WPA Congresses

WPA World Congress of Psychiatry

Established in Paris in 1950, the WPA World Congress of Psychiatry (WCP) is the association's flagship event.  Taking place annually, with the general assembly and associated elections being held every triennium, the congress rotates between three parts of the world - Asia/Oceania, the Americas, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

WPA partners with its member societies to host the event, taking into account security, safety, resources, accessibility, facilities, and finances when selecting the host city and country.  

Our next World Congress

21st WPA World Congress of Psychiatry

18-21 October 2021


Website: https://wcp-congress.com

In partnership with WPA member society: 

The Psychiatric Association of Colombia

In collaboration with Psychiatric Association of Latin America


Previous Events 

20th World Congress of Psychiatry

10-13 March 2021 || Virtual

Theme: Psychiatry in a Troubled World 

19th World Congress of Psychiatry

21-24 August 2019 || Lisbon, Portugal

Theme: Psychiatry and Mental Health - Global Inspirations, Locally Relevant Action

18th World Congress of Psychiatry

27-30 September || Mexico City, Mexico

Theme: Psychiatry - Standing Firm for Mental Health

Regional Congresses

Regional Congresses provide an opportunity for those parts of the world not hosting that year's World Congress to host a meeting in their region.  Accordingly, no more than two regional congresses take place in any one year.  Typically, regional congresses focus on issues most relevant to the host region, sometimes also drilling down to areas of interest specific to the host country.

Our next Regional Congress 

WPA Regional Congress

Interdisciplinary Understanding of Co-morbidity in Psychiatry:

from Science to Integrated Care 

Virtual (formerly St Petersburg, Russia)

16-18 May 2021

Website: https://wpa2020spb.com/

In partnership with WPA member society: The Russian Society of Psychiatrists

Upcoming Regional Congress 

WPA Regional Congress

Psychopathology in Periods of Transitions

Kyiv, Ukraine

7-9 July 2021

Website: www.2021rcp-congress.com

In partnership with WPA member society: The Ukrainian Psychiatric Association

In collaboration with Charitable Foundation Research Innovations in Medicine “RIMON"


Thematic Congresses

Thematic Congresses are focused on one or more topics of interest. Their purpose is to address special subjects that WPA wishes to pursue - such as a topical issue or coverage of a specific region. They take place in parts of the world with a timing and format that does not compete with any of the other organised WPA activities. Thematic Congresses may be organised one or more times a year worldwide. 

Our most recent Thematic Congress 

WPA Thematic Congress

on Intersectional Collaboration

Psychological Trauma: Global burden on mental and physical health


11 -13 December 2020

Website: https://www.wpathematic.org

In partnership with WPA member society:

The Hellenic Psychiatric Association

Read the report of the Congress HERE

See presentations from the meeting HERE


Previous Events

WPA Thematic Congress

Dementia: Psychiatric and Neurological Challenges and Perspectives

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia 

15-18 May 2019

In partnership with WPA Member Society:

Macedonian Psychiatric Association