Focused symposia

Focused symposia are central to the congress programme. Popular with congress delegates, they draw large audiences and provide lively discussion.

They are one-and-a-half-hour sessions led by a chair who is a recognised expert in the field. The chair has the responsibility for inviting and leading a group of international speakers, from at least three WCPT regions, through a series of evidence based and critically reflective linked presentations, drawing out the relevance to practitioners, managers, educators, researchers and/or policy makers.

Focused symposia provide a forum where cutting edge topics can be explored and debated, drawing together different research and practice perspectives. As part of an international team, focused symposium chairs and speakers can explore the implications of the latest research and thinking as well as debate controversies and lay the foundations for future interactions and initiatives.

The deadline to submit a focused symposium proposal has now passed. All those who submitted proposals were notified of the outcome on 15th June 2016.