In August 1971 the first International Congress for Neo-Latin Studies was convened in Leuven. It was an initiative of the founder of the Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae, the late Professor Jozef IJsewijn, assisted by Gilbert Tournoy, Godelieve Tournoy-Thoen, Marie-José Desmet-Goethals and Paul Thoen. The International Association for Neo-Latin Studies was founded and Jozef IJsewijn became its first president. Statutes were drafted during the second congress (Amsterdam, 1973); the official Latin text was approved at the third congress (Tours, 1976) and hence published in Humanistica Lovaniensia 26 (1977).

Since then, congresses have been organized every three years in Bologna (1979), St Andrews (1982), Wolfenbüttel (1985), Toronto (1988), Copenhagen (1991), Bari (1994), Ávila (1997), Cambridge (2000), Bonn (2003), Budapest (2006), Uppsala (2009), Münster (2012), Vienna (2015), and Albacete (2018).

Half a century after the first IANLS congress was organized at KU Leuven, the Eighteenth Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies will again be hosted by the Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae, celebrating fifty years of Neo-Latin Studies. The Organizing Committee comprises Dirk Sacré (Chair and Second Vice President of IANLS), Marijke Crab (Congress Manager), and Ide François and Nicholas De Sutter (Congress Coordinators).

Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the congress has been postponed to the summer of 2022. The new dates of the congress are: 31 July-5 August 2022. Please consult the general website of the association ( and this website regularly for updates. We hope to convene next year in more secure and happier circumstances and see you all in Leuven then.

The poster of the congress (PDF) can be downloaded here.