APLAR 2020 postponed until November 2020

After careful consideration of all the current reporting from the world’s leading health organisations, the Executive Committee of APLAR on 24 March 2020, made the decision to postpone the APLAR Congress to 14-17 November 2020 (with 13-14 November considered pre-congress days for workshops and meetings). The Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception will therefore be held on Saturday, 14 November 2020. There will be no change to the congress venue.

The health and safety of our attendees, partners and communities are of utmost importance, and it is APLAR’s view that a postponement is the best option for the APLAR Congress.

Having extensively consulted with APLAR and JCR stakeholders and partners in advance of making this decision, and with hundreds of early abstracts already submitted, we are confident that the new dates for the APLAR Congress 2020 will provide the foundations required for another successful congress.

Please note that our Congress Secretariat is already reaching out to our invited speakers to re-confirm their availability in November, so as to minimise any program changes. Equally, you will shortly receive communication on the extension of abstract and early-bird deadlines.

We are passionate in our belief that APLAR 2020, as the pre-eminent rheumatology congress for regional practitioners and researchers, should remain the catalyst event for our colleagues from across all of Asia Pacific to look forward to – so that we can come together to re-build a post-COVID-19 world!

Moreover, APLAR 2020 will now be happening at the most beautiful time of year to visit Kyoto. The spectacular and famous autumn colours that surround the convention centre will be a highlight of your visit to this ancient city.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to APLAR 2020 in November – and in the meantime, stay strong and healthy.

Prof. Syed Atiqul Haq
APLAR President
Professor of Rheumatology, BSM Medical University, Dhaka

Prof. Tsutomu Takeuchi
APLAR 2020 Congress Chair
Vice-President, Keio University

Join us in 2020

The 22nd Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR 2020) co-hosted by the Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR) will be held from 14 – 17 November, 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. APLAR 2020 will provide breaking clinical information and be a forum for the exchange of cutting-edge scientific research.

The congress will facilitate the networking of industry specialists and professionals from around the globe through a comprehensive and innovative program including scientific sessions, special interest groups, industry symposia and an exhibition where the latest industry advances can be discussed with senior representatives from a variety of organisations.


The APLAR congress and journal brings together world-class research and thought-leadership from rheumatologists, internists, orthopaedic surgeons, clinical immunologists, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, paediatricians and researchers from allied disciplines on a common platform that facilitates deliberations on all aspects of musculoskeletal diseases.

Reasons to attend

There are many reasons why you should attend APLAR 2020

  • Pre-congress workshops
  • Top keynote speakers
  • Participate in case discussions and join special interest groups
  • Access new research ideas
  • Various opportunities to network and exchange ideas
  • Present your latest research as an oral or poster presentation
  • Connect with industry experts at the congress exhibition and industry symposia
  • Discover everything Kyoto, Japan has to offer!