The platform and poster sessions for the WCPT Congress this year have been announced – and there will be a massive 572 platform and 1,669 poster sessions on show in Singapore. The abstracts accepted for presentation at the congress come from all WCPT regions and cover a wide range of issues in education, global health, research, professional issues and professional practice.
All the abstracts had been considered by three independent reviewers before being accepted. “The quality is improving each time,” said Aimee Stewart, Chair of the International Scientific Committee which plans the congress programme. “The presentations will be very diverse, representing the breadth of the profession and embracing post-qualifying education, new roles, research development and applying research. There’s something there for everyone.”
There was excitement on social media as acceptance notifications were received. The International Scientific Committee has stressed that poster and platform presentations are considered to be of equal standing and have been judged by the same criteria.
“There is always more demand for platform presentations than space in the programme, so people are offered posters so that they can still present,” said Aimee Stewart. “The poster area is a lively area of the WCPT congress and allows for great interactions with delegates.”
“There are huge benefits in presenting a poster at congress. It’s on show all day, you can have detailed one-to-one conversations with lots of people while presenting it, and because of the poster walks we’re organising there’s opportunity to interact with some of the other top names in your specialty.”
Innovative platform session types have been introduced for this congress, bringing variety and interest to the way information is presented orally. It has also allowed the congress organisers to accommodate more high quality abstracts. There will be 120 presentations incorporated into “rapid five” platform presentations – sessions of 10 presentations of five minutes followed by 15 minutes of discussion between delegates and presenters, then 15 minutes of moderated discussion on all presentations.
And 36 of the highest quality abstracts will be presented at six ”state of the art” platform sessions, which concentrate on papers most likely to influence practice. Ten minute presentations will be followed by moderated discussion and a summary by a leader in the field.
“We’ve had to increase the number of state of the art sessions because we want to reflect the amount of high quality research there is,” said Aimee Stewart.
All speakers and presenters must register to attend congress by 6th February. The full scientific programme, including the new presentations accepted, will be available shortly.