Upcoming IACAPAP World Congress

2026 - Hamburg, Germany

Join us at the 27th World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

Congress Theme: Facing challenges in a constantly changing world - empowering child and adolescent mental health by evidence-based approaches
Congress Date: 1 - 4 July 2026
Congress Venue: Congress Center Hamburg, Germany
Website: www.iacapap-congress.com

Past IACAPAP World Congresses

Nr.YearVenueCongress PresidentTheme
I1937Paris, FranceGeorges HeuyerConditioned reflexes –Pedagogics and Child Psychiatry – Juvenile Criminality
II*1948London, United KingdomJ.R. ReesPersonality Development and its Individual and Social Aspects with Special Reference to Aggression.
III1954Toronto, CanadaFrederick H. AllenEmotional Problems of Early Childhood
IV1958Lisbon, PortugalVictor FontesThe Emotional Life of the Child – 6-12 years
V1962Scheveningen, NetherlandsArn van KrevelenPrimary Prevention of Mental Disorders in Children
VI1966Edinburgh, ScotlandJohn BowlbyPuberty and Adolescence
VII1970Jerusalem, IsraelSerge LeboviciThe Child and His Family
VIII1974Philadelphia, United StatesE. James AnthonyChildren at risk. The vulnerable child – Psychiatric Risk and Mastery in Childhood
IX1978Melbourne, AustraliaAlbert J. SolnitChildren and Parents in a Changing World
X1982Dublin, IrelandLionel HersovChildren in Turmoil-Tomorrow’s Parents
XI1986Paris, FranceColette ChilandNew Approaches to Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
XII1990Kyoto, JapanReimer JensenChild Rearing, Education and Psychopathology
XIII1994San Fransisco, United StatesDonald J. Cohen **Violence and the Vulnerable Child
XIV1998Stockholm, SwedenDonald J. CohenTrauma and Recovery – Care of Children by 21st Century Clinicians
XV2002New Delhi, India***Cancelled as World Congress
XVI2004Berlin, GermanyHelmut RemschmidtFacilitating Pathways – Care, Treatment and Prevention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
XVII2006Melbourne, AustraliaMyron L. BelferChild and Adolescent Mental Health: Nurturing Diversity
XVIII2008Istanbul, TurkeyPer-Anders RydeliusCarrying Hope Between East and West for 3 C’s: Children, Cultures and Commitments
XIX2010Beijing, ChinaPer-Anders RydeliusImproving Child Mental Health: Increasing Awareness and New Pathways for Care
XX2012Paris, FranceOlayinka OmigbodunBrain, Mind and Development
XXI2014Durban, South AfricaOlayinka OmigbodunFrom Research to Practice: Global Challenges in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care
XXII2016Calgary, CanadaBruno FalissardFighting Stigma; Promoting Resiliency and Positive Mental Health
XXIII2018Prague, Czech RepublicBruno FalissardUnderstanding Diversity and Uniqueness 
XXIV2020SingaporeDaniel FungStarting from the Beginning – Laying the Foundation for Lifelong Mental Health
XXV2022Dubai, United Arab EmiratesDaniel FungChild and Adolescent Mental Health: Shaping the Future!
XXVI2024Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLuis RohdeChild development, mental health challenges and the future of nations

* A planned second international congress 1941 in Leipzig, Germany, under the leadership of Paul Schröder did not take place because of WW II.

** It should have been Irving Philips – however, Donald Cohen had to act as President because of the unfortunate death of Irving Philips in 1992.

*** The 15th World Congress was scheduled for New Delhi/India but could not take place as an IACAPAP event due to external reasons. Therefore the congress was carried out as a regional meeting with international attendance under the leadership of our colleagues in India. It was agreed to put into writing in the IACAPAP annals, that the 15th Congress could not be held as planned under the aegis of IACAPAP and that the Berlin Congress will be counted as the 16th World Congress of our Association.