General Information / Deadlines

We welcome you to attend the Annual Congress of the Schizophrenia International Research Society in Florence, Italy 4-8 April 2020. The Program Committee will be led by Deanna Barch and Peter Falkai. This year’s Congress will be held at the Firenze Fiera Fortezza da Basso rather than the Palazzo Congressi as in past years.

Please note that sessions on the first day of the congress program will begin earlier on the Saturday, 4 April 2020 compared to previous years. We encourage you to make your travel plans accordingly and don’t miss out on the exciting additions to the program! For a detailed schedule, click on the schedule button below.


Corona Virus Update

The Executive Office and organizers are keeping a close watch on the developments on travel restrictions from China. At this point there is no plan to cancel the meeting, however, we will continue to monitor the situation.

According to the order of the Italian Ministry of Health dated February 3, Italian Embassy has suspended VISA from China to Italy until February 29, 2020. No VISA will be released for Chinese citizens despite special authorization of embassy and permission of PRC police.

For Chinese participants who already did an application for VISA with the Embassy, their file is pending. For Chinese participants who already obtained a VISA, it is not permitted to fly to ITA and Police will block you at the airport.



Late-Breaking Poster Submissions: The deadline to submit is Thursday, 6 February 2020. Notification of acceptance or otherwise will be emailed to the presenter in March 2020.

Pharmaceutical Pipeline: Pharmaceutical Pipeline abstracts will not be included in the online abstract publication. The deadline to submit is Friday, 17 January 2020.

Symposium Submissions Closed: The deadline to submit a symposium was 1 October 2019. Notification for acceptance or otherwise will be emailed to all participants in mid-November.

Oral/Poster and Travel Award Submissions Closed: The oral/poster deadline was 22 November 2019. Notifications for acceptance or otherwise will be emailed to all participants in late December.



Honorific Awards and Global Schizophrenia Award Submissions Closed  The deadline to submit awards was 22 November 2019. Awardees will be notified in January 2020.



Poster Presentation & Mounting Instructions


Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Group Submissions Closed: Notifications with the allocation of space will go out in mid-November.

Media Embargo Policy

Any press release issued by a presenter, the presenter’s employer, or any other outside person or entity about a presentation scheduled for the SIRS Congress must be embargoed until the time and date of the presentation and should be clear that it is not sanctioned by SIRS. This includes any detail of the abstract and the title.