Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the most common frequently asked questions about ICFP 2022.

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General FAQs

How do I register for ICFP 2022?

Registration for the next ICFP will open in spring 2022. More information will be released in late summer/early fall. Please visit us then for the latest information.

Which organizations support the ICFP?

Many organizations partnered with us to bring the 2018 ICFP conference to fruition. Through their collective efforts, the conference program was significantly enriched.

The ICFP is made possible with support from the ICFP Core Organizing Group—Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationDavid and Lucile Packard FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation,  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)United Nations Foundation (UNF)Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)Population Services International (PSI)Marie Stopes International (MSI)International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DfID) and Government of Canada, as well as the International Steering Committee, comprised of more than 60 partner organizations, and the National Steering Committee of the ICFP.

2018 ICFP sponsors included: Bayer, Pfizer, Pathfinder, dkt, Guttmacher Institute, IBP Initiative, jhpiego, Merck for Mothers, Abt, Ipas, PRB, IntraHealth, EngenderHealth, PAI, PATH, World Vision, AmplifyChange, Promundo, University of Michigan, DSW, CCP, fhi360, Women Deliver, CIFF, PFI, DRPC, She Decides, Enabel, HDI, Partners in Health, Society for Family Health Rwanda and World Vasectomy Day.

ICPF 2022 Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please visit Sponsorship Opportunities for updated information.

Will translation services be available at ICFP 2022?

The official language of ICFP is English. But, it is our hope that we will once again be able to offer French translation in over 50% of all sessions. We also hope to provide translation software which all attendees with smartphones and/or computers will be able to utilize.  All sessions taking place in the main Plenary Hall will have both French and Thai translation.

Where is ICFP 2022?

This global gathering will take place in Pattaya City, Thailand at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH). Pattaya City is a coastal city conveniently located 90 minutes southeast of Bangkok along the East Coast of Thailand.

Where can I find more information about the ICFP side events and pre-conferences?

ICFP side events: Side events for the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning include any meetings, workshops, panels, networking sessions, training courses, and presentations that take place outside of the programmed conference hours (8:30 to 17:40). Most side events are not organized by the ICFP hosts, but by partner organizations and our various subcommittees. They are an opportunity for groups to convene stakeholders to focus on their own area of interest in the format of their choice. If you are interested in hosting an onsite side event within the convention center complex, they are offered through our various sponsorship packages.

The 2018 conference included more than 80 onsite and offsite side events and pre-conferences. 

ICFP Pre-Conference: Pre-conferences are organized and hosted by our community partners. You can find more about these communities in the Communities Tab on this website to learn about planned pre-conferences. 

How many people do you expect to attend the 2022 ICFP?

Based upon our usual increase in attendance, we initially anticipated approximately 5,000 attendees at the ICFP 2022 from over 120 countries around the world.  However, we have attempted to mitigate as much risk as possible to the safety and health of our delegates by postponing the conference until November 14-17, 2022, at which time we hope a vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available in all countries in which our delegates reside. This may affect our total number of attendees. See below for more information about ICFP postponement and planning around pandemic issues.

Who can I contact if my question isn't answered here?

If your question or concern was not addressed in the above FAQs, please reach out to the following (note that during peak conference events responses may be delayed).

Registration & Hotels:



Side Events:


Youth Pre-Conference & Youth Leadership Applications:

Subcommittee questions or sign-up:

General inquiries:

Scientific Program FAQs

Can abstract reviewers, members of sub-committees, or people otherwise involved with planning ICFP submit abstracts?

Yes! There are no restrictions on who can submit. Reviewers should not review their own abstracts and will be given an opportunity to note any conflicts of interest once abstracts are assigned.

Are there limits on the number of abstracts that can be submitted by individuals or organizations?

No. Individuals and organizations can submit as many abstracts as they like. However each individual can appear only twice in the program as a presenter in either a traditional oral or flash presentation session so authors should consider identifying a range of presenting authors.

Can abstracts cover already published findings?

No. Journal articles that are already accepted for publication or published before the abstract submission deadline should not be submitted. If journal articles are accepted for publication and published before ICFP that is acceptable.

Can you submit the same presentation for both individual and preformed panels?

No. You should submit each potential presentation only once as either an individual abstract or as part of a pre-formed panel.

Do all presenters need to be in person at ICFP?

We hope that all presenters will be able to attend the event in person and presenters will be given priority for registration. However, we are working to identify alternative options for presenters to present remotely.


Will there be international travel restrictions?

While we have postponed the ICFP to allow time for the development and distribution of a vaccine for COVID-19, it is too early to predict any potential travel restrictions. There may be a vaccination record needed for travel. Sign up for email alerts for up-to-the-minute information on conference logistics as they become available, or check back on the logistics tab.

What measures will be taken to ensure my health and safety?

We are planning to implementing a number of measures to ensure the safety of all delegates, depending upon the situation, including:

  • Increased number of, and access to, hand-washing/hand-sanitizing stations
  • Promoting personal protective practices – safe physical distancing, hand washing, use of a mask
  • Offering virtual, live-streamed activities
  • Changing the event program to reduce high-risk activities such as those that require physical contact between participants
  • COVID-19 detection, surveillance and quarantine facilities
  • Possible requirement of vaccination to attend
Are you expecting the same number of people to attend the rescheduled conference?

Depending on the availability of a vaccination against COVID-19, we may be able to host the same number of delegates or more than we saw at ICFP 2018— around 4,200.  However, if a vaccine is not widely available prior to the conference, travel restrictions and/or physical distancing safety measures may require us to limit the number of ICFP attendees. It is our plan to uphold the original mission of the conference—bringing delegates together from across the globe to disseminate knowledge, celebrate successes, network, and identify next steps toward reaching our collective goals. Therefore, we may postpone the conference further to ensure that all delegates that wish to attend have access to this opportunity despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Are side events and pre-conference events still available?

Even though the conference has been postponed, organizations can still set up a sponsorship, and secure a side event and exhibit booth. For more information on sponsorships, please visit

Do you offer registration reimbursement if I change my mind about attending?"

Yes, there will be a registration refund schedule put into place once registration has opened. Attendees will also have the opportunity to transfer paid registration to another individual.

Is there a chance the conference will be canceled altogether?

The only option we are considering is postponement.  Due to the fact that the ICFP occurs every 2-2.5 years, rescheduling the conference dates still allows for a substantial gap between ICFPs, which affords us quite a bit of flexibility around scheduling.

I already submitted an abstract, but I want to use it for an earlier conference. Who do I contact?

Due to the fact that the conference date is currently scheduled for November 14-17, 2022 and may be postponed further as COVID-19 dictates, the ICFP Scientific Subcommittee recognizes that many authors who have already submitted their abstracts may now wish to present this submission at an earlier conference or change their findings based upon new data collected.  Therefore, the ICFP suggests that those who have already submitted an abstract should resubmit upon the reopening of the abstract portal. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

When will registration for ICFP 2022 open?

Early bird registration will open in early 2022. Sign up for email alerts for up-to-the-minute information on conference logistics as they become available, or check back on the logistics tab.

When will the ICFP 2022 abstract submission process open?

The opening of the abstract submission process has been delayed to January 12, 2022. Sign up for email alerts for up-to-the-minute information on conference logistics as they become available, or check back on the logistics tab.

Why were registration and abstracts delayed?

Due to the postponement of ICFP, the ICFP Secretariat and Core Organizing Group has decided to delay registration and abstract submissions to align with the new conference dates in November 2022.

How does this delay affect the timing of other deadlines?

The new key dates & deadline schedule can be found here. Sign up for email alerts for up-to-the-minute information on all ICFP activities.

Special Note

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICFP 2022 abstract submission process will be postponed to align with the new conference dates. For questions about submitting an abstract, please contact To be the first to know about abstraction submission and other conference logistics, add your email to the ICFP mailing list in the footer below.