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Since its foundation in 1960, the International Society of Nephrology has strived to increase global networking and build more partnerships between the global nephrology community, industry, pharmaceutical companies and organizations with aligned missions of fighting non-communicable diseases. Through its variety of meeting formats the Society provides several different educational platforms for timely scientific exchange, debate and dissemination between healthcare professionals around the world.

ISN’s event portfolio is composed of:

ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN)

ISN World Congress of Nephrology is the leading biennial educational event in international nephrology, attracting attendance from the worldwide nephrology community, including physicians, academicians, and clinical and basic researchers, as well as other healthcare professionals involved in multidisciplinary nephrology care. It not only features a world-class scientific program but also reflects the unique role of ISN’s efforts in advancing renal care around the world.

Following the ISN World Congress of Nephrology (2019), ISN will organize a yearly congress with a specific regional focus and new features that build on the current strengths of WCN and offer an improved learning experience for participants, including networking and sessions tailored to a global audience.

ISN Global Kidney Health Summit

The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit took place from July 26 to 28, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Some 75 key global opinion leaders and researchers attended, representing the international community, ISN committees and programs, scientists, policy-makers and patients. The Summit’s overarching goal was to develop a blueprint for action to change the status of kidney health worldwide, building on present knowledge, research and clinical activities. This event was by invitation only).

ISN Frontiers Meetings

ISN Nexus and Forefronts meetings will be replaced by the ISN Frontiers meetings, focusing on specific topics and complementing the scientific and geographic coverage of WCN. Up to two Frontiers meetings will be held each year, with at least one of the meetings attracting an audience of over 500 attendees from all over the world.

ISN Continuing Medical Education program

Together with national/regional societies and local physician organizers, ISN helps bring essential teaching and training to doctors and health care practitioners in the emerging world through its Continuing Medical Education program.

Endorsed Meetings

ISN values the exchange of science and providing education in the form of organized meetings/workshops and therefore endorses events of high scientific and educational quality that benefit the renal and related scientific communities worldwide.

All upcoming ISN events as well as meetings organized by partnering and related organizations can be found on the Calendar of Events page.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Enquiries

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at any of the ISN events, please contact Luca Segantini at or Matthieu Van Der Straten at


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