WCPT2011 congress report

WPT2011, the 16th WCPT congress, was held in Amsterdam from 20-23 June at the Amsterdam RAI convention centre. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) was delighted to work with the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) who extended a warm welcome to everyone at the opening ceremony with Princess Margrit of the Netherlands in attendance.

  • Nearly 5,000 physical therapists from 113 countries attended WPT2011. That represented an increase of 44% on delegate numbers from WPT07 in Vancouver.
  • 20% of delegates came from the Netherlands, 43% came from the rest of Europe and 37% came from the rest of the World.
    • Netherlands = 1,006
    • UK = 377
    • USA = 352
    • Japan = 282
    • Brazil = 244
    • Australia = 208
    • South Africa = 59
  • 32% of delegates had been to a WCPT congress before.
  • 147 companies from 28 countries exhibited.
  • 8,000 square metres of exhibition space was occupied by the exhibition and posters.
  • A daily exercise programme was run in the exhibition hall to keep delegates moving.
  • There were 7 exhibitor seminars.
  • The winning entries in the Art & Health competition were on show in the exhibition.
  • 185 volunteers helped across all areas of the congress.
  • The 3 day scientific programme featured 147 sessions, including 18 focused symposia, 12 discussion panels and 11 WCPT seminars, with 2,303 presenters in total (including poster presenters).
  • 30 networking sessions provided plenty of opportunity for delegates to network with colleagues with similar interests.
  • All areas of practice were represented by the interests of delegates.
  • Of the five programme tracks professional practice was most popular with interest spread evenly across the other four.
  • There were 1,668 posters in total across the three days.
  • There were 22 education sessions and 34 clinical visits in the satellite programme.
  • The closing ceremony saw the announcement that Singapore will host WPT2015.
  • The congress evaluation feedback highlighted that the main benefits to delegates of attending WPT2011 were:
    • the opportunity to make new contacts and to collaborate
    • gaining new knowledge
    • heightened awareness of issues affecting the profession
  • Delegates planned to use this benefit to:
    • share information with colleagues and peers
    • develop or enhance an activity/practice/ research
    • follow up new contacts and develop new collaborations
    • initiate a new project/activity or research
    • build capacity within their organisation
    • contribute to greater professional accountability
    • change day to day practice with patients or students
    • undertake advocacy or promote an issue