The 20th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry has moved to 10-13 March 2021

Updated: Jun 5

The impact of COVID-19 on many areas of our lives is indisputable. All over the world we have seen strict limitations imposed on social contact and travel – and for many countries that doesn’t look set to change any time soon.With many of the restrictions unlikely to be lifted by October 2020, WPA has made the decision to postpone the 20th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry (WCP) in Bangkok to 10-13 March 2021.

Why didn’t you do an online meeting instead?

Online meetings have some terrific benefits, but one of the key reasons so many of you come to the WCP is to meet and network with colleagues in person. Moving the Congress means we can have the same great program with the same networking benefits.

What if I’m already registered for the October meeting?

Don’t worry! All current registrations will be transferred to the new dates.

What if I can no longer attend?

Get in touch with us here so we can work out a solution.


What will happen to the WPA General Assembly (GA) and Elections for Officebearers?

We will host the General Assembly (GA) online during the week of 14 October 2020.  Elections will take place ahead of the GA using a secure online system and, as is customary, the results will be announced at the conclusion of the GA meeting.  WPA President, Professor Helen Herrman will contact member societies to provide more details about both the voting process and the General Assembly in due course.


We know there are more questions to be answered, and we will continue to provide updates on the Congress website, and also directly to faculty, industry partners and registrants.


Author: WPA Secretariat

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