The call for focused symposia is now open. This is your opportunity to be involved in one of congress’s key sessions, which include high profile speakers and draw large audiences to engage in lively discussion.
Focused symposia provide a forum where cutting edge topics can be explored and debated, creating an insightful learning experience for clinicians, managers, educators, researchers and/or policy makers. The submissions should address the topic from an international/diverse perspective by including presentations from a range of countries and preferably from three different WCPT regions.
The submission deadline for focused symposium proposals is 23rd February 2018. All submissions will be notified of the outcome on 27th April 2018.
Each focused symposium is organised by a chair who is a recognised expert in the field and leads a coherent session with three to four international speakers working together thoughtfully to explore the latest practice, research, education and professional issues, drawing out the relevance, applicability, take-home message and potential challenges for the audience.
Each 1.5 hour symposium consists of:
an introduction by the chair
a maximum of three 20-minute or four 15-minute presentations
a 15-minute question and answer session with the audience
a 10-minute summary by the chair highlighting the implications, applicability and relevant messages to take away.
Focused symposia bring together presenters working on the same topic from diverse parts of the world. This provides an opportunity to bring new thinking to the topic and for delegates of the WCPT Congress to generate ideas.
It is expected that the chair and presenters prepare a paper of publishable standard after the event. If not published in a peer-reviewed journal the paper will be made available on the WCPT website. WCPT will be exploring a publishing partnership that may facilitate peer-reviewed publication and successful symposium presenters will be advised as plans develop.
To see the list of focused symposia presented at WCPT's last Congress in Cape Town earlier this year go to: www.wcpt.org/wcpt2017/fs/sessions. Recordings of many of these sessions are available to view.
Focused symposium topics
The call is open to any topic relevant to the profession. However, the Congress Programme Committee (CPC) is particularly interested in proposals addressing any of the following areas identified through the WCPT congress market research survey:
advancing and defining the scope of physical therapy practice, including advances in technology and education
how physical therapy needs to change to meet the demands of the ageing population
the unique contribution of physical therapists in the physical activity agenda
challenging perceptions of pain management across the lifespan and across all fields of practice
innovative approaches to address health system funding issues.
Where applicable to the topic, priority will be given to symposia that include perspectives from low-resource countries.