Call for Abstracts now open for the 47th World Hospital Congress

27 October 2023

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 47th World Hospital Congress, which takes place from 10 to 12 September 2024 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The World Hospital Congress is an annual event, organized by the International Hospital Federation (IHF), and held in different regions of the world. The Congress brings together hospital and healthcare system executives to exchange best practices in leadership and management of healthcare delivery. Each year, the Congress attracts over 1400 participants from more than 70 countries.

Promoting “global learning, local action”, abstracts for the scientific programme can be submitted for any of the five thematic tracks before the deadline of 9 February 2024.

  • TRACK 1: Contemporary leadership: Fit for the future 
  • TRACK 2: Workforce: Fit for the future
  • TRACK 3: Clinical models enhancing quality: Fit for the future 
  • TRACK 4: Innovation in care and hospital operations: Fit for the future 
  • TRACK 5: Sustainability: Fit for the future 

The call for abstracts is open to hospital and healthcare executives, managers, professionals, and providers, as well as government, academic and research institutions, and NGOs. The Congress will provide an international platform to present projects and programmes that showcase innovations, models, and examples of leadership.  

Visit for full submission guidelines and more information about each of the thematic tracks.

The 47th World Hospital Congress is organized by the IHF in collaboration with the Brazilian Hospital Federation (FBH) in the host country. This is the second time that Rio will host the Congress, which was last held in Brazil in 2009.

Ronald Lavater, CEO of the IHF, spoke about the opportunities for rich learning in shining an international spotlight on the Americas region:

“The World Hospital Congress is the International Hospital Federation’s premier event, and we are thrilled to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro in 2024.

Brazil is one of the largest healthcare markets in the world, with a combination of public and private delivery systems serving a complex geographic and socioeconomic landscape. Even on this scale, the issues faced by hospitals and their communities, workers, and patients are common to any other delivery model in countries around the world.  

At the IHF, we know that shared challenges benefit from common solutions. We look forward to hosting an exceptional occasion for knowledge exchange with hospital leaders from Brazil and throughout the Americas region.”

Dr Adelvânio Francisco Morato, President of the Brazilian Hospital Federation, reflected on the importance of peer learning for healthcare leaders:

“Rio de Janeiro is ready with open arms to welcome the global hospital community. We will build a scientific schedule of excellence, and a programme rich in experiences, connections, and learning.  

In the modern healthcare landscape, more than ever, we see the importance of strong leadership providing a compass to mobilize our teams. It is with competency-driven leadership and a commitment to continuous improvement, open to learning from peers worldwide, that we can best serve our health systems and communities.”

In addition to the scientific programme, the Congress will feature forums, workshops, networking and social opportunities, local hospital visits, and poster presentations. Innovation will be a key focus at the i-to-i Innovation Hub, which will showcase cutting-edge innovations from across the globe to demonstrate their impact in transforming hospital and healthcare-delivery settings. And excellence in leadership will be celebrated at the annual IHF Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner.