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XXV World Congress of Neurology is going virtual!

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,

The world is slowly taking the road to recovery, as vaccination programs are rolling out. We truly hoped that 2021 would bring back our normal routines and we would have been able to see each other in person. Despite our best hopes, we feel October is too soon to realize this in a safe and accessible way for all.

Therefore, the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the Society of Italian Neurology (SIN), have decided to hold the XXV World Congress of Neurology as an entirely virtual event taking place on the same dates – October 3-7, 2021.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold the XXV World Congress of Neurology was to be held in the magnificent state-of-the-art La Nuvola Conference Centre against the backdrop of the timeless magic of the Eternal City. Thanks to the innovative ingenuity of the organizing committees and Kenes, the PCO, this virtual World Congress will retain much of that same Eternal City magic.

As we adapt to the online world, we remain dedicated to bringing the latest science in the field of neurology to you. The Scientific Program and Teaching Program are still at the core of the World Congress of Neurology. Two years in preparation, each World Congress has its own individual character. From new Scientific Program and Teaching Program Committees, plenary lectures and the Tournament of the Minds, the individuality of this Congress will be displayed, and you will be once again treated to a superb experience.

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) is honored to be hosting the XXV WCN with the Society of Italian Neurology (SIN) as co-hosts. The WFN is particularly delighted to have Professor Antonio Federico as the XXV WCN President. It has been pleasing to experience the collaborative teamwork between the WFN and SIN in developing the XXV World Congress. Several innovative developments have flowed from solutions to apparent problems. Most notably, the Congress now has a distinct Italian character complementing the overall WCN.

Another feature of a WCN, even in this new virtual format, is the effort the Program Committees inject to ensure that all regions of the world are represented among the invited speakers and chairs, as are members of the Global Neurology Alliance. Professors Kennard and Tedeschi, as Scientific Program co-chairs and Professors Lewis and Berardelli as Teaching Program co-chairs are to be congratulated. One final feature not to be overlooked is the assistance given to young neurologists and trainees, especially from less well-resourced regions of the world, to attend WCN 2021.

We wish all those intending to attend or considering attending, as well as those preparing the Congress, the best of health and a commensurate best World Congress of Neurology. We are looking forward to sharing this new, enhanced virtual experience with you this October!

William M Carroll
President, World Federation of Neurology

William M Carroll
President, World Federation of Neurology
Antonio Federico
President, XXV World Congress of Neurology

Antonio Federico
President, XXV World Congress of Neurology

Virtual Congress FAQ

Please see below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Virtual event.

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the Society of Italian Neurology (SIN), have made the decision to hold the XXV World Congress of Neurology as an entirely virtual event taking place on the same dates – October 3-7, 2021. All speakers and presentations, interactive poster displays and exhibitors will be held entirely online.

The XXV World Congress of Neurology will be taking place between October 3-7, 2021 with live-streamed and recorded sessions according to the program schedule. All of the meeting content will be available to registered participants on-demand after the congress.

The content will be available on-demand for a period following the congress dates, for all registered participants. More information on how long the content will be available after the congress dates will follow for registered participants, sponsors & exhibitors only.

To attend the XXV World Congress of Neurology, you need a good internet connection, your device or computer, and a valid registration. You will receive login details a few days prior to the event.


The WCN 2021 Congress will offer you a full virtual experience and the opportunity to take part in every aspect of the program including:

  • Open access to presentations and session recordings. Create your own schedule, attend any and all of the sessions whenever and wherever you choose.
  • Network with colleagues. Browse a list of participants and click on their name to contact them.
  • Earn 35 European CME credits attributed to the WCN 2021 virtual congress.
  • Access all the e-posters. Browse research on the hottest topics published in the online Journal of the Neurological Sciences and connect with the abstract authors and other colleagues from around the world through the e-poster virtual consultations.
  • Join the debate. During live-streamed or recorded sessions, participate in live conversations with delegates from all over the world.
  • Take part in the first-ever virtual Tournament of Minds and compete with colleagues online.
  • Visit the virtual exhibition hall. Journey through the exhibition booths, explore the displayed materials, contact exhibitors directly, and chat with other visitors.

Yes, you are automatically registered for the virtual edition of  WCN 2021. As a registered delegate who has paid the full rate, we will refund the difference to the same payment method initially charged. If you wish to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, please let us know by e-mail:

Abstract submission and late breaking abstract submissions are now closed.

You can use the contact form here nd select Registration as the Subject.

If you would like to cancel your registration to the virtual congress, you are able to receive a refund. Please consult the cancellation policy outlined on the registration page for the most up to date information. Please click here.

Program and sessions

We are doing our best to ensure that the WCN 2021 will incorporate as much of the well-known physical congress experience and atmosphere as possible. All delegates will be contacted with timely updates on the program schedule in due course.

No, the slides from the session presentations cannot be downloaded, but you will be able to have the oral presentations of many presenters, where the slides are being shown.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation in the program.

Some sessions will be live and some will be pre-recorded. We are doing everything to ensure the highest possible quality of the virtual congress while maintaining the energy of live sessions and live interactions.

Speakers are encouraged to add email/social media information to their slides in order to enable participants to reach out with questions and comments.


  • Upon acceptance of your abstract, you will be contacted personally with information about submitting your e-poster.
  • Accepted poster presenters will be asked to upload an e-poster as a 1-page file.
  • Accepted poster presenters will be given the option of recording a short MP3 file to explain their poster.
  • Interaction between the E poster presenters and the participants will be available through chat.
  • E-posters will be available throughout the Congress and afterwards.

For other abstract-related questions, please use the contact form here, selecting Abstracts as the subject.

All accepted abstracts are scheduled in the Scientific Program either as Oral or Poster presentations. It is expected that at least one author of the abstract attend the meeting to present the work and answer questions. Only abstracts of registered participants will be scheduled in the Scientific Program.

Only after all abstracts have been reviewed by the Scientific Committee will notifications be sent to the abstract submitters. Every effort is made to conclude this process within one month after the abstract submission deadline. Please refer to the Key Dates.

You may enter the Abstract Submission system with your username and password and make changes to your abstract until the submission deadline date. No abstract changes will be accepted after this date, however, you are welcome to make changes to the ePoster that you will upload.

Copies of your accepted and registered abstracts will be published on the congress website and in the online Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

Please try one of the following options via the abstract submission page:

1. In case you are using “Internet Explorer”, please try other internet browsers e.g. “Google Chrome” or “Mozilla”.

2. When you copy and paste your user name and password please make sure there is no extra space at the beginning or the end of them.

3. In case your password contains the letter “O” please make sure you do not type “0” (Zero) instead of the letter “O”.

4. Please note that the username or ID received when registering for the congress is different from the abstract submission. Please use the abstract submission username or “create new account”.

Please note that the username is shown in the “Subject line” in the confirmation email received when setting up a new account.


Yes, there will be a virtual exhibition area.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation.

There is no registration for exhibition only, all exhibitors and participants may access the full virtual congress.