The IDF Congress is a core activity of the Federation, offering a global
platform to discuss a broad range of diabetes issues,
from latest scientific advances to cutting-edge information
on education, diabetes care, advocacy and awareness. Participants
include physicians, scientists, nurses, educators and other healthcare
professionals, as well as government representatives, policy makers,
people with diabetes, IDF members and media.
The IDF Congress is held every two years in a different location
around the world. From its first congress held in Leiden,
the Netherlands, in 1952 to the most recent congress in Abu Dhabi
in 2017, the number of participants has grown from a few hundred
to over 12,000 delegates from 180 countries.
The IDF Congress is complemented by a series of live educational
events focusing on diabetes complications, the first of which took
place in Hyderabad, India, in October 2018.
The global diabetes community will unite again at the
IDF Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea on 2-6 December 2019. IDF 2019
will mark a return to the IDF Western Pacific Region following the
successful IDF Congress held in Melbourne in 2013. The region has
the largest population of all IDF regions and accounts for close
to 40% of all diabetes cases in the world.