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    World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics

    The Art and The Science


    1 - 4 November 2021

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of participants and exhibitors, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) has changed the dates of the ISPO 18th World Congress to 1 to 4 November 2021. The Congress will still take place at the Expo Guadalajara Convention & Exhibition Centre in Guadalajara, Mexico. Further Information will be updated soon.

    Every two years, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) invites professionals involved in the care of persons in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive devices to its unique and interactive flagship meeting, the ISPO World Congress. The global ISPO community meets to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advances, products, innovative technologies, designs, and materials in prosthetic and orthotic care.



    • New Date for ISPO 18th World Congress

      (08/17/2020) In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of participants and exhibitors, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) has changed the dates of the ISPO 18th World Congress to 1 to 4 November 2021. The Congress will still take place at the Expo Guadalajara Convention & Exhibition Centre in Guadalajara, Mexico. Please note the new deadlines for programme submission.

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    • Knud Jansen Lecture by Rosielena Jované

      (07/08/2020) We are proud to announce the Knud Jansen Lecture presenter for the ISPO 18th World Congress is Rosielena Jované, a role model in the prosthetic and orthotic assistive technology sector in Latin America. Among other contributions, she founded the first ISPO National Member Society in Latin America and is instrumental in the continued success of regional "Uniendo Fronteras" (Uniting Frontiers) activities. She advocates working in multidisciplinary teams. She believes that it is necessary to combine team members' areas of expertise to support people with disabilities.

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    Call for Symposium and Instructional Course proposals


    Submit by 1 February 2021,
    23:59 UTC

    Call for Free Paper or Poster abstracts


    Submit by 29 March 2021,
    23:59 UTC

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    ISPO President


    The ISPO World Congresses is a premiere global event for prosthetics, orthotics, and assistive technology services that improve mobility and quality of life for people with physical disabilities. As ISPO President, it is my privilege to invite you to Guadalajara, Mexico in 2021 to join us in celebrating ISPO’s 50th anniversary, sharing ideas and innovations to improve assistive technology knowledge and services, exploring the trade exhibition, and connecting with other delegates in the various social activities.

    The World Congress theme is “The Art and The Science”. This theme brings together two important aspects of prosthetic and orthotic care. The “Art” can refer to elite craftsmanship and clinical experience that is applied when providing appropriate services for assistive technology consumers. “Art” can also relate to the personalization and artistic aspects of device design that incorporates the user’s personality and feelings, moving an assistive device beyond just a piece of technology. The “Science” incorporates innovation, evidence, and knowledge translation across the spectrum of prosthetic and orthotic services to enable end-users to receive appropriate services at the right time, the right place, and the right cost.

    This World Congress is jointly supported by ISPO Mexico, ISPO Canada, and US-ISPO. This regional collaboration between ISPO member societies is a fantastic example of how working together can create great outcomes.

    We are in an exciting era of innovation and opportunity. I look forward to seeing you in Guadalajara to share and enjoy the many possibilities.

    Edward Lemaire
    ISPO President
    Chair, ISPO 18th World Congress Committee

    Congress Scientific Committee Chair


    The theme of the ISPO 18th World Congress, “The Art and the Science”, reflects the unique intersection of multi-disciplinary approaches in the field of prosthetic, orthotic, and assistive device rehabilitation.

    The World Congress brings together practitioners and researchers interested in collaboration and the convergence of art and science to enhance care for individuals with mobility and functional limitations.

    The scientific programme will include a spectrum of learning opportunities, with various session formats and congress topics, including keynote speakers, symposia, instructional courses, free papers, posters, and case study presentations. With the diligent work of the World Congress Scientific Committee and our peer reviewers, we look forward to an exciting array of submissions from attendees.

    The World Congress offers a unique global platform to interact with experts from around the world, and be exposed to different professional perspectives with a common goal of impacting care for those with rehabilitation and assistive device needs.

    I hope you can join us at the ISPO 18th World Congress to take part in this exciting programme.

    Jacqueline Hebert
    Chair, World Congress Scientific Committee

    Local Organising Committee Chair


    Dear Friends and Colleagues: ISPO Mexico, US-ISPO, ISPO Canada and all the ISPO National Member Societies in Latin America are truly honoured and excited about the ISPO 18th World Congress in Mexico.

    Guadalajara is known as the most Mexican of Mexican cities and the place where authentic Mexican traditions can be experienced. The city is the state capital of Jalisco and the second most important city in Mexico. It is a place where your senses vibrate with the lovely mariachi songs, the tequila flavour, the colour of its folklore and the aroma of its gastronomy; all of those attributes have made this city a vigorous metropolis and its solid cultural identity has given the image of Mexico abroad. Guadalajara, undoubtedly, has become the ultimate meeting destination because of its warm hospitality and its first-class tourist infrastructure.

    We are waiting for you in Guadalajara to celebrate with us the ISPO 18th World Congress within a framework of camaraderie among colleagues, O & P, physical rehabilitation and mainstream educations professionals. Come and share with us a professional and cultural experience that will allow you to carry in your heart the authentic taste of our Mexican culture! Welcome to Guadalajara, Mexico!

    Marlo Ortiz
    Chair, Local Organising Committee
    Vice-chair, ISPO 18th World Congress

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