Could this be your chance to run one of the key sessions for the WCPT Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017? WCPT is inviting recognised experts in their fields to submit proposals for focused symposia – sessions which are central to the congress programme and which explore cutting edge topics.
It’s a great opportunity, according to physical therapists who ran focused symposia at the last WCPT Congress, in Singapore in 2015.
“Focused symposia provide a unique platform for spreading research findings and integrating them in an international context, both for audience and presenters,” says Jo Nijs, who convened a symposium on “Pain: retraining brain and mind” in Singapore. “The response we had was tremendous – in fact, it still is because people are still referring to it in all kinds of communications.”
Focused symposia draw together different research and practice perspectives. As part of an international team, focused symposium chairs and speakers explore the implications of the latest research and thinking as well as debate controversies and lay the foundations for future interactions and initiatives.
Among those who proposed and convened a focused symposium in Singapore was Hilda Mulligan, a world authority on rehabilitation for children and adults with disabilities. She thought of the concept of a session on “Emerging use of interactive technology in rehabilitation for young people” with a colleague, and found the process of putting the focused symposium together very satisfying.
“When others in the field agreed to join in we felt we were on to something pretty special,” says Hilda, who is a Lecturer at Otago University’s School of Physiotherapy in New Zealand. “This was confirmed when our focused symposium was chosen by WCPT for the congress in Singapore.”
“For me personally, it was a much more exciting way to present innovation in a field of interest than via an individual presentation. And it certainly provided a great opportunity to get to know others in the field (my co-presenters) – not only as professional and research colleagues, but as friends.”
“As a team, we especially enjoyed the interactive nature of the symposium via the focused question time with the audience.”
If you are interested in putting forward a proposal, you can download full details of requirements. The deadline for proposals is 28th February 2016.