FAQs

Abstract mentoring

Q: What is mentoring?

The goal of WCPT’s mentorship programme is to help the author present their material clearly and concisely prior to submitting the abstract to the formal abstract review process. The programme may be particularly helpful for those:

  • who don't have local/national research support networks
  • where English is not the first language
  • presenting for the first time

It is important to note that the mentoring process is entirely separate from the formal abstract submission and review process. Requesting mentoring assistance and gaining feedback from that process does not guarantee that an abstract will be accepted for presentation at the WCPT Congress 2019.

Q: When is the abstract mentoring programme available?

A: The abstract mentoring programme closed on 31st July 2018.

Q: I submitted my abstract for mentoring, when will I receive feedback?

A: Feedback will be provided, with advice on ways that the clarity of expression could be enhanced, in time to make changes and submit before the 6th September abstract submission deadline.  It is the author's responsibility to submit the abstract following the call for abstracts guidelines.

It is important to note that the mentoring process is entirely separate from the formal abstract submission and review process. Requesting mentoring assistance and gaining feedback from that process does not guarantee that an abstract will be accepted for presentation at the WCPT Congress 2019.

Abstract submission (platform and poster)

Q: How can I submit an abstract?

A: The deadline for submission of abstracts, 6th September 2018 has now passed.

Q: When will I receive notification of whether my abstract has been accepted or rejected?

​A: All abstract submitters will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 21st December 2018.

Q: If my abstract 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 presentation by 22nd February 2019.

Q: I want to request a specific day to present, is this possible?

A: The scheduling of all presentations will be determined by the Congress Programme Committee to ensure best fit with the overall congress programme. Any requests for specific dates and times will not be considered. Similar abstracts in related topic areas will be grouped together for presentation.

Bursary programme

Q: Do I have to be a member of a WCPT member organisation to apply for the busary programme?

​A: Yes. Only people who are members of a WCPT member organisation in a low or lower middle-income country can apply for the bursary programme. Please visit the bursary programme registration page for more details.

Q: I have a question about my bursary application. Who can I contact?

A: Please contact congress@wcpt.org with any questions.

Q: How can I donate to the bursary programme?

A: You can donate via WCPT campaign on the JustGiving website or when you register to attend congress. Any corporate companies wanting to donate to the bursary programme should contact congress@wcpt.org 

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.

Contact

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.   

Access the full list of 26 focused symposia sessions to be presented at WCPT Congress 2019

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.

Language

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.

Letters of invitation

Q: How can I obtain a letter of invitation?

A: Information on visas and letters of invitation is available at www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/visitors/visas

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.

Access the full list of 18 courses to be held at WCPT Congress 2019

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.

Programme

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.

Registration

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

​A: Online registration is open, you can register via www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/registration

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 over 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

Q: I am not a physical therapist, however, I am part of a physical therapy education/research programme. Am I eligible for the member registration fee?

A: WCPT recognises that other professions contribute to physical therapy education and research programmes. WCPT therefore extends the “Member” rate to non-PT educators/researchers who are presenting at WCPT Congress 2019.

Q: Is there a special rate for retired physical therapists?

A: If you are permanently retired from practice you are eligible for the "Retired" rate.

Q: Can I obtain a student rate?

A: Students currently enrolled in a physical therapist professional entry level qualifying programme and who are graduating in 2019 or after are eligible to register for the “Entry level student” rate. Students who graduated in or before December 2018 are not eligible to register for the “Entry level student” rate. The “Entry level student” rate does not apply to physical therapists in post qualifying graduate programmes or to other graduate students (eg MSc, PhD). Physical therapy assistant students are also eligible for the “Entry level student” rate.

Q: Can I add items to my registration once I have paid my registration fee?

A: Yes, additions to your registration, including adding an option from the social programme or a clinical visit, may be made online via https://regonline.react-profile.org/profile/WCPT19/wcpt/en/login up until 29th March 2019, but we encourage early booking as spaces are limited.

Q: Can I make a change to my registration?

A: If you do not wish to add anything to your registration (eg party night tickets, clinical visits), and wish to cancel items or change your personal details please contact wcpt2019@kit-group.org

Q: I only want to register for one day of the congress but don't know which day yet, will I be able to confirm or change the day later?

A: You can register for one day at the super early bird rate.  You can then change/confirm the day you are attending up until 29th March 2019.

Speakers

Q: Are biographies available for any of the congress speakers?

A: You can access biographies of all course and focused symposium speakers from the index of speakers.  Biographies of those chairing discussion sessions and seminars will be added as they are confirmed.

Venue

Q: Where will the congress take place?

A: WCPT Congress 2019 will be held at Palexpo, Geneva's exhibition and convention centre.  Situated just a 10-minute walk from Geneva airport and a 15-minute bus ride from the city centre, it is located at the very heart of Europe.  Palexpo is easily accessible by motorway from the rest of Switzerland as well as from France, Italy and Germany.

Find out more about Palexpo at www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/venue

Visas

Q: Do I need a visa to attend the congress?

A: You are encouraged to review your visa requirements and start your application as soon as possible.  Details on travel visas for Switzerland are available at www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/visitors/visas

Volunteering

Q: Can I volunteer at congress?

A: Full information about volunteering at WCPT Congress 2019 is available at www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/registration/volunteers