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IPA 2021 Program

The International Pediatric Association (IPA) is holding its 2021 conference at the SEC Centre in Glasgow from 22nd-26th August 2021. The theme for the Conference is “Ensuring a brighter future for all children”. This will be an opportunity for Pediatricians and other healthcare professionals working with infants, children and young people from all countries to network, socialise, share and celebrate. We want to hear about successes, challenges, solutions and problems. The goal of the conference is to provide delegates with opportunities to discuss and hear about new ideas to take back to their countries and places of work.

Over the 4 main congress days, we will be hosting a range of plenary sessions as well as workshops and symposia, alongside an extensive exhibition area and a wide-ranging social and wellbeing programme. Each half day will have a plenary theme and speakers will be invited from around the world to share their expertise and experience. There will be plenty of time for questions within the session and networking afterwards.

Early provisional details are as follows:

Plenary sessions

  1. Sustainable development goals - what are they and how are we doing
  2. Spotlight on health systems - successes and solutions from near and far
  3. Non communicable diseases - their origins and challenges
  4. The first 1000 days - maternal and child health
  5. Mental health in staff, children, young people and their families 
  6. The genie is out of the bottle - impact of technology on child health
  7. Making a difference - what have we learnt and how can we move forwards

Subspecialty Symposia

These will be hosted by specialty subgroups many of which are linked to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Each will collaborate internationally to design a coprehensive and exciting programme that will be relevant to delegates from around the world. 

  1. Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPE)
  2. Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (APEM)
  3. British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) with British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and British Association of Community Child Health (BACCH) and Child Protection Special Interest Group (CPSIG)
  4. British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health (BACAPH) and Young People's Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG)
  5. British Association for Paediatric Nephrology (BAPN)
  6. British Association of General Paediatrics (BAGP)
  7. British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM)
  8. British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA) with Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group (PECSIG)
  9. British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group (BIMDG)
  10. British Paediatric Allergy, Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG)
  11. British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA)
  12. British Paediatric Respiratory Society (BPRS)
  13. British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR)
  14. British Society for Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD)
  15. British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED) with British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group (BPABG)
  16. British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN)
  17. Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)
  18. Clinical Genetics Society
  19. International Child Health Group (ICHG)
  20. Paediatric Educators Special Interest Group
  21. Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS)
  22. Paediatric Mental Health Group Association
  23. International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health
  24. European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians


There will be 24 workshops organized over 4 days. The topics for these workshops are currently being developed. In addition, the Scientific Committee will be looking for ideas for workshops which we will be pleased to receive during the workshopos suggestion window between August and December 2020. 

Pre-Conference Workshops

There is a wonderful opportunity for pre-conference workshops. These will require independent financing. We will advertise the workshops but the IPA does not offer financing of speakers or venues. In the past, these workshops have been well attended and very much appreciated. If you are interested in putting on a pre-conference workshop, please send us your proposals. A formal call for proposals will be available by September 2019.


We encourage you to submit abstracts regarding research efforts and projects. For this meeting, we will not accept case reports. A call for abstracts will go out in 2020; abstracts can be submitted from October 2020 through February 2021. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified in April 2021.