Connecting People and Ideas in the Hearing Voices Movement

“Solidarity in Times of Adversity: The Global Voice Hearing Community Reconnecting”

The 12th World Hearing Voices Congress, Online, 1 – 3 September 2021.

Would you like to present at the conference? Hearing Voices Network Ireland, the hosts, have issued a call for papers here:

Note: This congress is now taking place online. See: World Hearing Voices Congress 2021 – Now Online!

Congress poster

Over the past 18 months, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented challenge across the globe, which many of us will have experienced as disconnecting, isolating, frightening, chaotic, overwhelming, and, at times, unbearable. However, the pandemic has also shown the power of solidarity when communities come together to offer each other support in times of adversity.

This year’s Congress will create spaces for voice hearers, family members, carers, practitioners, academics, and all those interested in the principles and values of the International Hearing Voices Movement, to connect and/or reconnect with one another in a post-pandemic world, either in person in Cork, Ireland or online across the globe. Drawing on two ancient Irish traditions, the Congress organisers aim to provide a platform (ardán*) to focus on the ways in which many voices can work together, supporting each other in difficult times (meitheal*). 

*Ardán (pronounced ar-dawn) is an Irish word meaning platform, stage, but it is also used in the context of ‘raising one spirits’!

*Meitheal (pronounced meh-hill) is the Irish expression of the ancient and universal appliance of cooperation to social need, referring to the co-operative labour system in Ireland where neighbours help each other in turn with farming work, such as harvesting crops. It establishes community unity through cooperative work and mutually reciprocal support.  

Confirmed Keynote Speakers To Date:

  • Ray Waddingham (UK)
  • Cindy Marty Hadge (USA)
  • Peter Bullimore (UK)
  • Lykourgos Karatzaferis (Greece)
  • Adi Hasanbasic (Czech Republic)
  • Kate Fiske (Australia)

Congress Format

Congress will have a hybrid format (if restrictions allow), with in-person events in Cork and online events for those not able to attend in person. In-person delegates will be able to access all the in-person events in Cork as well as the online events. Online delegates will be able to access all the keynote presentations, all the online concurrent sessions, and all the networking sessions, but they will not be able to access the in-person concurrent sessions in Cork. If restrictions do not allow to have a hybrid Congress in Cork, then Congress will move fully online! See Registration details below.

Congress Venues

The Online Venue (Irish Standard Timezone): Zoom platform, managed and facilitated by Onlinevents

The In-person Venue: University College Cork, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road, Cork, Ireland.

Congress Programme

1 September: Intervoice Day

2 and 3 September: World Hearing Voices Congress

Intervoice Day (1st September)

A day for people involved in the Hearing Voices Movement to come together, share experiences, and hear about new initiatives around the world. The day will consist of speakers, open space discussions about topics decided by attendees and the chance to share what is happening in Hearing Voices Networks across the globe. The Intervoice Day is organised by members of the Intervoice Board. Details to follow.

World Hearing Voices Congress (2nd and 3rd September)

Each day will consist of keynote presentations and concurrent workshops/presentations. We hope to provide opportunities for all time zones to have the opportunity to engage with the Congress. Details to follow.

Registration Details

Although we plan for a hybrid Congress format, with the ongoing uncertainty about international travel, we invite you to register online in the first instance. If a hybrid Congress becomes possible, we will open registration for the in-person Congress. Those who wish to register for the in-person Congress will be fully refunded for their online registration. Those who wish to keep their online registrations do not need to do anything!

Online Registration:

Click Here to Register. 

Online registrants will be able to attend all keynote presentations, online concurrent sessions, all networking sessions, and all online events offered during breaks. Online registrants will not be able to attend the in-person concurrent sessions taking place in Cork.

In-person Registration (Not Yet Available):

In-person registrants will be able to attend all keynote presentations, all concurrent sessions (online and in-person), and all networking sessions. In-person registration also includes morning and afternoon tea and coffee and lunch each day of the conference.


Online Fees:

  • Intervoice Day (1 day) and Congress Days (2 Days)
  • Voice Hearers/Students: £45.00
  • Professionals: £65.00

In-person Fees:

  • Intervoice Day (1 day) and Congress Days (2 Days)
  • Voice Hearers/Students: €80.00
  • Professionals: €180.00

We hope you can join us, either in person or online. For any more information, please email us on [email protected]

Information on Call for Papers can be found here.

We would also like to introduce and welcome you to Cork via this short video (for those who don’t know Cork!). If this does not entice you to come to Cork, we don’t know what will!


Hearing Voices Network Ireland

Intervoice was set up to support the International Hearing Voices Movement, celebrating the diversity and creativity within it. We do what we can to share information and connect people with groups, networks and resources.

World Hearing Voices Day Postcard