What makes the IDF congress unique?

The IDF congress is the only truly global meeting bringing together thousands of delegates, close to 300 high-level speakers and representatives from over 24o national diabetes associations from more than 160 countries and territories.

The IDF Congress attracts healthcare professionals, diabetes associations, policy-makers and companies to share the latest findings in diabetes research and best practice. 

Who attends the IDF Congress?

  • Attendees of the IDF congress come from 180 countries and very diverse backgrounds
  • Healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, general practitioners, dieticians, diabetes educators...)
  • Research scientists (university professors, researchers...)
  • Non-profit organisations (diabetes youth organisations, professional organisations of health carers, medical and scientific organisations...)
  • IDF members and other related associations
  • Health policy makers

Why you should not missout? 

  • The IDF Congress provides a unique and unbiased environment for personal and individual interaction with international healthcare professionals.
  • The exhibition serves as an acknowledged platform to present, explain and inform about services and products and is an integral part of the IDF Congress.
  • The IDF Congress allows you to exchange with the diabetes community at large and to address medical doctors and specialised healthcare professionals face-to-face.
  • The IDF Congress strongly supports the educational purpose of the meeting and enhances the congress experience for delegates.

How to secure your participation?

The exhibition will be held in the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center BITEC in Hall 98, offering 8.400 m² column free space of 16m height with full rigging for commercial and non-profit organisations to showcase their services and products.

Contact us for a comprehensive overview of exhibition, satellite symposia and sponsorship opportunities and to receive a copy of the IDF Congress 2021 Industry Prospectus.

Celina Renner
IDF Senior Manager, Congress
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The IDF 2021 Congress will take place at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

The congress centre is directly connected to all congress hotel in the city via the modern and fast BTS Skytrain (Station Bang Na) and has successfully hosted a variety of international conventions and welcomed numerous delegates from around the world.

BITEC offers several large scale, multi-purpose event halls and comprehensive exhibition services. With a total event space of 70,000 sq. m., the purpose-built facility addresses the needs of convention organisers, delegates and exhibitors for easy accessibility, quality and professional services. The column-free venue accommodates up to 40,000 delegates within fully flexible spaces that include 10 expansive exhibition halls, 6 grand convention halls and 28 breakout meeting rooms.

Contact details

88 Debaratna Road (KM1)
Bangna Tai, Bangna
Bangkok 10260

T: +66 2 726 1999
F: +66 2 726 1947

The scientific programme will cover a wide range of topics relevant to diabetes. Across eight parallel streams, it will address the basic science and biology of diabetes, the development and application of new drugs, therapies and technologies, the latest information from clinical trials, the burden of diabetes and its complications in populations around the globe, the prevention of diabetes, and policy and advocacy issues critical to addressing the diabetes pandemic.

A particular focus on issues relating to women and to the voice of people with diabetes will be a feature of the programme.

Speakers will include world-leading experts, early career researchers, and people at the coalface who work with or live with diabetes. A range of different formats from lectures to debates and workshops will present cutting-edge findings and state-of-the-art reviews. The highly interactive environment will encourage exchanges of views and the development of new ideas and collaborations.

The IDF 2021 Programme Committee

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Meet the stream leads of the IDF Congress 2021

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Programme Committee Chair: Jonathan Shaw, Australia

Jonathan is Deputy Director at Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is also an endocrinologist, Chair of the Diabetes Advisory Group to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare and council member of the Australian Diabetes Society.

Joao Nabais        

Vice Chair: João Valente Nabais, Portugal

João Valente Nabais PhD is Assistant Profesor with Habilitation at University of Evora (Portugal). Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981, João has been actively involved in the field of diabetes through his work at national and international level.

Paula Macedo        

Basic and Translational Science Stream Lead: Paula Macedo, Portugal

Paula Macedo is currently Professor at the NOVA Medical School, NOVA University in Lisbon, and at the Department of Medical Sciences Universidade Aveiro, Portugal.

 Andrea Luk        

Diabetes Complications and Comorbidities Stream Lead: Andrea Luk

Andrea Luk is currently the Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR.

Maria Ines Schmidt         

Diabetes in Women Stream Lead: Maria Inês Schmidt

Maria Inês Schmidt MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and epidemiologist trained at the John Hopkins Hospital and at the University of North Carolina.

 Zilin Sun        

Education and Integrated Care Stream Lead: Zilin Sun

Zilin Sun M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Institute of Diabetes in Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

Ayesha Motala         

Epidemiology and Public Health Stream Lead: Ayesha Motala

Ayesha Motala is a specialist physician and currently Professor and Clinical Head in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital affiliated to the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Sana Ajmal         

Living with Diabetes Stream Lead: Sana Ajmal

Sana Ajmal is a seasoned diabetes advocate , with years of experience with various IDF programmes and activities, including Young Leaders in Diabetes, Diabetes Education Consultative Section, the World Diabetes Congress Program Committee and other international bodies.

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Clinical, Therapeutic and Technology Research Stream Lead: Shashank Joshi

Shashank R. Joshi is the Chair of the Southeast Asian Region of IDF and Dean of the Indian College of Physicians from Mumbai, India. He is Past President of the Endocrine Society of India, RSSDI and many other societies in India and Asia.

Niti Pall         

Health Services and Policy Stream Lead: Niti Pall

Niti Pall is President of IDF Europe. She is Global Medical Director for KPMG and Senior Mobile Health Advisor for AXA. She also sits on the board of the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Niti is a senior Doctor who has deep expertise in primary care models and health benefit management across the world.


Learning objectives of each stream are laid out in the Advance Programme.

Call for abstracts

The IDF Congress 2021 welcomes original abstracts on subjects relevant to the eight programme streams.
The online abstract submission is open from 14 April to 19 June 2021. Share your scientific work with a global audience of healthcare professionals following the Abstract submission guidelines.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Applications for Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation for physicians and other healthcare professionals will be presented to the national accreditation body and the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). It is expected that the IDF Congress 2021 will be accredited with approximately 20 hours of CME credits. CME certificates will be available after the congress.

Over 460 million people around the world are currently living with diabetes. Many, particularly in low and middle-income countries, do not have the means to access the medications and supplies they need to manage their condition to avoid complications.

People with diabetes need uninterrupted access to medicines and care. They need healthy food and a safe space to exercise. Caring for diabetes becomes even more difficult when disaster strikes and people are forced to flee. In these difficult circumstances, people with diabetes often struggle to manage their condition and are at increased risk of life-threatening complications.

Since 2009, the International Diabetes Federation has collaborated with the humanitarian organisation Direct Relief to provide access to life-sustaining medication and monitoring to vulnerable populations. The supplies include insulin, needles & syringes, blood glucose meters & strips, and specialized diagnostic equipment.

Direct Relief is active in more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Their assistance programmes are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world's most vulnerable and at-risk populations and their relationships with prominent regional and global associations and agencies enable them to respond to crisis situations in the most timely and effective manner possible. 

DR logo 400pxDirect Relief works closely with all three global insulin manufacturers and is currently the world’s largest provider of humanitarian insulin. Direct Relief’s facility has the refrigeration capacity to store specialty medicines (up to 300 pallets of cold- chain product) for distribution to over 100 countries around the world.

Temperature-sensitive medicines like insulin are shipped in specialised packaging that maintains a constant temperature range for up to 120 hours. To ensure and verify that temperature has been maintained throughout the transit process, temperature-data loggers are inserted into each package to record the internal temperature of the shipment, to be confirmed within range before the product is released for use by those who need them.

In 2019, IDF and Direct Relief began a pilot collaboration to encourage healthcare manufacturers to donate diabetes-related medications and supplies to help address gaps in diabetes care during times of emergency and or crisis situations. The collaboration has resulted in the donation and distribution of over 5 million tablets of oral diabetes medications, tens of thousands of vials of insulin, and diabetes-related supplies to numerous countries, including the Bahamas, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kurdistan, Malawi, North Korea, Republic of Congo, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

IDF and Direct Relief are inviting healthcare companies that manufacture diabetes-related medicines, enabling technologies, and diagnostic products to support this programme with regular donations to assist countries and regions impacted by emergency and disaster situations. IDF will help identify and work with its members in those affected regions that need support to ensure an appropriate and rapid response.

For more information about the initiative and how to support it, please contact:

  • IDF: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Operations
  • Direct Relief: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., VP of Corporate Engagement
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