Key dates

Key congress dates


Q: Will COVID-19 impact the congress?

A: Due to ongoing uncertainties around COVID-19 and the impact on the wider physiotherapy community, the World Physiotherapy Congress 2021 will be an online event. More details will follow as planning moves forward.

Abstract submission

Q: What is the abstract submission deadline?

A: The deadline for the call for abstract submissions was 25 September 2020. Authors will be notified of the outcome on 14 January 2021.

Congress Update

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

A: Join our mailing list to receive all the latest congress news. You can opt out at any time by clicking the "Unsubscribe" link 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 [email protected]

 All other congress related questions should be sent to [email protected]

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 leads 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 call for focused symposia has now closed.

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 on 26 March 2020 if their proposal has been accepted for presentation.

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 on 18 January 2021.

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. Recordings of some focused symposia sessions will be published, with the permission of all relevant presenters, on the World Physiotherapy website.


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 previous World Physiotherapy congresses, we will be facilitating interactions in languages other than English at World Physiotherapy Congress 2021.


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 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 [email protected] 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: Registration will open in the second half of 2020.

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

A: You are only eligible for the "Member" rate if you are a member of your national physiotherapy association, which must be a World Physiotherapy member organisation. For a full list of World Physiotherapy member organisations, visit www.wcpt.org/members

Q: Am I a member of World Physiotherapy?  How do I join?

World Physiotherapy is a confederation of over 121 national physiotherapy associations. We do not have a category for individual members. You are only eligible for the "Member" registration rate if you are a member of your national physiotherapy association, which must be a World Physiotherapy member organisation. For a full list of World Physiotherapy member organisations, visit www.wcpt.org/members


Q: Can I volunteer at congress?

A: Full information about volunteering at World Physiotherapy Congress 2021 will be available in 2020.