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A Message from the IFFS President: Richard Kennedy                     


Dear Colleagues,


I am delighted to be able to write to you at the start of a three year term as President of the International Federation of Fertility Societies, a task I undertake with humility and enthusiasm.


The period 2013-2016 saw the IFFS make substantial progress in its mission and further raise its international profile. As we start a new triennium we have just held our 22nd World Congress. This event was a first for India and a success in every respect thanks to the efforts of Basil Tarlatzis who led the Scientific Programme Committee and the local organising team led by Dhiraj Gada, Kuldeep Jain and Hrishikish Pai.


2016 has also seen the publication of the IFFS Surveillance (Editor, Steve Ory), the launch of our journalGlobal Reproductive Health (Editor, Alan Decherney), further developments in our educational programme (Director, Paul Devroey) and consolidation of our NGO role with World Health Organisation. In addition, we have begun planning for the 23rd World Congress to be held in Shanghai (2019) and are set to co-host a major international meeting with the Russian Association of Human Reproduction in St Petersburg (6-9 September 2017).


The fact that we begin the triennium 2016-19 in such good shape is due in no small part to the tireless efforts of Joe Leigh Simpson who, as Past President, now takes on the Chairmanship of the Scientific Committee which will prepare the program for the 23rd World Congress. Together with Joe Leigh, I am joined by President Elect, Linda Giudice who will take a lead in WHO matters; Secretary General, Gabriel de Candolle and Treasurer, Marcos Horton.


There is much work to do as we reach out globally to support fellow professionals working in reproductive medicine and the needs of the infertile. We will advocate for increased access and promote safe and high quality practice. We will vigorously pursue our core mission of education and work closely with WHO, supporting delivery of the SDGs as they relate to reproductive health and collaborating with the HRP. As we undertake this work we will engage with our member societies and collaborate with our fellow NGOs to add value to each other’s efforts.

I look forward to the next three years and am confident that with a talented and committed Executive Team and Board we will continue to progress our mission in support of our members and to the benefit of patients.


Warm regards,







IFFS World Congress History


The World Congress on Fertility and Sterility is an event nearly as old as the IFFS itself. The consideration to hold a congress was explored when the IFFS formed in 1951. The first congress, held in 1953 in New York City was a joint meeting with the American Society for the Study of Sterility (later to become ASRM). The IFFS triennial congress has drawn numerous international luminaries from within the field of reproductive health care during the course of its 62 year history as a global event.


IFFS World Congress Past events

22nd          2016            New Delhi, India

21st           2013            Boston, USA

20th           2010            Munich, Germany

19th           2007            Durban, South Africa

18th           2004            Montreal, Canada

17th           2001            Melbourne, Australia

16th           1998            San Francisco, USA

15th           1995            Montpellier, France

14th           1992            Caracas, Venezuela

13th           1989            Marrakech, Morocco

12th           1986            Singapore

11th           1983            Dublin, Ireland

10th           1980            Madrid, Spain

9th             1977            Miami, USA

8th             1974            Buenos Aires, Argentina

7th             1971            Tokyo, Japan

6th             1968            Tel Aviv, Israel

5th             1966            Stockholm, Sweden

4th             1962            Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

3rd             1959            Vienna, Austria

2nd            1956            Naples, Italy

1st             1953            New York, USA

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