General information


Welcome to the 16th ICML, the largest international conference on malignant lymphoma, to be held in Lugano, Switzerland, from June 15 to 19, 2021.

For the first time, we have decided not to print the “Preliminary Program” and “Call for abstracts” in order to be more environmentally friendly. All information related to the 16th ICML is available on this website, which we invite you to explore.

We are proud to announce that this edition is a very special one, since we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ICML, which was held in Lugano back in 1981. It will be a unique occasion to celebrate together with our participants and sponsors, our friends from the Advisory Board, our numerous reviewers and also with the City of Lugano.


We look forward to welcome you in Lugano for another exciting ICML!


Franco Cavalli                    Francesco Bertoni

ICML President                  Organizing Committee Chairman



Covid-19 updates

The Organizing Committee is currently working on the organization of the 16-ICML according to its usual schedule and format, as we are confident that the event can take place as scheduled.

However, given the continuous evolution of the current situation with respect to Covid-19, the Organizing Committee is considering different alternatives in the event that it will not be possible to hold the Congress in the usual way. We are constantly monitoring the situation and any updates will be published on this website.

Participant profile and congress objectives

The meeting objectives and learning outcomes are:

  • Acquaintance with the latest advances in basic science regarding lymphoma
  • Learning about recent results of translational research in lymphoma
  • Information on the most recent data from clinical studies
  • Fostering discussion and sharing of ideas among attendees about innovations in the field of lymphoma
  • Spreading evidence-based knowledge of primary clinical relevance

The content of the Program aims to:

  • Provide information that is useful to the work of participants and relevant to practice techniques
  • Present well-balanced data supported by adequate evidence
  • Allow time for discussion and questions

The last ICML Congress (15-ICML) brought together about 3’500 physicians from all over the world: hematologists, clinical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pediatricians, pathologists and leading researchers involved in the study and treatment of lymphoid neoplasms.


16-ICML Advisory Board

The Advisory Board gathers lymphoma experts and specialists from around the world. Their role is fundamental in the development of the ICML Scientific Program, helping the Organizing Committee to ensure not only the impartiality of the evaluation but also the multiplicity of approaches and skills.
They contribute to the choice of topics and speakers and evaluate the submitted abstracts. During the days of the Conference they collaborate by introducing special lectures and moderating the sessions (that take place in Lugano).


Members of 16-ICML Advisory Board:

James O. Armitage, Omaha, NE (USA) – Chairman
Elias Campo, Barcelona (Spain)

Bruce D. Cheson, Washington, D.C. (USA)
Nicholas Chiorazzi, Manhasset, NY (USA)
Wee Joo Chng, Singapore (Singapore)
Riccardo Dalla-Favera, New York, NY (USA)
Stephan Dirnhofer, Basel (Switzerland)
Martin Dreyling, Munich (Germany)
Jonathan W. Friedberg, Rochester, NY (USA)
Gianluca Gaidano, Novara (Italy)

Philippe Gaulard, Créteil (France)

Mary K. Gospodarowicz, Toronto, ON (Canada)
Peter W.M. Johnson, Southampton (UK)

Brad S. Kahl, St. Louis, MO (USA)

Ralf Küppers, Essen (Germany)

John P. Leonard, New York, NY (USA)

T. Andrew Lister, London (UK)

Markus G. Manz, Zurich (Switzerland)

Ari M. Melnick, New York, NY (USA)

Koichi Ohshima, Kurume (Japan)

Astrid Pavlovsky, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez de Fend, Tübingen (Germany)

S. Vincent Rajkumar, Rochester, MN (USA)
Kerry J. Savage, Vancouver, BC (Canada)
John F. Seymour, Melbourne (Australia)

Margaret A. Shipp, Boston, MA (USA)

Lena Specht, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Catherine Thieblemont, Paris (France)
Pier Luigi Zinzani, Bologna (Italy)

Wilhelm Wössmann, Hamburg (Germany)
Weili Zhao, Shanghai (China)

Certificate of Attendance

After the Congress, participants will be able to download the certificate of attendance from this website and through the App.

European CME accreditation will NOT be applied for. As in any ICML Congress, the Program will be defined according to the usual criteria of impartiality and scientific excellence.

European School of Oncology (ESO)

The 16-ICML Program will be part of the fourth edition of the Certificate of Competence in Lymphoma, a 14-month European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) program developed by the European School of Oncology (ESO) and academically recognized by the University of Ulm. The purpose of the Certificate of Competence is to provide a curriculum of studies to advance knowledge and science in the management of lymphoma patients.

For further information: contact the ESO Bellinzona office.


A Full Immersion Course on Lymphoma, an intensive and interactive course organized in cooperation with ESO, will take place immediately before the 16-ICML.

Date: 12-14 June, 2021

Location: Hotel De la Paix, Lugano

The international faculty will guide participants through the complexity of biology and important clinical lymphoma issues, offering interactive case presentations, small group seminars and extensive opportunities for discussion.

There will also be the possibility for participants and experts to exchange ideas and points of view in an informal setting.

Attendance will be limited to 80 participants and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information about the Full Immersion Course on Lymphoma: contact the ESO Bellinzona office or visit ESO's website.

16-ICML official App

The 16-ICML App is a free application for smartphones and tablets that will be available on the Apple App Store or Google Play before the event. It is a practical tool for 16-ICML participants, providing them with specific information about the Congress (access to the Scientific and Industrial Program, live streaming and other useful information).
We highly recommend downloading the App during your stay in Lugano.

Climate conscious event

Like the 15-ICML, the 16-ICML will be a “climate conscious event”. To partially compensate for the C02 emissions caused by our Congress and to combat climate change, we proudly support the “International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST)”, a sustainable project operating in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and India.



The 16-ICML will take place at the Lugano Convention Centre, Palazzo dei Congressi, which is located in the city centre and overlooks the beautiful city park (Parco Ciani) located on the shores of the lake of Lugano. The Convention Centre is a 10-minute walk from the railway station. Its rooms will host general Scientific sessions and Satellite symposia.

Some of the sessions, for example, “Meet the Professor”, “Focus on...” and other parallel sessions, will be held in additional large conference rooms 5 minutes' walk from the main Convention Centre (Cinema Corso and USI, Università della Svizzera italiana). The same rooms will also serve as overflow areas for the main sessions, which will be held at the Palazzo dei Congressi. For the first time it will also be possible to ask the speaker questions from these overflow rooms.

Lunches, coffee breaks and the commercial Exhibition will all take place in the “Marquee Parco Ciani”, a large gazebo, overlooking the lake and connected to the Palazzo dei Congressi by a covered walkway. The Marquee will also host the Poster session and an additional overflow area.


Useful information (A-Z)




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    Childcare service


    Internet corner
    Italian delegates


    Photographs and videos
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    Time zone


    Water dispensers