World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics
Basics to Bionics
As ISPO’s flagship meeting, the World Congress is a unique interactive event where professionals involved in the care of persons in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive devices come together to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advances, products, innovative technologies, designs, and materials in prosthetic and orthotic care.
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On behalf of ISPO, I would like to personally invite you to the 17th World Congress in Kobe in 2019. The biennial World Congress is a highlight for all who deal with rehabilitation and assistive technology, in particular prosthetics and orthotics, wheelchairs and mobility devices. The Congress in Kobe will certainly be an exciting time for all, as we continue to develop everything from new service models to new technological solutions while we remain focused on the people who benefit from our services. Significant progress has taken place since our last meeting to assist individuals with disabilities at a global level as well as in many places at a local and individual level. Many of these developments will be highlighted in the numerous sessions being offered.
‘Basics to Bionics’ captures the breadth of the Congress in every aspect and the scientific sessions as well as the exhibition will expand this theme. The exhibition will also highlight new technological developments and robotics in use in rehabilitation and assistive technology.
The Congress will have something for everyone: for service users, for the ISPO community and the broader rehabilitation and assistive technology community as well as industry. I encourage all of you to make the effort to be in Kobe and I look forward to seeing you there.
Chair, ISPO 17th World Congress Committee
Congress Scientific Committee Chair
Basics to Bionics, the theme of the ISPO 17th World Congress, perfectly stretches the breadth of ISPO, and underlines the unique multidisciplinary nature of ISPO World Congresses.
The World Congress brings together all disciplines involved in rehabilitation. Its scientific programme draws attention to each of these disciplines, as well as to their collaboration. The programme includes podia for keynote speakers, symposia, instructional courses, free papers, posters, and case study presentations. It highlights the cutting edge state of the art in prosthetics and orthotics and tries to look beyond current horizons, with the aim to inspire delegates to work together to create a world where individual rehabilitation needs can be met. The scientific programme offers a unique platform to interact with experts from around the world, and to learn from different professional perspectives.
It is my pleasure to invite you all to the ISPO 17th World Congress!
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Scientific Committee Chair, ISPO 17th World Congress
Local Organising Committee Chair
At the ISPO 17th World Congress in Kobe, discussions will be held on the application of P&O, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology with the goal of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. We are honoured to organise this event as its Japanese host. Of particular interest should be the Robotics Technology and Devices Exhibition, which is held parallel to the Congress. I am confident that the 2019 World Congress in Kobe will not only help make Asia’s efforts and initiatives in the area of P&O, rehabilitation engineering, and assistive technology widely known in Japan but also provide a golden opportunity to call the attention of stakeholders worldwide to the excellent technology and devices developed in Japan.
Kobe is one of Japan’s leading tourist cities and famous for such gourmet delicacies as Kobe beef and sushi. Numerous World Heritage sites are easily accessible nearby. I’m confident that this Congress will afford you a fantastic opportunity to see Japan firsthand and gain an insight into its timeless appeal.
I invite you to join us and look forward to welcoming you to Kobe in October 2019.
President, ISPO Japan
Chair, Local Organising Committee
Vice-chair, ISPO 17th World Congress