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The WCPT Congress programme will showcase the best in physical therapy research and practice, as well as provide excellent opportunities to make new contacts and network.

It is being planned by an International Scientific Committee (ISC), chaired by Canadian physical therapist Dina Brooks.

Final programme

You can now start to plan your days at congress and build your own personal itinerary.


The call for abstracts was issued in June 2016 with the submission deadline of 31st October 2016. Abstract presentations offer a rare opportunity to present your latest research to an international audience.

Focused symposia

The main congress sessions, focused symposia are now confirmed. Find out about the 17 topics and 116 international speakers involved in these sessions, which are core to the congress programme.


A range of seminars are offered at congress, including WCPT seminars, "How to ..." seminars and "Focus on ..." seminars.

Discussion sessions

This is where constructive debate and controversy happen, with delegates given the opportunity to explore hot topics with leaders in the field.

Networking sessions

These are the ideal sessions to attend to make new contacts, where you get the opportunity to meet and talk with international colleagues who share a common interest.

Pre- and post-congress courses

See the 8 pre- and post-congress courses to be held on the 1st and 5th July 2017. Courses are designed to complement the main scientific programme and have a focus on applied knowledge and skills.

Programme tracks

The profession’s largest international congress will focus on the most significant clinical, research, educational and policy issues, exploring challenges and opportunities for physical therapists around the world.

International Scientific Committee

Meet the members of the International Scientific Committee who are responsible for developing the exciting, relevant and innovative scientific programme.