World Congresses of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2013-2015: The way forward – from Beijing to Berlin
Christoph Gutenbrunner, Veronika Fialka-Moser, Leonard S.W. Li, Tatjana Paternostro-Sluga, Gerold Stucki, Boya Nugraha, Juan Manuel Guzman , Marta Imamura, Linamara Rizzo Battistella, Jianan Li
Department for Rehabilitation Medicine, Coordination Center for Rehabilitation Research, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, DE-30625 Hannover, Germany
Scientific congresses are an important tool to support communication among scientists, enabling exchange of knowledge and discussion of research results. They can also provide specialist education and allow a forum in which to develop the goals and policies of scientific societies. The World Congresses of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) aims at continuous improvement of congress quality. The programme development aims are: to operate at the highest possible scientific level; to guarantee continuous communication within the main areas of science in the field; and to invite experts to present topics of recent interest. The first section, the basic programme, largely comprises original papers selected from submitted abstracts. The second section covers topics of recent interest in more depth. Other sessions include recent topics arising from the ISPRM-World Health Organization (ISPRM-WHO) liaison, collaborative sessions with other societies, including national societies special interest sessions and ISPRM partners, and sessions organized by young scientists and students. These aims and programme guide the organizers of the 9th World Congress, which will be held on 19–23 June 2015 in Berlin. The concepts described here will be developed further for use in future ISPRM World Congresses.
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