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Session types
Find out about the different session types that will be on offer at congress
Focused symposia

Each focused symposium is chaired by a recognised expert in the field who leads a group of speakers, drawn from several of World Physiotherapy’s regions, through a series of linked, evidence-based and internationally relevant presentations. Question time with the audience explores the issues raised, and the chair concludes with key messages and implications for practice.

Discussion sessions

Participants have the opportunity to explore hot topics with leaders in the field. Each session will start with brief introductory comments from the chair, followed by short statements from the panel, then questions from the audience. These sessions offer plenty of opportunities for lively debate before the chair makes their concluding comments.

Networking sessions

An informal opportunity to meet and talk with colleagues who share common interests, without any presentations. The session chair will open and guide discussions, which often take place in small groups. All sessions consider how to continue the discussions after the congress.

Clinical seminars

Delivered by a diverse panel, clinical seminars address relevant practical questions using case studies. These sessions offer an engaging way to have in-depth discussions on clinical topics across the profession.

World Physiotherapy sessions

Developed by World Physiotherapy, these sessions will engage participants with aspects of the organisation’s work or address specific professional issues of global interest.

Platform presentations

Each platform presentation, of selected abstracts, will last eight minutes, and be followed by two minutes for participants to ask questions. The session chair will lead the discussions between the audience and speakers. 

ePoster presentations

ePoster presentations will be scheduled in the programme and grouped by topic. The session chair will lead discussions between the audience and speakers. Speakers are given five minutes to discuss their ePoster with participants, using electronic screens.

Printed poster presentations

Printed poster presentations are grouped by topic within the poster area. Authors have a designated presentation time during the lunch break onsite for discussion with participants.

Idobata sessions

Idobata is an informal meeting space that aims to break down the distinction between speaker and participant, providing inspiration and ‘food for thought’. Listening to stories and experiences, discover how these are shaping and advancing physiotherapy practice. 

Additional sessions
Clinical visits

Clinical visits are being arranged by the Japanese Physical Therapy Association for congress participants to see a range of public and private physiotherapy facilities, across a wide area of interests. The opportunity to attend a clinical visits is only open to full (three day) congress participants. Clinical visits will carry an additional fee.

Details about clinical visits will be updated as they become available.


World Physiotherapy and the congress programme committee are committed to providing language support as best as we can. Artificial intelligence language tools will be used to support some sessions, and some session types may have individuals who are able to support discussion/questions in different languages.

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Call for abstracts

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Congress programme committee

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Key congress dates

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