Abstract submission (platform and poster)

Q: When will the call for abstracts be available?

A: The call for abstracts will open in May 2018.

Q: What is the abstract submission deadline?

​A: The closing date for abstract submissions will be in September 2018.

Q: Will there be an abstract mentoring programme?

​A: Yes, the abstract mentoring programme will be in place from May to July 2018.

Congress Update

Q: How can I sign up to receive the congress e-letter, Congress Update?

​A: Join our mailing list in order to receive all the latest congress news as it's released. You can opt out at any time by clicking the "Unsubscribe" link included at the bottom of all our newsletters.


Q: I have a question regarding congress, who should I contact?

​A: If your question relates to your presentation or abstract submission, please contact abstracts@wcpt.org

All other congress related questions should be sent to congress@wcpt.org

Exhibition and sponsorship

Q: Where can I find information on exhibition and sponsorship?

​A: Details on exhibition and sponsorship can be found at www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/exhibition

​Focused symposia

Q: What is a focused symposium?

A: Focused symposia are central to the congress programme. Popular with congress delegates, they draw large audiences and provide lively discussion. They are 90 minute 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 presenters through a series of evidence based and critically reflective linked presentations, drawing out the relevance, applicability, take-home message and potential challenges for the audience.   

Q: How can I submit a focused symposium proposal?

A: The deadline for submission of proposals, 23rd February 2018 has now passed.

Q: When will I receive notification of whether my proposal for a focused symposium has been accepted or rejected?

A: All focused symposia submitters were notified as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted for presentation on 24th April 2018.

Q: If my symposium is accepted, when will I know the date on which I will present it?

A: All presenters will be notified of the time and date of their presentation by 22nd February 2019.

Q: I'm a symposium presenter, rather than the chair, and keen to achieve a publication from the congress, will I be seen as an author of the abstract?

A: All symposium presenters will appear as co-authors on the abstract and appear in the congress programme. You can therefore include the abstract on your list of publications. There may also be other potential outputs from the congress leading to additional publications.


Q: What language will presentations be made in?

​A: The official language of the congress is English and all session and abstract submissions must be submitted and presented in English.

However, building on the success of activities at the WCPT Congress 2017 in Cape Town, WCPT is facilitating interactions in languages other than English at the WCPT Congress 2019 in Geneva.  See www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/language for further details.

Pre- and post-congress courses

Q: What are pre- and post-congress courses?

A: Pre- and post-congress courses complement the scientific programme with a focus on applied knowledge and skills, exploring issues in depth in an area of clinical practice, education, management, research or policy. They actively engage participants via a range of learning formats.

Courses offer delegates the chance to gain practical experience, listen to the latest research and practice advances, learn directly from experts and meet with fellow delegates in their field of interest.

The pre- and post-congress courses are an optional element that are open to delegates who register to attend at least one day of the main congress and they carry a separate fee. A variety of half and one day courses will be offered on the day preceding congress, 10th May 2019, and the day following congress, 14th May 2019. Attendance numbers are restricted and managed through the registration process.

Q: How can I submit a course proposal?

A: The deadline for submission of proposals, 26th April 2018, has now passed.

Q: Will WCPT cover travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for course presenters?

A: Full details of the expenses covered are included in the call for pre- and post-congress course proposals.

WCPT's policy agreed by the Executive Board and Congress Programme Committee is that honoraria will not be provided for course organisers and presenters.

Q: When will I receive notification of whether my proposal for a pre- or post-congress course has been accepted or rejected?

A: All course submitters were notified as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted for presentation on 28th June 2018.

Q: If my course is accepted, when will I know the date on which I will present it?

A: All presenters will be notified of the date and time of their course by 31st January 2019.


Q: I am interested in running a course at WCPT Congress 2019, how do I apply?

A: A restricted call for specific topics is open until 26th April 2018. Full details are available via the call for courses page on the congress website at www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/programme/courses

Q: I have an idea for the programme. Is there scope to add it?

​A: The Congress Programme Committee is working hard to ensure a comprehensive and interesting programme is offered and undertook a widespread consultation in October 2017 to help inform this. There is limited scope to add new ideas to the programme but we would still like to hear from you.

Please send your idea to bmuellerwinkler@wcpt.org and if there is scope to include it we will contact you to discuss it further. Please note, the closer we get to the congress, the less flexibility we will have to introduce new ideas.


Q: When will I be able to register for congress?

​A: Online registration will open in July 2018.

Q: I am a member of my national physical therapy association.  Can I obtain a reduced registration rate?

A: You are only eligible for the member rate if you are a member of a WCPT member organisation.  For a full list of WCPT member organisations visit www.wcpt.org/members

Q: Am I a member of WCPT?  How do I join?

A: WCPT is a confederation of 109 national physical therapy associations.  Individuals are linked to WCPT through their national associations.  We do not have an individual membership category.  A full list of WCPT member organisations can be found on the WCPT website at www.wcpt.org/members