Dear Colleagues,
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Geneva, Switzerland, for the 6th International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC), which will be held on 14-17 September 2021.

After the challenging past year through the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to bring together the global IPC community becomes even stronger. We believe that all required conditions will be met next September to be able to organize a safe, interactive and stimulating face-to-face conference.

The conference will again offer a unique forum for participants to exchange knowledge and experience in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and control of antimicrobial resistance around the world.

Conscious of the challenges for some colleagues from overseas to travel to Geneva, there will be an opportunity to also connect with us virtually for selected sessions.

The most resonating topics will be addressed including: IPC in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, antimicrobial resistance, catheter-related bloodstream infection, quality of patient care, advanced methods in hospital epidemiology research and early results of major clinical trials in the field, improving prevention strategies using various implementation tools as well as social media, telemedicine, and simulation models.

ICPIC will again collaborate with various international agencies and societies to mobilize even more world experts and key opinion leaders to share their knowledge and expertise, including (among others) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

ICPIC keynotes, symposia, Pro-Con debates, free-papers and meet-the-expert sessions will continue, as will the unique and very popular ICPIC Innovation Academy and ICPIC Clip Award. While retaining the elements that led to the success of the first five ICPIC summits, and continue to boost the possibilities for exchange with your peers, we will surprise you again with new features, too.

We look forward to your active participation in the 6th ICPIC in September 2021, as well as to welcoming you to Geneva – please mark your calendars!

Didier Pittet

Prof. Didier Pittet


Harbarth, Stephan

Prof. Stephan Harbarth

Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee