3rd International Symposium: ICF Education

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Thanks to the interesting and thought-provoking talks and poster presentations as well as the active participation from the attendees both onsite and online, the 3rd International Symposium: ICF Education was a great success!

In line with the symposium's mission to bring together people from around the world who are using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in clinical practice, research and teaching, 96 persons from all 6 WHO world regions registered for the conference and 43 posters addressing diverse ICF topics were displayed and discussed. The symposium concluded a week of independent but interconnected ICF meetings that commenced with the mid-year meetings of the WHO Family International Classifications working groups – the Functioning and Disability Reference Group and the Education and Implementation Committee – and continued with the German National ICF Users Conference. The German National ICF Users Conference and the 3rd International Symposium: ICF Education also welcomed participants at a joint session encompassing 3 talks that addressed the use of ICF in Germany. See programme below.

The ICF Research Branch (symposium organising committee) would like to thank the Medical School Hamburg (MSH) for hosting and supporting the organisation of the 3rd International Symposium: ICF Education and ensuring that it was a success.

Symposium Material
The symposium organising committee is in the process of putting together an poster booklet. It will be placed online in due time. In the meantime, the presentations of Matilde Leonardi and Huib ten Napel are available for viewing below. Just click on the authors' names to access the presentations.



Pre-Symposium Talks

[translation in English]

ICF in Germany

Update-Prozess und aktuelle Entwicklungen zur ICF aus Sicht der WHO (Nenad Kostanjsek)

Was kann Deutschland vom standardisierten Abklärungsverfahren der Schweiz für die Frühförderung lernen? (Peter Diezi-Duplain)

ICF-orientierte Bedarfsermittlung in der beruflichen Rehabilitation – Ergebnisse des trägerübergreifenden b3-Projektes
(Michael Bräunig-Edelmann & Michael Schubert)


Welcome & Poster session I (Liane Simon & Stefanus Snyman)






Focus on functioning in ICF (Matilde Leonardi; starts at minute 26:15 of video)


Focus on ICF education (Huib ten Napel & Yukiko Yokobori)


Workshops in parallel**

Teaching the ICF

  • Teaching ICF in an interprofessional context (Liane Simon, Stefanus Snyman)
  • Teaching others to teach about the ICF (Train-the-Trainer) (Catherine Sykes & Huib ten Napel)
  • Teaching health administrators and decision makers about the ICF (Melissa Selb)

Use of the ICF

  • Joint use of the ICF with other WHO classifications (Michaela Coenen & Andrea Martinuzzi)
  • ICF to monitor health and health related outcomes (Matilde Leonardi)

In between




Poster Session II (Michaela Coenen)



Wrap up (Melissa Selb)



For any questions, feel free to contact Melissa Selb (symposium organising committee); Email: .