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20th WPA Virtual Congress of Psychiatry is going virtual!

Dear friends,

As you know the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the format of many of our congresses and meetings. With continuous restrictions & limitations regarding travels, hosting of events and congresses by governments and health authorities, are now going to be virtual.

World Psychiatric Association (WPA) has also decided to transform the 20th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry, ‘Psychiatry in a troubled world’ to a virtual congress to be held from 10-13 March 2021. This decision is mainly taken to prevent spreading the virus and for the sake of event participants health and safety.

With the changing format of our World Congress to a virtual one, we are reviewing & revising the programme but we are trying to keep the same programme in its format & contents as much as possible.

Many professional organisations have already changed their meetings / congresses to virtual congresses with a great success. We are also confident that with enough time and experience on our hands we will manage to give you the excellent programme at this virtual meeting. Our scientific Committee is working to prepare the programme that will not only give you a chance for live interaction but will also be available on-demand up to 3 months after the congress.

With the new Executive Committee and Board in place for the next triennium (2020-23), I would like to welcome you all at this congress. I am thankful to Prof. Helen Herrman for her continuous guidance and especially with a leading role for this virtual congress.

I am confident that this will be an important scientific meeting adding a lot to the psychiatric and mental health knowledge.

To avoid any confusion, misunderstandings and to stay updated on the latest policy, please check the FAQ section below and follow us through our newsletters and social media channels.

WPA looks forward to seeing you online!

Dr Afzal Javed
President World Psychiatric Association

Dr Afzal Javed
President World Psychiatric Association

20th WPA Virtual Congress FAQ

Please see below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Virtual event.

The WPA Board has decided to take the 20th WPA Congress virtual. All speakers and presentations, interactive poster displays and exhibitors will be held entirely online.

The 20th WPA Virtual Congress will be taking place between 10-13 March 2021 with live-streamed and recorded sessions according to the program schedule. All of the meeting content will be available to registered participants on demand after the congress.

The content will be available on-demand for a period following the congress dates, for all registered participants. More information on how long the content will be available after the congress dates will follow for registered participants, sponsors & exhibitors only.

To attend the 20th WPA virtual congress, you need a good internet connection, your device or computer, and a valid registration. You will receive login details a few days prior to the event.


Yes, you are automatically registered for the 20th WPA Virtual Congress. As a registered delegate who has paid the full rate, we will refund the difference to the same payment method initially charged. If you wish to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, please let us know by Monday, November 2 at the latest. By e-mail:

Registration and abstract submission are open and participants can register. More information is available here.

The 20th WPA virtual congress will offer you a full virtual experience and the opportunity to take part in every aspect of the program, including the chance to:

  • Access all presentations and session recordings. Create your own schedule to attend any and all of the sessions whenever and wherever you choose.
  • Network with colleagues. Browse the list of participants and click on their name to contact them.
  • Earn CME credits. Participate in the scientific program and be eligible to receive 31 CME credits attributed to the virtual congress.
  • Access all the e-posters. Browse research on the hottest topics published in the congress digital abstract book and connect with the abstract authors and other colleagues from around the world through the e-poster virtual consultations.
  • Join the debate. During a live-streamed or recorded session, participate in live conversations with delegates from all over the world.
  • Give feedback. Use the short session surveys to rate the sessions and help us improve the overall quality of the program.
  • Visit the virtual exhibition hall. Journey through the exhibition booths, explore the displayed materials, contact exhibitors directly, and chat with other visitors.

You can use the contact form here and select Registration as the Subject.

If you would like to cancel your registration to the virtual congress, you are able to receive a refund. Please consult the cancellation policy outlined on the registration page for the most up to date information. Please click here.

Program and sessions

We are doing our best to ensure that the 20th WPA virtual congress will incorporate as much of the well-known physical Congress experience and atmosphere as possible. All delegates will be contacted with timely updates on program scheduling in due course.

No, the slides from the session presentations cannot be downloaded, but you will be able to have the oral presentations of many presenters, where the slides are being shown.

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

Some sessions will be live and some will be pre-recorded. We are doing everything to ensure the highest possible quality of the virtual congress while maintaining the energy of live sessions and live interactions.

Speakers are encouraged to add email/social media information to their slides in order to enable participants to reach out with questions and comments.

Upon acceptance of your abstract, you will be contacted personally with information about submitting your e-poster
Accepted poster presenters will be asked to upload an e-poster as a 1-page file.
Accepted poster presenters will be given the option of recording a short MP3 file to explain their poster
Interaction between the E poster presenters and the participants will be available through chat
E-posters will be available throughout the Congress  and after
For other abstract related questions, please use the contact form here, selecting Abstracts as the subject.


Yes, there will be a virtual exhibition area.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation.

There is no registration for exhibition only, all exhibitors and participants may access the full virtual congress.