We have to inform you with great regret that the
IFIC Conference is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Welcome Note

Dear colleagues,

The International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) welcomes you to the IFIC 2020 Conference.

Our Twentieth International Conference will be a stimulating event, and is planned for March 2020, in beautiful Belgrade, Serbia. The conference will provide up to date infection prevention and control topics, a mix of plenary and concurrent sessions, and presentations from international experts, with some sessions offered by our member societies. IFIC will continue to include opportunities for attending workshops, with topics presented in a comprehensive, participative format, allowing for open discussion and exploration of issues, and the practical application of in-depth material. With this mix of detailed, contemporary content, along with traditional sessions of cutting edge infection prevention and control content, we have planned a conference that will be of interest to anyone in our professional field.

Belgrade, capital city of Serbia is a perfect location for the IFIC annual conference. Built on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers it has a rich history and a varied architectural and cultural heritage. It is also an upcoming tourist attraction, with notable and beautiful landmarks, great gastronomy and a rich nightlife.

On behalf of IFIC and the local organizing committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the Twentieth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control in Belgrade!

Terrie B. Lee
International Federation of Infection Control

Congress Information

Conference overview

The Twentieth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC2020) will run from Wednesday 11 March 2020 until Saturday 14 March 2020. The official language of the congress shall be English, while the plenary sessions and one parallel session will offer simultaneous interpretation to Serbian.

Conference venue

Hilton Belgrade
Kralja Milana 35, Belgrade, Serbia, 11000
Website: https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/serbia/hilton-belgrade-BEGBSHI/index.html



Conference registration will commence from 25 November 2019. Early bird reduced fees will remain applicable until the 01 February 2020.


A range of hotel accommodation – within walking distance to the conference venue - will be available in various categories and price ranges.

Industry participation

Ample opportunities will be available for industry participation through exhibition booths, symposia and other sponsorships. IFIC conferences are characterised by the participation of key decision makers and senior representatives from infection control societies worldwide.

Abstract submission

Abstracts will be accepted through the conference website from 15 November 2019. The deadline for submission is 05 January 2020. The final decision will be communicated by 17 January 2020. Submissions can be either research based or practice oriented.

IFIC Scholarships

IFIC will again facilitate attendance through a number of scholarships. Information can be obtained at www.theific.org. The deadline for scholarship applications is 08 December 2019.

Conference office

Confidence Event Ltd.
Phone: +36 30 450 76 65

Important dates

Online registration opens25 November 2019
Deadline for IFIC scholarship applications08 December 2019
Notification of acceptance of IFIC scholarship applications20 December 2019
Deadline for free paper abstract submission05 January 2020
Notification of acceptance of free paper abstracts17 January 2020
Deadline for early registration fee01 February 2020
Twentieth IFIC Congress11-14 March 2020

Preliminary programme

IFIC2020 will guarantee an outstanding educational experience for a multi-disciplinary delegate mix from medical, nursing and other backgrounds. This shall be achieved through a combination of symposia and state-of-the-art lectures running concurrently with small group workshops as well as keypad interactive sessions. This will provide a different, more personalized educational experience for the delegates.

IFIC conferences are recognized as venues for effective networking and sharing of ideas. Delegates will also have an extensive opportunity to share their research and experience through oral as well as poster presentations. The academic programme will be regularly updated on the congress website.

Registration and Accommodation


Online registration starts on 25 November 2019.

Registration fees

Until 01.02.2020
After 01.02.2020
After 08.03.2020
Delegate from 
developing country
300 EUR375 EUR450 EUR
IFIC Associate Member340 EUR400 EUR475 EUR
Other delegate375 EUR450 EUR525 EUR

    *Countries considered as developing are listed as low-income and lower-middle-income countries based on the classification of the World Bank. The list of countries is available at https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups

    The reduced registration fee of €300 will also apply to IFIC Associate members working in the same list of developing countries.

    Delegate registration fee includes:

    • access to scientific sessions and exhibition areas,
    • congress bag, abstracts and scientific programme,
    • welcome cocktail on Wednesday evening,
    • coffee breaks,
    • simple lunches on Thursday and Friday.


    Delegates are responsible for their own hotel reervation. Hotel reservations shall be made directly with the hotel of your choice. The following hotels are offering a dedicated congress rate for conference attendees. All listed hotels are within walking distance to the congress venue.


    Hilton Belgrade*****
    venue of the congress
    Single room:109 EUR /night
    Double room:124 EUR /night
    Argo Garni Hotel***
    350 metres walking distance from the conference venue
    Single room with breakfast: 55 EUR /night
    Double room with breakfast:70 EUR /night

    Prices above include breakfast and VAT. Prices do not include the city tax (160 RSD=cca. 1 EUR per person per night).

    Hotel Slavija*
    200 metres walking distance from the conference venue
    Single standard room:18 EUR /night
    Double standard room:32 EUR /night
    Single standard plus room:27 EUR /night
    Double standard plus room:38 EUR /night
    Slavija Garni Hotel***
    200 metres walking distance from the conference venue
    Single room:43 EUR /night
    Double room:50 EUR /night

    Local information

    About Belgrade

    Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia with 1.700.000 inhabitants. Situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, due to its position, Belgrade is often referred to as the gateway to the Balkans and the door to Central Europe. Belgrade is one of the oldest European cities with a rich and often turbulent history: due to its strategic location, Belgrade was battled over in more than 100 wars. Belgrade is also the capital of Serbian culture, education and science.

    Belgrade Fortress is the oldest cultural and historical landmark in town. Also of interest to tourists are Skadarlija, the central bohemian quarter; the Residence of Princess Ljubica; Captain Miša's Building (Kapetan Mišino Zdanje); the Old Palace and New Palace (Stari Dvor and Novi Dvor); the Serbian National Assembly building and the Cathedral of Saint Sava.

    Travelling to Belgrade

    By plane
    Belgrade Airport (officially Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport) is located about 20 kms west from Belgrade downtown and offers ideal direct connections to more than 35 European destinations.
    For more information on destinations flown, arrivals and departures please visit: https://beg.aero/eng

    From the airport to the Hilton Belgrade
    Public transport: take the A1 minibus at the airport which will drop you at Slavija Square in Belgrade downtown. The Hilton Belgrade is 200 metres walking distance from Slavija Square. The trip costs 300 RSD (2,50 EUR) and takes 30 minutes.
    A taxi fare from the airport to the conference venue costs about 2.200 RSD (18 EUR).

    By train/bus/car
    Belgrade is an important regional traffic hub: the crossroads of European routes E70 and E75 and the crossroads of Pan-European Corridors 7 and 10 are located here. The city is also connected to key railway routes, while there are also ample bus connections to the capital cities of neighbouring countries. Zagreb, Budapest, Skopje are 6 hours by bus, while Ljubljana is 8 hours bus trip from Belgrade.

    General information


    Although Serbia is not a member of the European Union, Serbia applies the same criteria for visa requirement as other EU member states / Schengen Zone countries. Beyond the EU member countries, Serbia offers a visa-free entry to citizens of many other countries.
    The list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Serbia is listed here.

    For information on how to obtain a visa to Serbia, please consult the website of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

    The congress bureau will provide an invitation letter if this is required for the visa application. Invitation letters will only be issued to participants who have registered and paid the registration fee. In the event of an unsuccessful visa application, the prepaid registration fee will be fully refunded to the applicant.


    Belgrade has a moderate continental climate. Mid-March temperatures range from 3-8 Celsius in the morning to 10-16 Celsius during the day.

    Congress venue

    The congress is located at the Hilton Belgrade hotel
    Address: Kralja Milana 35, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia


    Serbia’s official currency is the Serbian dinar (RSD).

    Shopping hours

    From Monday to Friday between 10:00-22:00 hrs and on weekends between 10:00-21:00 hrs. Major credit cards, especially VISA and MasterCard are accepted at all commercial outlets.


    The standard voltage is 230 V. Serbia uses the socket type ‘F’.


    Participants are advised to carry appropriate travelling and health insurance.

    Congress language

    The official language of the congress is English. Simultaneous interpretation of the plenary sessions and one of the parallel sessions to Serbian will be provided.

    Sponsorship and Exhibition

    IFIC conferences are international in scope, with lecturers and participants from all over the world. The official language of the congress is English, while simultaneous interpretation of the plenary sessions and one of the main parallel sessions to Serbian will also be provided.

    IFIC meetings genuinely offer a global outreach with more than 50 countries usually represented.

    It must also be stressed that the great majority of delegates are representatives and board members of their own national societies and associations. They are, therefore, key decision makers and opinion leaders in their respective countries.
    More than any other conference in Europe, where attendees contain a high proportion of trainees and newly recruited infection control practitioners, IFIC events offer companies the best opportunity to make key contacts, especially in new and emerging market.

    Attendance at the last 6 congresses:

    Vilnius, Lithuania, 2009
    450 pax
    Mestre-Venice, Italy, 2011
    550 pax
    Zagreb, Croatia, 2012
    350 pax
    St. Julian’s, Malta, 2014
    470 pax
    Vienna, Austria, 2016
    350 pax
    Krakow, Poland, 2018
    350 pax

    A wide range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available at the congress. Please contact the conference office at info@ific2020.com to receive the sponsorship manual.

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    Conference office

    Confidence Event Ltd.

    Máté Lukácsi (Mr.)

    Phone: (+36 30) 450 76 65