IGDF Seminars

The IGDF Seminar is the biennial international conference for guide dog professionals. It features a range of speakers, workshops, and plenary sessions on all aspects of the guide dog sector. It also includes a gala dinner and the awards ceremony for the Derek Freeman Scholarship, Ken Lord Award, and IGDF Dorothy Award. See the IGDF Awards page for further information about these awards, the nominations process, and lists of previous winners.

Group photo at IGDF Wokingham in 1986.
Group photo of IGDF Wokingham in 1988.

Future Events

IGDF is determined to resume the delivery of face-to-face Seminars as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. The IGDF Board continues to monitor the situation. In the meantime, a series of webinars and virtual networking events is being delivered to keep the global guide dog community connected during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

Seminar Presentations

IGDF is in the process of developing a library of presentations delivered at previous Seminars. This resource will be available to all IGDF Members, Affiliates, Applicant Organisations and Enquiring Organisations.

List of Previous Seminars

1973: Paris, France
1976: London, UK
1983: Vienna, Austria
1986: Wokingham, UK
1988: Wokingham, UK
1990: Leamington Spa, UK
1992: Reading, UK
1994: Reading, UK
1995: Reading, UK
1996: France
1998: USA
2000: Warwick, UK
2002: Seoul, South Korea
2004: Lenk, Switzerland


2006: New York, USA
Hosted by Guide Dog Foundation, Guiding Eyes, and The Seeing Eye, USA
2008: London, UK
Hosted by Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
2010: Ottawa, Canada
Hosted by Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
2012: Paris, France
Hosted by The French Federation of Guide Dog Associations
2014: Tokyo, Japan
Hosted by Japan Guide Dog Association
2016: Hvar, Croatia
Hosted by Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association