General Information


Location and Venue
Assistance for Attendees with Special Needs
Attire/Dress Code for the Congress
Camera, Cell Phone, and Video Recording Devices Policy
Career Resources and Employment Opportunities

Certificate of Attendance

CME/CEU Credits
Family Room/Child Care
Internet Access
Letters of Invitation
Visa and Passport

History of the International Congress of Human Genetics



The International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) is the world’s foremost meeting of the international human genetics community, and is held every five years. The first Congress was held in 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and subsequent venues have included major cities from around the world (see list of past venues below). The 12th International Congress is organized on behalf of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies (IFHGS) and in 2011, the host will be the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) based in Bethesda, Maryland (USA). As the ASHG 61st Annual Meeting will be subsumed within the 12th International Congress, the anticipated attendance is over 7,000 delegates from countries around the world.

The ICHG 2011 Congress will feature invited presentations from the world’s leading geneticists, along with a variety of panel sessions, symposia, workshops, and other abstract-driven sessions focusing on the most important and recent developments in basic, translational, and clinical human genetics research and technology. Some sessions will have very large audiences, while some activities will be set in smaller, more interactive formats. The Scientific Program Committee is responsible for selecting submitted abstracts for presentation in platform and poster formats. Students and postdoctoral trainees are encouraged to attend the meeting and present their work through a variety of trainee award competitions and programs supported by various professional organizations from around the world.

By 2011, the tangible impact of the Human Genome Project and advances in genomic science, biotechnology, and personalized medicine on human health will make attendance at the 12th International Congress essential for scientists in all fields related to genetic/genomic research, as well as many clinicians and health care providers. As scientific research becomes more collaborative and crosses geographic boundaries, the interaction among scientists becomes more vital and vibrant, and international meetings such as the 2011 Congress become increasingly important to attend, as they play a key role in advancing human genetics and genomics research and making vital connections among members of the worldwide human genetics community.  In 2011, the International Congress of Human Genetics will be a major focal point and the world’s platform of science for the time, and provide an unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world.


Past Venues

2006    Brisbane, Australia
2001    Vienna, Austria
1996 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1991 Washington DC, United States
1986 Berlin, Germany
1981 Jerusalem, Israel
1976 Mexico City, Mexico
1971 Paris, France
1966 Chicago, United States
1961 Rome, Italy
1956 Copenhagen, Denmark