looking to advance their career and establish professional connections.

Poster Sessions
Approximately 2,000 poster abstracts will be presented at the Congress. Instructions and tips for preparing posters are now available. Posters will be presented during dedicated morning and afternoon sessions each day of the Congress to allow for in depth discussion between poster presenters and Congress delegates.

Satellite Symposia
Satellite symposia allow in-depth multidisciplinary presentations and discussion on a specific research or educational topic. These symposia take place immediately before and after the Congress. IASP does not oversee their content and therefore does not offer continuing education credit for them. Contact the symposium organizer to determine the availability of continuing education credits.