The IAPP is actively monitoring the COVID-19 and related travel and health advisories. At this time, Congress 2021 is proceeding as planned. Click here for more information.

Learn more about the upcoming Congress 2021 and get on the list

Sign up for alerts

The Call for Proposals Is Open

Speak at Congress and help delegates through a crucial phase of data privacy.

From legislations emerging around the globe to the vulnerabilities brought on by the pandemic, Congress 2021 may become our most important European conference to date. The IAPP needs high-level experts with significant experience in European data privacy to lead delegates through thought-provoking discussions on current and impending data protection challenges and solutions. Your fresh perspectives and unique viewpoints on trending topics will be shared with thousands of professionals from across Europe and the world.

Submit Your Proposal Now

The call for proposals closes 16 May.

The format of Congress 2021 is currently an in-person event, but we are actively monitoring circumstances surrounding the coronavirus. Please know your submission is valued. The IAPP will plan accordingly in developing virtual programming and other flexible opportunities if we are unable to host the event due to circumstances beyond our control.

Speaking Has Its Benefits

Take this opportunity to give back to the community and share your expertise. Speaking at Congress 2021 will help you:

  • Identify yourself as a thought-leader in the data protection community.
  • Gain exposure with the world’s largest privacy association.
  • Elevate the profession by sharing your knowledge.

Submission Information

An Online Alternative
You can still get the high-quality content you expect from IAPP events through our online and live online content with Congress Online 2020 — free to IAPP members.


Stay Ahead of this New Age in Data Protection.

The Congress represents Europe’s most influential data protection conference. Experts address the latest technologies, emerging challenges and evolving solutions for the current privacy industry.

Every year, The Congress delivers thoughtful leadership, a thriving professional community and unrivalled education. With sessions ranging from advanced comparative analysis of regulations to emerging privacy issues associated with artificial intelligence, our prestigious speakers will engage and inspire you to continue building your privacy programme at home.

Join us in Brussels for policy debate, multi-level strategic thinking and thought-provoking discussion. You may also enjoy our popular IAPP training classes, section forums and extensive workshops preceding the main conference dates.

Subscribe to the Buzz Weekly email alerts

Visionary Keynote Speakers

Hear from regulators, thought leaders and practitioners who will help you expand your skillset and preparedness in managing privacy and data challenges. Our speakers will elevate your way of thinking when preparing for the future.



Outstanding Session Content with a Global Reach

  • Consumer privacy.
  • Law and policy regional deep-dives.
  • Trans-border data flow.
  • Regulatory developments.
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
  • Operations management.
  • Privacy-enhancing tech.
  • Policy and governance.
  • Employee privacy.
  • Privacy engineering.
  • Ethics.
  • Data breach.
  • CCPA and U.S. law.
  • GDPR enforcement.
  • Data flows and BCRs.
  • Vendor management.

The Giovanni Buttarelli Memorial Lecture

The IAPP was honoured to introduce the Giovanni Buttarelli Memorial Lecture at the 2019 conference , which will now take place annually at the Congress. Mr. Buttarelli’s legacy advancing the growth and visibility of our profession will live on in forward-thinking discourse from keynotes such as the 2019 lecturer, Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition. Read the full article.

Roll Up Your Sleeves for In-Depth Education

Preceding the main conference dates, engage in hands-on, practical workshops; specialised professional forums; and privacy training courses that target the challenges facing your organisation.



Unmatched Networking, Valuable Connections

An incredible community is what differentiates IAPP conferences.

Year after year, Congress regulars rave about the diversity of opportunities to dial in and find their crowd. Find yours at a variety of events within the event:


  • Privacy Party.
  • Welcome Reception.
  • Women Leading Privacy.
  • Networking Happy Hours.
  • Networking Lounge.
  • Roundtable Topic Discussions.
  • Volunteer opportunities.

Photo Gallery — Past Congress

Want to know more? Let us keep you informed:

Send me the Buzz Weekly email alerts

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting?
Find out about available sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities for future events. Contact our Sales team at


IAPP COVID-19 Precautions

The IAPP is actively monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 as the safety for delegates and staff are our highest priority. At this time, the Congress 2021 is proceeding as planned. If anything changes warranting a re-evaluation, we assure you we will immediately assess, address and respond to the new situation. We encourage delegates to monitor the World Health Organization website and CDC website for information and review WHO’s Travel Advice before travelling. We also recommend reviewing WHO’s advice for the public.

The IAPP will work with the conference venue to take extra safety precautions as needed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming trip, please contact us.

Sponsors and exhibitors: please reach out to with questions or concerns.

Other Conferences

April – June 2021
Live Online

Now online, the world’s premier privacy and data protection conference focuses on international topics, policy and strategy. Recognized as a leading forum for discussion, the Summit features expert speakers and top regulators.

The premier event in Canadian privacy, the Symposium features top regulators and thought leaders for intensive education and lively discussion on ever-emerging data privacy issues affecting your organization — today and in the future.

Training October 19-20
Workshops October 20
Conference October 21-22
San Diego

P.S.R. is a one-of-a-kind conference that brings together the best of the best in privacy and security, with innovative cross-education and stellar networking. P.S.R. provides technical solutions to privacy concerns and helps you to see beyond your role so you can excel in your role.