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Upcoming Congress

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ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2015
Sustainability and Diversity
March 13 - 17, 2015
Cape Town, South Africa

WCN 2015 is an International Society of Nephrology (ISN) event hosted by the South African Renal Society (SARS) in partnership with the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN) and the Renal Care Society of South Africa (RCSSA).

Important Dates
Abstract Submissions: Cosed
Late Breaking Abstracts: October 28 - December 14, 2014
Early Registration Deadline: December 14, 2014
Regular Registration Deadline: February 9, 2015


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For sponsorship and exhibitor enquiries, please contact Rik Bollaert at [email protected] or call +32 2 808 0420.

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About ISN's World Congress of Nephrology

ISN’s biennial World Congresses of Nephrology (WCN) are premiere educational events in nephrology that rotate between  continents and are organized in collaboration with local and regional nephrology societies.  The congress is targeted to the international nephrology community as well as other healthcare professionals involved in multidisciplinary nephrology care; thus enabling professionals from all parts of the world to exchange views on a wide variety of topics affecting nephrology and those suffering from kidney disease around the world.

The main objectives of the World Congresses of Nephrology are to:

  • Advance the education of physicians and other professionals in the care of patients with renal disease.
  • Support the development of clinical research.
  • Facilitate the delivery of high-quality healthcare to patients with kidney disease.
    Provide a forum to present new ideas and treatments for kidney disease.
  • Enable scientists and physicians to interchange experiences and formulate new medical strategies. 
  • Address global and ethical dilemmas facing the specialty

By bringing together practicing physicians, academics, scientists, international health authorities and clinical researchers, each Congress offers a unique global forum for a free exchange of science and medical strategy.

Bidding Guidelines, Processes and Timelines

ISN is currently reviewing and updating its World Congress of Nephrology specification and bidding guidelines. The ISN Executive Committee has therefore decided to delay the selection process for WCN 2019 with the new timeline below:

  • Release of updated Bidding Guidelines via - Summer 2015
  • Bid submissions deadline - December 2015
  • Bid analysis, review and initial site inspections - Jan – April 2016
  • ISN Executive Committee recommendation and Council approval - May 2016


Most Recent Congress


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ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2013
May 31 - June 4, 2013
Hong Kong

The most recent ISN World Congress of Nephrology was hosted by the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology (HKSN) in partnership with the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN). The theme of the event was "sustainability and diversity" with a high-quality program reflecting how renal science and healthcare must be tailored to the unique and diverse needs of patients and clinicians worldwide.

For more information:


WCN 2013 Congress News

WCN 2013 Congress News 1 Cover          WCN 2013 Congress News 2 Cover
Congress News Issue 1   Congress News Issue 2


ISN Awards & Prizes Presented at WCN 2013

ISN presents honorary awards that acknowledge exceptional contributions to nephrology. These awards are presented every two years at the World Congress of Nephrology.

CLICK HERE to find out who were the award winners at WCN 2013.


Special Welcome Message to WCN 2013


WCN 2013 Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery       

Click the image to access the WCN 2013 Post Event website where you can find a photo gallery of the Congress.



Past World Congresses of Nephrology

Since the Society’ foundation in 1960, 22 World Congresses of Nephrology have successfully been hosted around the world. Please see the full listing below.

Past ISN World Congresses of Nephrology

(22nd International) 7th WCN (with HKSN and APSN) 2013 (May 31-June 4)

6,000 participants

(21st International) 6th WCN (with CSN)
Vancouver, Canada
2011 (April 8-12)

5,000 participants

(20th International) 5nd WCN (with ERA/EDTA)      
Milan, Italy
2009 (May 22-26)     > 10,000 participants    

(19th International) 4th WCN (with SLANH and SBN)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007 (April 21-25) 6,200 participants
(18th International) 3rd WCN (with APSN and SSN)
2005 (June 26-30) 4,000 participants
(17th International) 2nd WCN (with ERA/EDTA)
Berlin, Germany
2003 (June 8-12) 8,600 participants
(16th International) 1st WCN (with ASN)
San Francisco, CA/USA
2001 (October 12-17) 7,365 participants
15th International Congress
Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999 ( May 7-9) 3,120 participants
14th International Congress
Sydney, Australia
1997 (May 25-29) 4,500 participants
13th International Congress
Madrid, Spain
1995 (July 2-6) 5,146 participants
12th International Congress
Jerusalem, Israel
1993 (June 13-18) 3,120 participants
11th International Congress
Tokyo, Japan
1990 (July 15-20) 3,500 participants
10th International Congress
London, UK
1987 (July 26-31) 3,150 participants
9th International Congress
Los Angeles, CA/USA
1984 (June 11-16) 2,780 participants
8th International Congress
Athens, Greece
1981 (June 7-12) 3,000 participants
7th International Congress
Montreal, Canada
1978 (June 23-28) 3,700 participants
6th International Congress
Florence, Italy
1975 (June 8-12) 2,735 participants
5th International Congress
Mexico City, Mexico
1972 (October 8-13) 2,650 participants
4th International Congress
Stockholm, Sweden
1969 (June 22-27) 1,900 participants
3rd International Congress
Washington, DC/USA
1966 (Sept. 25-30) 2,500 participants
2nd International Congress
Prague, Czech Republic
1963 (Sept. 26-30) 900 participants
1st International Congress
Geneva & Evian, Switzerland
1960 (Sept. 1-4) 400 participants
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