IDF Congress

The IDF Congress is a core activity of the Federation, offering a global platform to discuss a broad range of diabetes issues, from latest scientific advances to cutting-edge information on education, diabetes care, advocacy and awareness. Participants include physicians, scientists, nurses, educators and other healthcare professionals, as well as government representatives, policy makers, people with diabetes, IDF members and media.

The IDF Congress is held every two years in a different location around the world. From its first congress held in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1952 to the most recent congress in Abu Dhabi in 2017, the number of participants has grown from a few hundred to over 12,000 delegates from 180 countries.

The IDF Congress is complemented by a series of live educational events focusing on diabetes complications, the first of which will take place in Hyderabad, India, in October 2018.

IDF Congress 2019 - Busan, Korea

The global diabetes community will unite again at the IDF Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea on 2-6 December 2019. IDF 2019 will mark a return to the IDF Western Pacific Region following the successful IDF Congress held in Melbourne in 2013. The region has the largest population of all IDF regions and accounts for close to 40% of all diabetes cases in the world.

The IDF 2019 scientific programme comprises of eight streams and is now open for your topic suggestions. Submit topics that you would like to see covered at the IDF Congress by 14 May 2018.

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IDF Diabetes Complications Congress 2018 - Hyderabad, India

We invite you to attend the IDF Diabetes Complications Congress 2018 in Hyderabad, India on 25-27 October 2018. This is the first in a new series of live educational events developed by IDF  to tackle the issues around diabetes complications.

India, home to the second largest number of diabetes cases (73 million in 2017), is the ideal setting for IDF 2018. With over half of people currently living with diabetes in the country estimated to be undiagnosed, there is urgency to increase awareness and knowledge of diabetes and its associated complications.

IDF 2018 will feature over 100 invited speakers from around the world; a dynamic programme, spread over seven streams, that will provide participants with the latest research, treatments and tools to limit and treat diabetes complications; and a lively exhibition showcasing the latest advances in diabetes complications care and technology.

IDF Congress 2017 - Abu Dhabi, UAE

The 24th edition of the IDF Congress was held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on 4-8 December 2017.

IDF 2017 obtained the prestigious patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and was rewarded with the presence of the Chairman of the Department of Health who met with Associations and Corporate Partners, benefitting from their global presence at his doorstep.

Over 4.5 days the IDF 2017 scientific programme brought the latest developments in diabetes clinical practice, management, education, prevalence and public health issues to 7500 international healthcare professionals from 182 countries. It consisted of over 160 hours of sessions in nine streams330 high-level speakers and over 1000 posters on display. IDF 2017 was accredited with a record 25 CME credits.

More than 40 international exhibitors saw a prestigious opening of the exhibition floor, led by the Chairman of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, and over 100 IDF Members showcased their activities in the Global Village.

Our Congress Library provides unrestricted and free access to the full scientific programme, searchable by stream, topic, speaker, date, session type and keyword.

Browse through our picture gallery to bring back memories of your IDF 2017 experience.

As a delegate you can still download your CME certificate and Certificate of Attendance:

  • To get your CME certificate, access your congress profile, click on “my certificate”, complete the congress evaluation and then print your certificate. If you do not have your congress profile login details, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • To get your certificate of attendance, access your congress profile , click on “my certificate” and then “print your certificate of attendance”.
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