The International Diabetes Federation’s 20th World Diabetes Congress
9 April 2009
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will organize its 20th
World Diabetes Congress this year in Montreal, Canada from 18-22
October. The Congress is held every two years and is one of the world’s
largest medical congresses.
The World Diabetes Congress is held in a different location each
time, allowing IDF to rotate the congress through its seven Regions
(Africa, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, North America, Southeast
Asia, South and Central America and Western Pacific) and emphasize the
diabetes issues that are important in each location.
From the first congress held in Leiden, the Netherlands in 1952 to
the 19th World Diabetes Congress, held in Cape Town, South Africa in
2006, the numbers of participants have grown from a few hundred to over
12,000 delegates and over 400 speakers. The 20th World Diabetes Congress
is expected to attract up to 15,000 delegates, more than 300 high-level
speakers, and bring together representatives from over 200 diabetes
member associations from more than 160 countries.
About the World Diabetes Congress
The World Diabetes Congress will highlight the latest developments in
clinical research, showcase new data on the diabetes pandemic, and
promote political action to tackle diabetes. Health ministers and
officials will join the world’s leading diabetes experts to share
knowledge, experience and innovative solutions to address the diabetes
“Our World Diabetes Congress is important because it unites the
global diabetes community,” said Luc Hendrickx, Director of Congress for
the International Diabetes Federation. “Through our Congress we aim to
raise awareness of the diabetes epidemic, wake up the political world to
the diabetes threat and advocate for increased funding for diabetes care
“Our ultimate goal” Hendrickx added, “is to advance diabetes care for
the 250 million people living with diabetes worldwide and increase
efforts to prevent diabetes in the many more at high risk.”
The Congress not only attracts the diabetes scientific community of
physicians, researchers, nurses and diabetes educators, it also welcomes
people with diabetes, governments, the media, IDF Member Associations
and industry. The congress provides the opportunity to discuss a broad
range of diabetes issues, from latest scientific advances to
cutting-edge information on education, diabetes care, advocacy and
The advancement of health through the free exchange of knowledge
between peers is key tenet of the World Diabetes Congress. The Congress
provides ample opportunity for networking and best practice sharing
between across the global diabetes community.
“Our Congress gives young scientists the opportunity to network with
the leading experts in the field and through their abstracts, display
their scientific achievements to the diabetes world,” said Hendrickx.
“We receive close to 2000 abstracts, which are then put through a
rigorous review process with only the best selected for presentation. We
believe that the World Diabetes Congress is a premiere scientific
Congress and are working to ensure that it will be also become an
important political event.”
The World Diabetes Congress features state-of-the-art topics arranged
into six programme streams:
- Association Development
- Clinical Research
- Foundation Science
- Healthcare and Epidemiology
- Living with Diabetes
Each stream includes lectures that will be held in a variety of
formats to allow for constructive interaction and to share best
Symposia address the latest results in diabetes research, current issues
in therapy and education, and findings in the economic and personal
impact of diabetes.
- Meet-the-expert sessions provide the opportunity for
participants to interact with experts on a specific topic.
- Debates will see opposing teams defending and refuting proposals
related to controversial topics.
- Teaching lectures provide educational opportunities on relevant
- Workshops include practical demonstrations, problem-solving or
hands-on training sessions.
- Poster sessions allow the authors of abstracts to present their
Find out more about the Congress Programme online -
Besides sharing the latest scientific advances and knowledge on
practical aspects related to diabetes care, education and advocacy, IDF
expects that the 20th World Diabetes Congress will:
- influence policy makers and local health authorities to create
national diabetes plans that make diabetes a health priority;
- help attract resources to assist those working to improve the
lives of people with diabetes;
- help the Federation’s 200 member associations to develop
strategies to implement the United Nations Resolution on diabetes;
- to fulfil the Federation’s mission to raise global awareness of
diabetes, promote appropriate diabetes care and prevention, and
encouraging activities towards finding a cure.
Congress key dates
Registration for the World Diabetes Congress is open. Key dates
- 30 April 2009 — Deadline Early registration rate
- 31 July 2009 — Deadline Standard registration rate
All registration can be completed online at:
The chosen setting for the World Diabetes Congress is the
cosmopolitan city of Montréal, which boasts a unique combination of
European flair and North American savoir-faire. Conversations on the
city’s streets are threaded with French, English and dozens of other
The International Diabetes Federation’s Congress affords the ideal
opportunity for diabetes stakeholders to discover for themselves why the
world’s second-largest French-speaking city enjoys such a reputation for
culture, nightlife and charm.
Montreal is a safe city that is easily accessible. It is great for
walking and can easily and safely be explored on foot or by public
transport. Quick, safe and clean, the
downtown and the congress centre to major tourist attractions, as well
as to numerous bus stops and train stations.
From the downtown area, you can access the
Montreal Underground Pedestrian Network which is used by over
500,000 people daily. The Network connects 30-kilometres of walkways,
featuring 1,700 shops, restaurants and an array of services. It connects
to some 40 performance venues, theatres and cinemas, as well as many
hotels, attractions and museums.
A large number of rooms, within a broad range of categories and
budgets, have been booked throughout the city of Montréal for congress
participants. Make your reservation online as soon as possible to secure
your accommodation at preferential rates. Most hotels are within a
20-minute walking range from the Convention Centre (Palais des congrès)
or close to a subway or bus stop.
See you in Montreal
The International Diabetes Federation welcomes the global health
community and people living with diabetes to our World Diabetes Congress
in Montreal. We hope everyone will find the Congress scientifically
rigorous, make new and important connections with leading diabetes
experts and are energized to join the fight against the diabetes
epidemic. If nothing is done, over 380 million people with live with
diabetes by 2025. To do nothing is not an option.
Kerrita McClaughlyn is the Media Relations Manager for the International
About the International Diabetes Federation
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global advocate
for the over 250 million people with diabetes worldwide. It is an
umbrella organization of over 200 diabetes associations in more than 160
Its mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a
cure worldwide. The International Diabetes Federation is an NGO in
official relations with the World Health Organization and an associated
NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information.
International Diabetes Federation leads the World Diabetes Day and Unite
for Diabetes campaigns.
Additional information is available at
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