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2018 IFA Congress will be held in Hiroshima, Japan

The International Fluency Association’s Meetings and Conferences Committee is excited to announce that the IFA’s 9th World Congress in 2018 will be in Hiroshima, JAPAN!

We would like to say a huge thank you to the bidding teams from Argentina and South Africa as well. We really appreciate all the hard work both teams have put into their bids.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all the latest information about the Congress we’ll be posting regular updates on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

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Bidding to host the International Congress of Fluency Disorders

The IFA was founded in 1989 to promote international liaison in the area of fluency disorders and to promote the understanding of these disorders. International congresses are organised every three years in venues selected from around the world. In 1994, the Congress was held in Munich, Germany; San Francisco, USA in 1997; Nyborg, Denmark in 2000; Montreal, Canada in 2003; Dublin, Ireland in 2006; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009; Tours, France in 2012 and Lisbon, Portugal in 2015.

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One World, Many Voices: Science and Community: Hiroshima 2018

The Organising Team are pleased to announce the theme for the 2018 Inaugural Joint World Congress of the International Stuttering Association, International Fluency Association and International Cluttering Association to be held in Hiroshima, Japan, alongside local host organisation the Japanese Society of Stuttering and other Fluency Disorders. We would like to thank everyone who engaged in the lively discussions regarding the choice of theme, and to all those who voted in the poll. We are happy to say that the theme chosen by popular vote is:

One World, Many Voices: Science and Community

We hope that this theme appropriately captures the spirit of the congress. Our aim is to create a worthwhile, accessible and affordable event that will allow everyone attending to feel welcomed, included and valued. We want people who stutter or clutter to feel safe and surrounded by friends. We want those who work clinically to have opportunities to share and update their skills. We want to give researchers an opportunity to present high-quality research in a stimulating environment, while simultaneously giving those who explore innovative and new approaches to living with stuttering a chance to share their experiences and ideas. We hope that worthwhile advances in quality of life and advocacy for those living with fluency disorders can occur in the context of open dialogue and mutual respectful exchange among people who stutter or clutter, therapists working with those who seek help, and researchers seeking to understand the nature and best treatment of fluency disorders.

Information regarding dates and venue will follow early in 2017. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Hiroshima!

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