Past Congresses


The organisation of Conferences is a major aspect of ISSFAL activities.

Every two years the Society organises a major research conference, which over a space of 4 or 5 days examines the latest findings in a number of different health areas. Some 400-600 delegates attend these meetings, which are held in different parts of the world.

The first ISSFAL congress, in Lugano , Switzerland , in 1993, hosted 450 participants from 35 countries. The second ISSFAL congress, held in June,1995, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda , Maryland , USA , had close to 500 attendees, as well as 77 oral presentations and 185 posters). The third ISSFAL congress took place in Lyon , France in June 1998, and the fourth took place in Tsukuba, Japan in early June 2000. The fifth meeting in this series was held in Montreal, Canada in May 2002 while Brighton, UK was the venue for the sixth such meeting in June 2004. The seventh ISSFAL congress took place in Cairns, Australia in July 2006. The 8th meeting in this series took place in May 2008 in Kansas City, USA. The 9th ISSFAL meeting was held in Maastricht, the Netherlands,May 29th - June 2nd 2010. The 2012 meeting will be held in Vancouver,Canada, May 25th-29th 2012. The 2014 meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Members wishing to submit a bid to organise this meeting, should contact the ISSFAL Administrator.