Q: Will COVID-19 impact the congress?

A: With the fast evolving global situation created by the spread of COVID-19, we are aware that many of you have been impacted by the pandemic and the uncertainty it has created. World Physiotherapy and the congress programme committee will continue to monitor the situation relating to COVID-19, but for now planning is proceeding for an exciting congress in Dubai next April and we will advise you if there are any changes likely to impact the event.

World Physiotherapy is supporting its member organisations and their members with information and resources, in a number of languages, about COVID-19: www.wcpt.org/news/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV

Abstract submitter support

Q: What is mentoring?

A: The goal of World Physiotherapy’s mentoring programme is to help the author present their material clearly and concisely prior to submitting their 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
  • with little experience of abstract submissions 

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 World Physiotherapy 2021.

Q: When is the abstract mentoring programme available?

A: The abstract mentoring programme is in place until 25 June 2020.

Q: How can I submit an abstract?

A: Details about how to submit a platform or poster abstract are available on the call for abstracts page.

Q: What is the abstract submission deadline?

A: The closing date for abstract submissions is 30 July 2020.

Bursary programme

Q: Will there be a bursary programme to support attendance at World Physiotherapy 2021?

A: Yes. There will be a bursary programme open to physical therapists who are members of a World Physiotherapy member organisation in a low or low-middle income country. Further details will be added to the website when available.

Congress Update

Q: How can I sign up to receive the congress e-letter, 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]


Q: What currency is used in the United Arab Emirates?

A: The currency used in the United Arab Emirates is the Arab Emirate Dirham denoted by AED or more commonly Dhs.

All major international banks have branches in the city and working hours are 8am-2pm, Saturday to Thursday. Cash machines are widely available and major credit cards are widely accepted.

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 2021 in Dubai. This has been particularly successful in the networking and Indaba sessions.

Prayer room

Q: Will there be prayer rooms?

A: Prayer rooms will be available at the venue.

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, one and two day courses will be offered on the day(s) preceding congress, 6-7 April 2021, and the day following congress, 11 April 2021. Attendance numbers are restricted and managed through the registration process.


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 June 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 120 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: 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. You can find details about visas and UAE here: https://government.ae/en/information-and-services/visa-and-emirates-id/do-you-need-an-entry-permit-or-a-visa-to-enter-the-uae.


Q: Can I volunteer at congress?

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