International Pathology Day

The College launched International Pathology Day in 2014, together with pathology and laboratory medicine institutions worldwide. It has since become a valuable platform where the contribution and achievements of pathology and laboratory medicine services that work to address global health challenges and improve the health outcomes of global communities is recognised and celebrated.

Infection through the lens of COVID-19 with an international viewpoint: 11 November 2020

In the best interests of the international community we have decided to bring everyone together for a virtual conference, from 10.30 to 14.35 (UK time) Organised once again in collaboration with The Pathologist magazine and sponsor Sonic Healthcare UK.

As the world continues to reel from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s International Pathology Day will explore infection.

Focusing on the methods and models that have been developed to manage infection around the world, the day will also explore how the global pathology community has managed infectious outbreaks in the past and how it is dealing with the current outbreak of COVID-19.

Themes explored on the day will include the social, economic, cultural, technical, and biological factors that impact on controlling the spread of an infection, the role of testing and the search to discover a vaccine and treatments.

The roundtable will explore these themes and offer new perspectives. Following its hugely successful debut we are also excited to announce that the poster competition sponsored by Sonic Healthcare UK will be returning.


  • Professor Jo Martin, the President of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Dr Mike Osborn, President-elect of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Professor Ali Hajeer, Laboratory Director, King Abdulaziz Medical City
  • Evangelos Kotsopoulos, CEO Sonic Healthcare Germany and Continental Europe
  • Dr Pikka Jokelainen, Statens Serum Institut and Dr Martha Betson University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Professor Tahir Pillay, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Pathology and Head of Pathology, University of Pretoria

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Roundtable: Why International Knowledge Sharing is a Winner

The roundtable will discuss the importance of international information exchange – especially in a pandemic – and how screening, diagnosis, treatment selection, and health monitoring differ between regions. Against the setting of COVID-19, it is more important than ever not to place boundaries on our ability to learn from one another.

Poster Competition 

Do you think pathology laboratories have been crucial to the world’s COVID-19 response? If so tell us how - enter the International Pathology Day Virtual Poster Competition. Posters will be displayed digitally and judged by Professor Jo Martin, Dr Mike Osborn, Dr Shubha Allard and Evangelos Kotsopoulos on International Pathology Day as part of the virtual conference. The competition is open to UK and international entrants.

The author of the winning poster will receive a new Apple ipad and second and third prize winners will be awarded Apple Airpods courtesy of our sponsor Sonic Healthcare UK

Celebrate your achievements and contribution to healthcare. Whatever your specialty, wherever in the world you are, enter a poster, let us into your world and inspire others. It's a great competition and I am looking forward to some fantastic entries.

Dr Mike Osborn President Elect

Submitting your digital poster entry - what you need to know

1. Only one submission per entrant is allowed.
2. The theme is open to individual interpretation, but entries must have pathology at their heart. Information on the disciplines which encompass pathology can be found in the careers section of the website.
3. The competition closes at 23.59 GMT on Friday 6th November 2020
4. Each entry should be submitted to accompanied by the following information:

  • The corresponding author’s name, email address and contact phone number
  • The title of the poster
  • A 2-3-minute selfie-style video to describe:

a) Why did you undertake this work
b) What work is described in the poster
c) What was special about this work
d) How do the findings influence future practice

Please read the full terms and conditions, these can be found in the attachment below.  The tips in our creating a digital poster - guidelines may also be helpful in bringing your ideas to life.

Getting involved from anywhere in the world

Interested in partnering with the College and supporting International Pathology Day 2020? There are several ways in which organisations and individuals can get involved:

1. Support International Pathology Day #IPD2020:Social media, stories & photos

Tell us why global pathology matters. International Pathology Day is about championing and celebrating the work of pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals all around the world. Connect with us on social media and tell us why you are supporting International Pathology Day! Post, tweet or publish your views and stories on TwitterFacebook or Instagram using #IPD2020 and get into the spirit of International Pathology Day with one of our IPD social media resources, which include Facebook, Twitter and webpage banners.

You amy also be inspired by some of International Pathology Day 2019 best posts in our International Pathology Day highlights blog post. 

2. Organise your own event or activity

Interested in organising your own International Pathology Day event, but do not know where to begin? Running your own event is easy and it can be as small or as big as you want!  Any event organised should adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines of the country where it is being held. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some examples of previous Internation Pathology Day activities that have taken place around the world: 

  • Germany: The Institute of Pathology in Berlin held an open day, which included guided tours of the department and presentations on the role of pathology in clinical medicine.
  • India: The Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Hyderabad organised a seminar on the growing importance of pathology in the era of personalised medicine. 
  • Hong Kong: The Hong Kong College of Pathologists (HKCP) organised a week-long exhibition entitled "The science behind medicine". 
  • USA: The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) promoted the day via its social media channels.
  • Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe Association of Pathologists organised a scientific conference on molecular pathology at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.

Event Planning Guides

Our event planning guides contain a wealth of tips and templates that can be easily customised to suit your needs.  The guides cover topics such as promoting your event, engaging and recognising volunteers, dealing with the media and how to evaluate your activity or obtain feedback after your event has taken place.

3. Promote your activity on our events calendar

Pathology is global and we want to showcase International Pathology Day events that are taking place all over the world! Get your IPD event listed in our public events calendar by completing our public events form

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