Event profile

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.

Reaching out to the global community

With a mission to reach the global community, the World Congress travels from region to region.

  • COMING UP: Guadalajara, Mexico (2023)
  • Virtual edition with international focus (2021)
  • Kobe, Japan (2019)
  • Cape Town, South Africa (2017)
  • Lyon, France (2015)
  • Hyderabad, India (2013)
  • Leipzig, Germany (2010)
  • Vancouver, Canada (2007)

Meet your colleagues

P&O professionals worldwide are invited to participate in the upcoming congress which is being promoted on every continent by ISPO National Member Societies, partner associations and educational institutions. Interact with ISPO Congress delegates from the following areas:

Professions involved in P&O

  • Prosthetists and Orthotists
  • Rehabilitation Engineers
  • Orthopaedic Shoe Technicians
  • Rehabilitation Technicians
  • Mobility Technicians and Designers
  • Biomechanical Engineers and other Engineers

Medical professions involved in P&O

  • Physiatrists
  • Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Other related Patient Care Professionals

Other target groups

  • Medical Suppliers, Wholesalers, and Retailers
  • P&O Students
  • Suppliers and Manufacturers
  • Health Insurance and Social Insurance Institutions
  • Other Social Institutions

ISPO 19th World Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico

The ISPO 19th World Congress, taking place from 24 to 27 April 2023 in Guadalajara, Mexico, will offer a high-quality scientific programme presented by renowned international speakers. At the same time, companies from all continents will present their latest products and innovations in the international exhibition.

The World Congress theme The Art and the Science brings together two important aspects of prosthetic, orthotic and mobility 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 personalisation 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, orthotic and mobility services to enable end-users to receive appropriate services at the right time, the right place, and the right cost.

Impressions of ISPO 17th World Congress 2019