Due to the evolving Covid-19, pandemic, we regret that IFMSS 2020 must be postponed.


Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we have no option but to move all of the upcoming IFMSS meetings forward x 1 year.  


Peter Lindgren (Karolinska), Diana Farmer & Shin Hirose (UC Davis) & I have discussed at length the impact on the next three upcoming IFMSS meetings.


​For those of you who have registered for IFMSS 2020, we will reimburse all registration fees via your bank in the next week or so, unless you wish to transfer them to IFMSS2021.  Please e-mail Elizabeth Gan (elizabeth.gan@sinaihealth.ca) with your bank details so that we can expedite a bank to bank transfer.


I will circulate the new dates for 2021 soon. The timing will be very close to the planned dates for 2020, i.e. late September, 2021.  The location will be the same.  We will also run a separate Fetal Therapy course and a Fetal Medicine day as "bookends" to the main IFMSS meeting.


Please take good care of yourselves and your own in these unprecedented times.

The meeting

The 39th annual IFMSS meeting will be an opportunity for fetal medicine and surgery practitioners to share their research, innovations, clinical experience and outcome data, and to discuss current controversies in fetal therapy.

The scientific program will take place over three and a half days, beginning on the morning of Tuesday, 22nd September and running until lunchtime on Friday, 25th September, 2020. We will host an opening welcome reception on the evening of Monday, 21st September. 

An enticing program of events and visits will be organized for accompanying persons. Details of the scientific and social programs will be published on this site closer to the meeting dates.

Your visit



With the oldest maternity hospital in the world (the Rotunda in Dublin),

Ireland holds a unique place in the history of obstetrics.


The IFMSS meeting will take place in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, 3 hours drive from Dublin,

30 minutes from Cork airport and 2 hours from Shannon airport. This hotel sits in extensive grounds approximately 20 km outside Cork city, the second largest city in Ireland. 

There are multiple, frequent connections by air (and sea) to Cork


Cork city and county are rich in history, landscape, culture and heritage, and we are confident that you will get a very good sense of these during your stay.



Hotel Room Costs:

€155.00 – Single Occupancy

€170.00 – Double Occupancy


Blasket Islands


Registration for the meeting, for both participants and accompanying persons,

can be made in two steps:

Step 1  Complete the online registration form here

Step 2  Pay your registration fee


IMPORTANT: Registration payment can ONLY be paid by bank transfer or by SEPA (Single Euro Payments                             Area). SEPA is available only to EU members (sorry, Brexit colleagues …)

All fees will be in € (euro)


You will receive confirmation of your registration by e-mail once you have:


1.  Completed the online registration form 


2.  Paid your registration fee (at Allied Irish Bank (AIB) in Dublin)

NOTE:  If you plan to bring more than one accompanying person, contact Elizabeth Gan regarding costing.

To book lodges, please contact Castlemartyr directly:


+353 21 421 9000

NOTE:  There are also a variety of Luxury Lodges (1, 2 and 3 bedroom units) on the Castlemartyr property available for IFMSS attendees.  These lodges include a sitting room and kitchenette and are very appropriate for groups of friends or families who wish to stay together.  They vary in cost from €245.00 per night. 

The Lodges are all within a short walk of the conference centre.

Information regarding booking a lodge will be included in your confirmation e-mail.

The whole hotel and its lodges have been reserved exclusively for IFMSS attendees from the afternoon of Monday, 21st September, to lunchtime on Friday, 25th September, 2020. This exclusive arrangement will apply only until the 19th April, after which time, any unbooked rooms or lodges will be made available to the public.


If you wish to extend your stay before or after the meeting, this can be arranged directly with Castlemartyr, and the same rates will apply. This venue is very popular, so if you would like to stay avail of this, we encourage you to contact Castlemartyr directly, sooner rather than later.

If you are a golfer, there is an excellent 18-hole course on the Castlemartyr property. Just bring your golf shoes. Green fees, equipment rental and services of a golf pro will be billed to you separately from your IFMSS registration fees.

Health warning:

There is a risk that this might reveal a competitive element in certain hitherto genteel, courteous and amicable IFMSS members from different specialties and countries.