Postponement FAQ’s

ICOH 2022 – Frequently Asked Questions


Why is the 2021 Congress being postponed?
The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused significant worldwide disruption. Countries are in various phases of the pandemic and there will be ongoing economic and travel disruption that could affect delegates’ ability to attend the Congress. In Australia, daily COVID-19 cases are very low and community transmission is rare. However, while the country is easing lockdown restrictions, the international borders remain closed to non-Australian travellers and it is uncertain when they will reopen. At present, returning Australians face an enforced two-week hotel quarantine period.

After careful consideration, the National Organising Committee in consultation with the ICOH Officers and Board have decided to postpone the Congress. This is unprecedented but necessary to safeguard the health and welfare of delegates. Consideration has been given to travel accessibility, venue availability, budget, governance and overall sustainability. Rescheduling the Congress will enable us to provide the experience that delegates expect and deserve in a safe and enjoyable environment.

What are the new dates?
It is planned for the ICOH Congress to be held in Melbourne from 6 – 11 February 2022.

What if I can’t come to Melbourne on those new dates in 2022?
The organisers are currently considering all options, including adding an online or virtual delivery of all or part of the Congress to enable participation from those who cannot attend in person. The technological and logistical aspects of enabling such delivery are being explored and more information will be given in due course.


When will registration be open?
Currently, registration for the Congress is put on hold as we work out the new timelines and other arrangements.  Please refer back to this website regularly and/or register your interest in our congress here so that you will be notified of updates and new arrangements for the Congress.

Special Sessions

What is happening with the Special Sessions abstract submission?
Abstract submission for Special Sessions which previously had a due date of 30 June is now on hold. The National Scientific Committee is planning the new timelines and Special Session coordinators will be notified in due course of the new abstract submission deadline. Special Session coordinators should have received notification of this change. If you have not had notification, please contact [email protected] after checking your spam folder.

Special Session coordinators are advised to contact your session speakers to see if they are still available for the new Congress dates. New guidelines for abstract submission and for changes to your session speakers will be provided in due course.

Abstract Submission – Oral and Poster Sessions

What is happening with the abstract submission for oral and poster sessions?
This is currently on hold. New timelines are now being planned and abstract submission opening and closing dates will be announced in due course. Please refer check the Congress website for further details.


Other questions?

Please contact [email protected] for any other questions and enquiries.

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