World Congress of Anaesthesiologists
The World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) is the pre-eminent international congress for anaesthesiologists.
Bringing together anaesthesia and perioperative care providers from around the world, WCA provides an extraordinary opportunity for the promotion of science, education, training, networking and the exchange of experience across the spectrum of anaesthesiology.
With delegates from 130+ countries the WCA is unique in terms of global reach and diversity and offers an outstanding scientific and social experience for all who attend.
For more information please see the WFSA Guidelines on the Application, Preparation and Organisation of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists which can be seen here. A draft version of the criteria used by the Venue Committee can also be downloaded here.
WCA 2021, 1-5 September
The 17th World Congress was to have been held in Prague, Czech Republic but due to Covid-19 restrictions became the first ever fully virtual World Congress. The Congress took place from 1 -5 September 2021 and attracted over 6,500 delegates. Information about the scientific programme and registration process can be accessed through www.WCA2021.org .
Over 1,000 abstracts were published in Anesthesia & Analgesia and can be accessed at https://journals.lww.com/anesthesia-analgesia/toc/2021/09002
Delegates can access the full scientific content from the Congress which is available on demand until 5th December 2021.
WCA 2024 – Singapore
Following a comprehensive application and shortlisting process the WFSA Board and Council awarded the hosting of WCA 2024 to Singapore.
The 18th WCA will take place from the 1st to the 5th March 2024.
19th WCA – Vancouver, Canada
The WFSA Venue Committee shortlisted Brasil, Canada and Sweden to host the 19th WCA and they were asked to prepare full bids. Further to this each bidding Society presented to the Venue Committee and recommendations were made to the Board. The WFSA Board has since confirmed Vancouver, Canada as the nominated venue (subject to a site visit in early 2022) and looks forward to working with the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society
16th WCA – Hong Kong 2016
The 16th World Congress was held in August-September 2016 in Hong Kong. The Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong (SAHK) co-hosted an incredible Congress at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in the heart of the vibrant island. Over 6,000 delegates from 134 countries attended. 1,054 abstracts were presented. 648 speaker sessions. 79 workshops. 54 problem based learning discussions. 116 companies exhibited.
The abstracts from the WCA 2016 can be found here.
15th WCA – Buenos Aires 2012
The largest WCA ever in terms of attendance took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from the 25th to 20th March 2012. An astonishing 11,322 delegates took part including 8,893 medical professionals and 590 faculty. There were over 620 sessions on the programme, 771 digital posters were presented, 43 workshops were delivered and 94 companies and 23 societies exhibited.
The abstracts from the WCA 2012 can be downloaded here:
14th WCA – Cape Town 2008
Over 6,000 delegates registered from all 5 continents. There were 788 separate presentations, 12 workshops, 8 Industrial Symposium/workshops, 1019 posters were displayed and there were 130 exhibitors.
WCA Locations Since 1955
The World Congress rotates through different world regions and the below list shows the host cities and societies since the first congress in 1955.