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
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.
Kralja Milana 35, Belgrade, Serbia, 11000
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.
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.
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 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.
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Phone: +36 30 450 76 65
|Online registration opens||25 November 2019|
|Deadline for IFIC scholarship applications||08 December 2019|
|Notification of acceptance of IFIC scholarship applications||20 December 2019|
|Deadline for free paper abstract submission||05 January 2020|
|Notification of acceptance of free paper abstracts||17 January 2020|
|Deadline for early registration fee||01 February 2020|
|Twentieth IFIC Congress||11-14 March 2020|
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.
Online registration starts on 25 November 2019.
|Delegate from |
|300 EUR||375 EUR||450 EUR|
|IFIC Associate Member||340 EUR||400 EUR||475 EUR|
|Other delegate||375 EUR||450 EUR||525 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.
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).
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|
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the sponsorship manual.