On behalf of IASP, Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood and Swedish Association for Pain in Childhood we would like to welcome you to Stockholm and the 9th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain. Stockholm is one of the most attractive congress cities in Europe with its beautiful views of the many islands, water and bridges, which give Stockholm its special character. A visit to Sweden at Midsummer time will add extra adventure with our long nights due to the fantastic Northern lights.

The venue chosen for the 9th ISPP 2013, City Conference Center ? Folkets Hus, is centrally located in the city of Stockholm, and there are more than 3000 hotel rooms (ranging from hostels to 5 star hotels) within 10 minutes walking distance. The venue is ideally suited to accommodate all of the scientific and social events with a maximum capacity of 1200 delegates.

Over the years the International Symposium on Pediatric Pain has attracted delegates from all over the world. This meeting will cover a broad selection of topics ranging from basic to clinical science, pharmacology to psychological interventions, acute to chronic pain, pain within hospital as well as community settings and much more.  There will be 7 plenary speakers, more than 30 topical workshops and poster presentations. There will be a call for topical workshops in June 2012 and posters in October 2012. This year there will be special trainee poster award session, where the top 5 trainee posters will be invited to provide a 10 minute talk on their research. The conference website will be regularly updated with information about the Scientific Program, instructions and deadlines for abstract submissions, and registration details (www.ispp2013.org).

A continuing education programme will be held at the Convention Centre on June 17th, the day before the beginning of the main meeting. The theme for the Education Day in 2013 is “Procedural Pain Management”. This will encompass management in children of all ages, from neonates to adolescents, and will have a particular focus on children with special needs.

There will be plenty of opportunities to share knowledge and network during the education day, scientific meeting and social events. The gala dinner will take place at Solliden, Djurgarden, where you can take in the breathtaking view of Stockholm on a warm summer’s eve.  We expect a long night with dancing, music and merriment since the midsummer week offers Sweden almost 24 hours of daylight. Don’t miss the reception at the City Hall known for the Nobel Price Dinner and share the experience with the Nobel laureates of having enjoyed the spectacular gilded and blue Hall.

For those who want to take the opportunity to enjoy Stockholm, Sweden and the rest of the North before or after the congress, there will be ample opportunities to do so.


Warm welcome to ISPP 2013 in Stockholm!


Ulla Caverius

President, Swedish Association of Pain in Childhood
Local Organizing Committee