Our history

The International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma (ICML) is a key event for the scientific community engaged in the study and treatment of lymphoid neoplasms.
Organized by the Foundation for the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR), in cooperation with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and in collaboration with the European School of Oncology (ESO),  the ICML is held in Lugano (Switzerland) every two years and brings together up to 3’500 physicians and scientists from all over the world.


With an ad hoc Scientific Program compiled by a team of lymphoma specialists, the ICML offers its participants the opportunity to be informed of new results from the most significant studies, discussed by internationally recognized hematologists, medical oncologists, radio-oncologists, pediatricians, pathologists and leading researchers.
The ICML congresses have led to a number of important advances in the field of lymphomas, including their contribution to the classification of lymphomas with the realization of the “Lugano Classification” during the 11th ICML, developed taking new diagnostic imaging methods into consideration, in particular PET. The Lugano classification is now used all over the world.


Since its first edition in 1981, with only 560 attendees and the telephone and postal service being the only means of communication, the ICML has grown immensely. Nevertheless, it has never lost its inherently characteristic familiarity, where interactions between participants and worldwide experts are actively encouraged.


The growing success and increasing number of participants, which is currently limited to 3’500 for logistic reasons, has brought new challenges for the Organizing Committee; over the years it has been necessary to erect “the Marquee”, a temporary structure inside Parco Ciani; to broadcast sessions to overflow rooms and to hold parallel sessions at the nearby university and cinema. Moreover, to keep up with the times, the Organizing Committee has introduced digitalization with virtual interaction tools and a streaming service.