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WCA 2021

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.

WCA 2021, 1-5 September

The 17th World Congress will be held virtually on 1 -5 September 2021. The information about the scientific programme and registration process can be accessed through www.WCA2021.org .

WCA2021 update – Support your colleagues from lower income countries

WFSA works to unite anaesthesiologists around the world to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. Therefore no registration fee is requested from trainees working in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries.  Please join us by donating to these grants when you register.

WCA 2024 – Singapore

Following a comprehensive application and shortlisting process the WFSA Board and Council awarded the hosting of WCA 2024 to Singapore.

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 2028 – Expressions of Interest

The call for Expressions of Interest to co-host the WCA 2028 has now closed. The WFSA Venue Committee shortlisted Brasil, Canada and Sweden and they have been informed and asked to prepare full bids. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a presentation to the Venue Committee by September 2021. 

Download the WCA Guidelines

16th WCA – Hong Kong 2016

The most recent 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:

Part 1    Part 2

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.

The abstracts from the WCA 2008 can be downloaded here

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.

World Congress Locations