18th International Psycho Oncology Society Congress. 17th – 21st October 2016
The Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.

Online registration is now closed. We can facilitate onsite registration at the Congress Venue.

Welcome from the Local Organising Committee

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organising Committee of IPOS 2016 and in association with the Irish Cancer Society we would like to extend a Cead Mile Failte (a hundred thousand welcomes) to this very important gathering taking place Dublin.  It is our great pleasures to have the global psycho- oncology community gather here in Dublin for the 18th International Psycho Oncology Society World Congress.

This gathering brings together professionals from around the world to present the latest research, look at current best practices in psychosocial oncology, consider policy issues and spend time with colleagues from around the globe.  The Congress programme reflect this diversity, richness and collegiality and we hope you leave Dublin re-energised and re-enthused to continue the work of psychosocial oncology in the many different parts of the world represented at the Congress.

We also hope you get a chance to experience some of what Dublin has to offer.  It is a vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan city, steeped in history, culture and tradition.  2016 is a very significant year for Ireland – we are marking the centenary of the Easter Rising, the event that is generally regarded as having led to Ireland’s independence six years later.  It is a great to have you with us in Ireland during this important year for our country.

We hope this gathering inspires and revives, sustains you in your work.

We welcome you with the words of the great Irish poet WB Yeats ‘There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.’

Until we meet. Yours sincerely,

Donal Buggy Paul D'Alton




Donal Buggy & Paul D’Alton Joint Chair
Local Organising Committee
IPOS 2016


Welcome from the IPOS President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

LuziaOn behalf of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) it is my pleasure to welcome you to Dublin Ireland for the 18th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy. This year IPOS has partnered with the Irish Cancer Society for our annual congress.

The theme for IPOS 2016 is 'Psycho-Oncology: Science, Arts and Practice - Bridging the Gap’. This Congress is an opportunity for professionals working in cancer services to share and learn about cutting-edge research and best practices in the field of Psycho-oncology. The Psychosocial Academy held as part of our Congress provides the opportunity to improve further our skills and advance or knowledge in specific psychosocial domains. We welcome delegates from all over the globe who have come together to collaborate, share and learn.

IPOS continues to advocate towards the adoption of our Standard of Quality in Cancer Care and Clinical Practice Guidelines which state:

  1. Psychosocial cancer care should be recognised as a universal human right;
  2. Quality cancer care must integrate the psychosocial domain into routine care;
  3. Distress should be measured as the sixth vital sign after temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate and pain.

By coming together we help further our effort towards ensuring psychosocial cancer care is recognised as a universal human right. This conference draws psychosocial oncology world leaders; leaders who are passionate and committed to advancing psycho-oncology research, building capacity for cancer support services and ensure the highest levels of standardised clinical practice care.  Please take this opportunity to build your networks so we can support your efforts.

As a society we are committed to fostering integration and implementation of psychosocial care globally. In 2015 we appointed our first Director to specifically represent regions developing in psycho-oncology. Much work is to be done to ensure we facilitate the development of strong, sustainable psycho-oncology programs in emerging market economies.

I encourage you to get involved by joining our Societies, Committees, Special Interest Groups and Task Forces. Together our efforts are improving the quality life for those affected by cancer.

With my gratitude and best wishes,

Luzia Travado Sigipos





Luzia Travado, PhD, President, International Psycho-Oncology Society