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

22nd WPA World Congress of Psychiatry

3-6 August 2022

Theme: Psychiatry 2022: The need for empathy and action 


Website: https://2022.wcp-congress.com

In partnership with WPA member society: 

Psychiatric Association of Thailand and Department of Mental Health

Supported by: Royal College of Psychiatrists of Thailand


Previous Events 

21st World Congress of Psychiatry

18-21 October 2021 || Virtual

Theme: New World, New Challenges for Psychiatry & Mental Health

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.

Previous Events 

WPA Regional Congress

7-9 July 2021 || Kyiv, Ukraine

Theme: Psychopathology in Periods of Transition 

WPA Regional Congress

16-18 May 2021 || Virtual (Formerly St. Petersburg, Russia)

Theme: Interdisciplinary Understanding of Co-morbidity in Psychiatry: from Science to Integrated Care 

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 Upcoming Thematic Congress 

WPA Thematic Congress

on Early Intervention in Psychiatry across the life span

Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens, Greece

23 -25 June 2022

The Hellenic Psychiatric Association (WPA Member Society)

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WPA Thematic Congress

Theme: Public Mental Health

Lahore, Pakistan

11-13 March 2022


In partnership with Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House,

Lahore (PPRC)

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WPA Thematic Congress

Theme: More information to follow

Moscow, Russia

2-3 June 2022


In partnership with Union for Mental Health in cooperation with Russian Society of Psychiatrists (WPA Member Society)



WPA Thematic Congress

Theme: Mental Health in New Era

Karachi, Pakistan

3-5 March 2023


In partnership with Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House,

Lahore (PPRC)

Previous Events

WPA Thematic Congress

Intersectional Collaboration - Psychological Trauma: Global burden on mental and physical health


11 -13 December 2020

In partnership with WPA member society:

The Hellenic Psychiatric Association

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