Trainee Events

As a trainee, you are not just the future of pain science professions—you’re the present. Your work and ideas are already contributing to the advancement of pain-relieving research and practical application. You can accelerate your impact and professional growth by participating in the World Congress on Pain.

IASP is serious about supporting trainees and early-career professionals, investing significantly in trainee grants, fellowships, awards, discounts, special programming, career development, and networking events customized for your specific needs. Maximizing trainee participation in the World Congress is part of that mission and culture.

Three Top-rated Trainee Events Just for You

Trainee Reception

The Trainee Reception is a social event that allows trainees to meet each other, as well as IASP leaders and pain researchers. This year, the event takes place on Thursday, September 13, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Community Rowing Boathouse, located on the Charles River. Community Rowing Inc. is committed to its mission of enriching the greater community and provides broad-based programs for youth and adults of novice to elite skill levels. Attendees are invited to socialize – on the water or on dry land – and cheer during first-ever IASP regatta!
[Note: Shuttle buses will be available to transport attendees between BCEC and the boathouse. Attendees interested in rowing should dress in athletic attire.]

Mentor Minute

Mentor Minute (formerly called Connection Rx) is a speed mentoring event that takes place during the lunch break, where trainees rotate throughout a room of experienced pain professionals for 10-minute conversations ranging from career advancement advice to picking a specialty. Don’t miss this chance for one-on-one interaction with leaders in the field. Sessions are Thursday, September 13, and Saturday, September 15, both at 12:15 pm. Registration is required.

Mentored Poster Sessions

During Mentored Poster Sessions, a volunteer mentor will lead groups of five trainees through a poster session, and will provide best practices for viewing scientific abstracts and interacting with abstract authors. Mentors are matched based on poster topics of interest. This is a great opportunity to learn from experienced leaders in the field. Registration is required.

Don’t just take our word for it—here’s what your fellow trainees say about their past World Congress experiences:

“It was an excellent way to meet and get to know other trainees and scientists, and learn about their research and their challenges and priorities. That sort of extremely valuable content can only be learned firsthand.”

Rob Ungard, 2016 Yokohama trainee attendee

“I attended Buenos Aires in 2014. For me, it was very interesting and valuable to learn about the research priorities for pain researchers across the globe. It also was great to discuss research in Spanish!”

Ca Morais, 2014 Buenos Aires trainee attendee

“As a trainee, I think the most valuable aspects of the Congress are the activities especially held for trainees like the mentor section or Connection Rx [renamed Mentor Minute in 2018].”

16th World Congress on Pain at Yokohama attendee