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Is the IPC2020 / IPC2021 congress cancelled?

No, the congress was postponed to May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now transformed into a fully virtual congress. This will offer our community the possibility to enjoy educational exchanges, scientific news and updates on best practices while keeping the safety, health, and well-being of all congress participants.

Will the virtual congress take place on the same dates that the congress was planned for?

Yes, the virtual congress platform will be available between 3-6 May 2021 with live-streamed scientific sessions. In addition, the platform and all sessions will be available on-demand for 60 days after the IPC2021. 

The only thing we did change in the dates was cancelling the field-trip day as you can’t travel to Estonia. 

Are there any changes in the programme?

The scientific programme as well as the industry summit programme will stay the same. As a result of going virtual, the field-trips and on-site social events were cancelled.

I already registered for the congress. Am I automatically registered for the virtual event?

Yes, you are automatically registered for the virtual congress. 

If you have paid your registration fee as an on-site participant, please take a look at the next question. If you have not paid your registration fee yet, the Congress Secretariat will send you an updated invoice with the virtual congress participation fee.

Further details and guidelines on how to reach and navigate the virtual platform will be published in due course.

I paid the on-site congress fee, but the fee for the virtual congress is lower. Will I get the excess money back?

Yes, the Congress Secretariat will reimburse the price difference between the on-site and virtual participation fees if you fill out the reimbursement form. Please note that the deadline for submitting the reimbursement form is 1 April, 2021.

What if I am not available during the virtual congress dates?

The content will be available on-demand for 60 days following the congress dates, for all registered participants. All pre-recorded sessions will be released on 20 May at latest. If you are an author who has been confirmed to give an oral or a poster presentation, you will have the chance to pre-record your presentation .

How do I register for the virtual congress?

Registration for the virtual congress is open – for more information, please visit: 

What device do I need to participate in the virtual congress?

To participate in the virtual congress, you need a good internet connection, computer or mobile device, and a valid registration. You will receive login details a few days prior to the congress.

How can I ask questions at the virtual congress?

Each session will have its own online chat and Q&A board to discuss the topics and ask questions from the speakers. Live sessions will have live Q&A sessions.

I am a presenter at the event, what should I do?

We will contact you directly regarding your participation in the programme.

I am an exhibitor at the congress, what should I do?

We will contact you directly regarding your participation. The congress will have a virtual exhibition. If you need to get in touch with us, please contact the Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager Ms Grete Mark, e-mail:

If I wish to cancel my registration, will I receive a refund?

Please consult the cancellation policy outlined on the registration page for the most up to date information here

I have booked an accommodation through the accommodation form. Will I get the reimbursement?

The Congress Secretariat will reimburse the whole sum based on your earlier payments if you fill out the reimbursement form. Please note that the deadline to submit the reimbursement form is 1 April 2021.

Do I have to cancel my registration for the field-trips and/or social events?

You don’t have to cancel your registration for the parts of the event that are not taking place. As your registration will be automatically transferred to the virtual congress, your registration for the social events and excursions will be automatically cancelled.

However, if you have paid for these extras, you should fill in the reimbursement form to get a refund. Please note that the deadline for submitting a reimbursement claim is 1 April, 2021.

I did not find an answer to my question here, what should I do?

Please send your question to the Congress Secretariat via e-mail:
Due to the high volume of requests and questions, please give the secretariat 2-3 working days to answer your email.