The IPVS was founded in 1967. The first congress was held in Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1969 and the second in Hannover, Germany in 1972. Twenty-four IPVS congresses have been held to date, with numbers of participants increasing from 500 at the first in 1967 to records of 2 716 at the 21st in Vancouver in 2010, 3 093 at Jeju, Korea in 2012, 2 560 in Cancun, Mexico in 2014, 3 552 in Dublin, Ireland in 2016 and 5599 in Chongqing, China in 2018.
History subsequent to 2006
|20th IPVS||Durban, South Africa||2008|
|21st IPVS||Vancouver, Canada||2010|
|22nd IPVS||Jeju, Korea||2012|
|23rd IPVS||Cancun, Mexico||2014|
|24th IPVS||Dublin, Ireland||2016|
|25th IPVS||Chongqing, China||2018|