The International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Inc. (IHPBA) was formally inaugurated at its first General Assembly on May 31, 1994 in Boston. The objectives of the Association are to promote understanding of the causes, investigation and treatment of disorders of the liver, pancrease and biliary tree, to encourage the interchange of clinical and scientific knowledge among surgeons and members of related disciplines working in this field, to study any relevant problems that affect the liver, pancrease and biliary tract and to facilitate collaborative research into the factors that lead to disease of these organs and their prevention, to foster friendship among clinicians and scientists involved in hepatic, pancreatic and biliary disciplines, to strive towards the highest ethical standards in the Association's fields of endeavour and to foster education and career development in the field through an identifiable funding mechanism. The Association pursues these objectives by endorsing regional, national, continental and worldwide scientific meetings that are organised on behalf of the IHPBA. The major scientific meeting of the IHPBA is the biennial World Congress (won for Melbourne in 2020) with the aim being to provide a forum for the presentation of high quality, original, scientific research which makes up a significant proportion of the program. The 2020 Congress in Melbourne is expected to attract in the region of 1250 delegates over a 4 day main period.