The 12th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops IPSSW2020

IPSSW Postponed until October 2020

St. Petersburg, Florida I 23-26 October, 2020

(All Pre-Conference Workshops will be held on 23 October 2020) 

Making Waves – Innovate, Integrate, Motivate

Call for Abstracts

Submit your original scholarly work in pediatric simulation research or education, technology development and evaluation.

Completed projects, as well as works in progress will be considered. Abstracts previously presented at regional, national or international meetings will also be considered. Simulation research and instructional sessions using standardized patients/actors and virtual reality as well as mannequin simulators, task trainers and computer-based simulations are encouraged.

All abstract submissions will undergo peer-review. The Abstract Committee will allocate accepted abstracts to one of five presentation formats.

Presentation formats:

  • Oral Themed Presentation Sessions
  • Traditional Poster Round Presentation Sessions
  • Ideas and Work-in-Progress Roundtable Discussions
  • Interactive Instructional Workshops
  • Immersive Simulation Workshops

Review the Abstract Submission Guidelines and submit your proposal using the abstract submission platform no later than Monday, 18 November 2019 at 11:59 PM (GMT).

DEADLINE EXTENDED to 11:59 PM Sunday, November 24th



Improve Presentation Skills – Whether you are accepted for an oral presentation or a poster, you will continue to develop your presentation skills, an essential competency in any career.

Peer Feedback – Peer review is vital part of any research project. Not only will peers review your proposal during the submission process, if selected to present, you will immediately receive feedback from your peers in an intellectually robust environment.

Global Visibility and Networking – Discuss your findings with other experts from around the world. Your research will be exposed to a diverse audience of hundreds of representatives from industry and academia, attending from over 40 countries.

Visibility – You will be recognized in the programme providing a better opportunity to be funded. You will build your network of colleagues who are interested in your topic.

Renowned global experts will gather for the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation. Over three days, attendees will discuss the role simulation plays to provide safe and effective care to sick children and infants, and the continued evolution and expansion of pediatric simulation across the globe.

Experience hands-on and immersive simulations at one of the country’s leading centers during pre-conference and afternoon workshops. Learn from the experts and see the highest quality simulators in the market.

Learn the latest advancements in pediatric and neonatal simulation. Expand your horizons through the large variety of education sessions in various tracks offered at IPSSW2020.

Connect with industry professionals from all over the globe and see the products, services and the latest technology in simulation. Return with new relationships and knowledge that will keep you at the forefront of your field.

IPSSW2020 Meeting Organizing Committee

Thanks to our hard-working Meeting Organizing Committee!

Justin Jeffers
Justin Jeffers
Jen Arnold MD
Jennifer Arnold
Brittany Dahlen (1)
Brittany Dahlen
Anne Ades
Nancy Tofil
Nancy Tofil
Travis Whitfill

Registration & Program 

  • Those currently registered: Your registration will be honored there is no need to make adjustments.
  • Those who have not registered: The registration site will remain live. We are adjusting early bird deadline dates to align with the new October meeting dates.
  • If you have registered and cannot attend the October date: Cancelations will be honored under our current policy.

Cancellations and outstanding registration payments must be received by 11:59PM CST on September 25, 2020. Cancellations must be received in writing to info@ipssglobal.org.  Cancellations received by 11:59 pm CDT on September 25, 2020 will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations received after September 25, 2020 will not be refunded.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops provide high-impact learning at the Johns Hopkins Simulation Center. Earn continuing education credits in these hot-topic areas:

  • Creating the Future of Simulation for Patient and Family Centered Care
  • Debriefing Deep Dive: Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice
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Full Program

Keynote Speakers 

Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH
Walter Tavares, PH.D.
Dr. Sujatha Thyagarajan, MBBS, DCH(UK), FRCPCH (UK), CCT Pediatrics
Mary J. Waller, PH.D.
Dr. Geethanjali Ramachandra, MBBS, MRCP, CCT PICU (UK)
Dr. Rakshay Shetty

Sponsor or Exhibit at IPSSW2020 

We will be reaching out to you directly to confirm your attendance given the new dates. Your current space will be honored there is no need to make adjustments on your end at this time.

IPSS provides multiple opportunities to increase your organization’s visibility and gain attendee awareness through sponsorship and exhibiting. Review the options to select the level of exposure and target audience that is right for you.

If you are interested in securing a conference sponsorship, exhibit space or building a custom package, contact us at info@ipssglobal.org or (913) 202-1781.

Why Should You Sponsor or Exhibit? 

  • Promote your brand image at the global level
  • Showcase your products & services
  • Build & strengthen relationships
  • Share your tips of the trade
  • Network with peers & customers


  • Wide range of exclusive items or events for every budget from $2,000 – $10,000
  • Best value! Packages include extensive recognition, exhibit space, advertising, registration, attendee list and more
  • Custom Packages available


  • Direct access onsite to attendees…the decision makers
  • Options for exhibit space to fit your needs

Lodging & Travel 

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club 

Located in downtown St. Petersburg, the Vinoy Renaissance hotel is complete with historic elegance and architecture. Explore the marina, restaurants and nightlife of this exciting city. 

Hotel Rates

We have reserved our same block of rooms at the Vinoy in October. You will need to rebook, and we will send more details to help you with that process in the coming weeks. Revised booking link will be available by 20 March 2020. 


  • Standard Single – $239

Stylishly appointed with beautiful armchairs, tasteful artwork and elegant décor, the 330 sq ft. guest rooms at the resort hotel encourage relaxation in style and comfort.

Parking Rates

  • Valet parking – $25 for overnight
  • Self Park – $20 Overnight 
  • Day Rate Valet – $18 
  • Day Rate for Self Park up to 6 hrs – $8
  • Day Rate of Self Park up to 8 hrs – $15 
  • Street Parking – 2 Hr. Limit (read signs carefully) 

Transportation from Airport to Hotel

Check directly with the airline you are utilizing for their change/cancellation polices. Especially since the WHO announced the global pandemic, some airlines are waiving change fees for those rescheduling their flights at this time.


Airport – Fly into Tampa or St. Petersburg Airports

  • Uber or Lyft – $30 to Hotel 
  • SuperShuttle – $50 per person and must sign up ahead of time

Coronavirus Prevention & Travel Restrictions:

Updated: May 1, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic is inflicting dynamic changes on us all. As you know, the IPSS leadership and the IPSSW meeting organizing committee have been closely monitoring this fluid situation and have been in frequent discussion regarding contingencies and options.

With worldwide concerns continuing to escalate rather than diminish, recent WHO and CDC announcements/advice and increasingly stringent institutional travel restrictions, we have decided, after long and careful consideration, to reschedule IPSSW2020.

IPSSW2020 city and venues (Vinoy Hotel and John’s Hopkins Simulation Centre) will remain unchanged. The new date is 23-26 October 2020, with pre-conference activities on Friday 23 October 2020. Note this configuration spans a weekend, dissimilar to previous IPSSWs.

We want to thank you all, our members, partners, sponsors and delegates for your ongoing support and understanding.

If you have additional questions you can contact us at info@ipssglobal.org

We look forward to seeing you all in St. Petersburg in October.


I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.





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