WCA 2021 Goes VirtualDear colleagues,
In light of the ongoing impact of COVID on international travel, the WFSA and the CSARIM have taken the decision to move to an entirely virtual World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, 1st - 5th September 2021.
Moving online provides an exciting opportunity to ensure that WCA 2021 is the most accessible gathering of its kind. Without the expense of travel and accommodation we expect to welcome the largest global community of anaesthesia and perioperative care providers ever assembled for a congress.
For those who have never been able to travel to a WCA this online format opens up the possibility of attending.
Alongside a comprehensive scientific programme, the virtual platform provides unique opportunities to meet, collaborate and share experiences with a truly global network of anaesthesiologists and intensivists.
Further information about the new WCA format and the appealing registration fees is available through www.WCA2021.org and www.wfsahq.org
Thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you to WCA 2021.
Prof. Karel Cvachovec
President, Local Organising Committee
The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the world and most of our future plans. We were relie-ved when the O2-arena was available for us on almost exactly the same dates in 2021 as the original 2020 congress and we announced new dates accordingly. At the time, we did not take into account that religious holidays do not always happen on the same dates from one year to the next. A global organisation can never avoid all holidays for all countries and all religions, but we try to avoid the most important for the world’s major religions, as we did when setting the 2020 dates. We also take other considerations into account – such as seasonal holidays and potential clashes with other major congresses.
Due to the urgency of the decision, we missed one of these holidays. On reflection, and after carefully looking at the options available to us, we have decided to bring the dates forward by a few days so that the WCA will now take place from September 1st – 5th, 2021. We hope that this change will not cause you any more inconvenience than the one year postponement has already.
We look forward to seeing you in Prague in early September 2021.
Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen
President of the WFSA
Prof. MUDr. Karel Cvachovec, CSc., MBA
President of the Organising Committee of the WCA 2020