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Call for focused symposia

The call closed on 25 April 2024

Call for focused symposia is now closed

The focused symposia are one of the key sessions at congress. The sessions include high profile speakers, draw large audiences, and aim to create insightful and engaging learning experiences that ultimately inform, inspire, involve and empower participants.

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Download and read the guidelines for the focused symposia submission process.

Speaker bursary programme

Focused symposium speakers who are from a low or low-middle income country/territory may be eligible for a bursary.

View previous focused symposia

Search the congress archive to view focused symposia presented at previous World Physiotherapy congresses.

Session format

The chair, a recognised expert in the field, has the responsibility to invite and lead a group of international speakers 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. It is important to deliver a coherent session with speakers working together thoughtfully. The aim of the session should be to create an insightful and engaging learning experience for clinicians, managers, educators, researchers, and/or policy makers (depending on the topic) that ultimately informs, inspires, involves, and empowers congress participants and allows time for discussion.


Each symposium will last 60 minutes and consist of:


  • an introduction by the chair
  • a maximum of three presentations, in addition to the chair  
  • 5-10 minutes of questions and answers with the audience spread across the session
  • a 5-minute summary by the chair highlighting the implications, applicability, and relevant messages to take away
Session topics

The call for focused symposia is open to any topic that is relevant to the physiotherapy profession. The congress programme committee (CPC) is particularly interested in seeing proposals that address the following cutting-edge topics, based on recent market research:


  • how physiotherapy needs to change to address global health issues, such as the demands of an ageing population, physical activity, health literacy, health systems funding, and topics identified in the Rehabilitation 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • professional challenges across all areas, such as diversity and inclusion, quality assurance, knowledge translation, implicit bias, mental health, and wellbeing
  • the role of innovative technology in physiotherapy such as big data management, artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual reality
Submission requirements

Find out more about the focused symposia submission requirements and the selection process.

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View the guidelines for making a focused symposium submission, the bursary programme for focused symposia speakers, and the guidance for focused symposia reviewers.