16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

28 August - 2 September 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Welcome letters

In under a year’s time there will be a phenomenal anaesthesia congress at the Hong Kong Conference Centre. This will be the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists and will be organised by the Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong on behalf of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. The Hong Kong Congress Organising Committee is chaired by Professor Mike Irwin and he and his team are busy creating a truly memorable experience for all those who attend.

The Scientific Programme, as overseen by Tony Gin, will be very innovative and will include plenty of interactions through workshops, PBLs and poster sessions as well as lectures from opinion leaders from around the world. Look out for the Humanities track which will include music, art, ethics as well as history. As well as all of the anaesthesiological updates there will be a vast trade exhibition all of which will be housed in a purpose built modern Conference Centre overlooking the busy Hong Kong waterways.

Attendance in Hong Kong will allow a very special cultural experience as well. Food, language, customs, architecture and religion are diverse and fascinating and are set in one of the most beautiful harbour situations in the whole of Asia. Many people suggest that there is a lower need to attend such meetings nowadays as information can be taken from journals, podcasts, websites etc. etc. Nothing could be farther from the truth in my view. To sit and have coffee with a colleague from Togo where the anaesthesia mortality may be greater than 1:150 together with someone from the Mayo Clinic and another from Tirana in Albania and another from Tegucigalpa in Honduras cannot be replicated by any other means. Friendships are made which last lifetimes and new ideas can invigorate jaded minds to spur on new research or bring back new methods to colleagues at home.

I look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong in August 2016. Start to make your plans now. Look at the opportunities within this Preliminary Programme and come and augment the Congress with your ideas and enthusiasm. I hope we will meet there


David Wilkinson
President of WFSA

It is a great honour and pleasure to invite you to the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) to be held in Hong Kong from 28th August to 2nd September 2016. This is a joint meeting between the Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong (SAHK) and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) whose objectives are to make available the highest standards of anaesthesia, pain treatment, trauma management and resuscitation to all peoples of the world. With this in mind, our organizing committee has put together a comprehensive and clinically relevant programme that will update you on the latest standards and innovations in anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care. Lectures, industry symposia and workshops will encourage interaction between participants and ensure, quite literally, something for everyone.

The World Congress is the Olympics of the Anaesthesia world, keenly anticipated as it travels the globe and a wonderful occasion to bring all the international practitioners of our specialty together. Although our backgrounds and resources may be very different, we all face similar problems and challenges in providing the very best care to our patients. WCA is the preeminent Anaesthesia congress and only takes place every four years. We will have 17 different scientific tracks organised by leaders in each field, together with symposia on Anaesthesia and Cancer, Obesity and Sleep Medicine. Our aim is to provide first-rate, global, scientific content that is also clinically relevant with a strong practical emphasis. I hope that you will consider not only your attendance but also your participation in providing and submitting scientific abstracts for presentation and discussion with colleagues and peers in your field.

Hong Kong is “Asia’s World City” - the most vibrant city in the world. A safe, cosmopolitan and friendly place with excellent infrastructure, Hong Kong is strategically located in the heart of Asia. Over 50% of the world’s population lives within 5 hours flying time, with 85 airlines serving over 150 destinations worldwide. What better place for a World Congress? With so many things to see and do where “East meets West” you will be spoilt for choice with our superb and varied restaurants, excellent competitively priced hotels, shopping, beaches, country parks and natural beauty. If that is not enough, we will ensure a social schedule with something for everyone. So come along, bring your friends and family and don’t miss this exciting event!


Prof. Michael Irwin
President of WCA 2016


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