A Scientific Program Accessible for All

Virtual WCN’21 gave access to a week-long livestream of scientific and educational courses and sessions, networking and a number of special events and features, available on-demand for weeks after the congress.

For detailed information on the congress schedule, sessions, speakers, and topics, visit the sub-pages via the menu on the left.

Respecting the original location of WCN’21 in Montreal, Canada, the livestream ran on Montreal time (EDT).

Promoting inclusiveness and for your convenience, all recorded presentations have English subtitles included, made possible by AstraZeneca and Janssen.

April 12-15


April 16-19


April 20-May 31

Platform Remains Open

Pre-congress (April 12-15)

  • Between April 12-14, ISN collective-member societies joined us in special Raising-the-Curtain sessions, connecting our entire community around the world
  • Between April 12-14, pre-congress courses were made available with on-demand access*
  • On April 15, pre-congress courses went live including interactive components, Q&A, case presentations and discussion

Congress (April 16-19)

Each congress day included 6 hours of scheduled chaired sessions with recorded presentations and opportunities for live Q&A with speakers or session chairs, networking, and plenty other activities. While the platform was accessible on a 24-hour basis, the congress livestream ran between 8:00am and 14:00pm EDT, from April 16 to April 19. Acknowledging that it is impossible to reach all around the world at a convenient time for everybody, all sessions were made available for on-demand viewing as soon as possible after the livestream. For those time zones without convenient access to all the live congress content, a Daily Highlight Session featured a special selection of presentations, focusing on one of the congress themes, AKI, CKD and ESKD.

  • On April 16, the formal Congress Opening included messages of welcome and opening plenary lecture
  • On April 16, the ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum, which is a yearly high-level meeting, brought together key decision-makers and stakeholders to address the burden of kidney disease
  • Each congress day, renowned Plenary Speakers gave presentations in 60-minute cutting-edge plenaries
  • A line-up of 150 internationally renowned speakers presented over 45 congress scientific sessions on a range of topics, fixed around the main scientific themes of acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, and end stage kidney disease. A dedicated session focused on late breaking clinical trials. The congress also featured a series of sessions focusing on COVID-19. Special sessions were organized jointly with international partner societies.
  • The ISN Community Film Event showed stories through 6 short movies that raise awareness and understanding of the reality of living with kidney disease
  • The Poster Gallery presents hundreds of abstracts in an interactive manner
  • Topical Networking Events invite you to engage in direct conversation with participants, hosted on our innovative and interactive networking platform

Access on-demand and at your fingertips (April 20- May 31)

The congress platform will remain fully accessible between April 20 and May 31, with all presentations, posters and networking accessible on-demand and at your fingertips.