Time for you to get involved, as congress preparations gather pace

WCPT has announced it will be opening its call for abstracts on 17th March, as preparations for the world’s biggest physical therapy event gather pace.

Abstract presentations are the main way of showcasing research and innovations. There were nearly 2,500 abstracts presented at the last WCPT Congress. For the 2015 WCPT Congress in Singapore, the congress programme organising committee (the International Scientific Committee) is introducing new options for abstract presentations. There will be:

  • rapid five platform sessions – five slides in five minutes;
  • state of the art platform sessions profiling cutting edge developments; 
  • poster walks led by high profile moderators.

WCPT has a mentoring programme in place from 17th March to 12th September 2014 for those with limited or no experience of submitting an abstract for a scientific congress. Information about the call for abstracts is now available on the WCPT website. 

Meanwhile, the deadline of 14th February is approaching for submissions to run pre- and post-congress courses.  Congress courses are organised by a recognised expert in the field and have a focus on applied knowledge and skills. The International Scientific Committee (ISC) is particularly interested in seeing proposals that are evidence based, address significant contemporary issues and innovations in physical therapy, and include perspectives from low income countries. To submit a proposal go to www.wcpt.org/congress/courses.

Details of the focused symposia to feature in the congress programme have now been announced.

Aimée Stewart, Chair of the ISC, is delighted at the global interest already being shown in the congress. “Having received a record number of very high quality submissions in response to the call for focused symposia, we know that physical therapists all over the world want to be a part of the WCPT Congress. I’m sure that once the first programme content is announced physical therapists will feel as excited as we are about the content that is developing.”

“There are lots of opportunities to get involved and we hope that the new innovations will bring something fresh to the abstract sessions.  The programme is being designed to appeal to all physical therapists so that there will be something for everyone. I’d encourage everyone to put the congress dates in their diaries for 2015 and start planning.”

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