ISPO 18th World Congress connects participants virtually around the world
The 18th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) was held from 1 to 4 November 2021 focussing on Digital Transformation in an Evolving World. Rolled out as a virtual edition, the event drew 1,000 participants from 83 countries, providing interdisciplinary learning opportunities, bringing together renowned experts to report their latest scientific research, and showcasing industry innovations for people who may benefit from the rehabilitation practice of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive technology.
A high-calibre scientific programme was presented by more than 320 professionals from various world regions and broad-ranging fields of expertise in 4 keynote lectures, 4 regional panels, 16 symposia, 12 instructional courses, 141 free papers, and 87 poster presentations.
“The 2021 World Congress fulfilled the theme Digital Transformation in an Evolving World. In addition to sharing knowledge and experiences related to mobility-enhancing technology and clinical services, which often integrated digital approaches to care, our on-line event enabled broad participation within a global environment of uncertainty. ISPO is working to make this global evolution a positive influence on the lives of people with mobility related disabilities. We look forward to meeting the world again at the 2023 World Congress in Mexico”, ISPO President Edward Lemaire said.
During the ISPO 18th World Congress, several awards were presented for outstanding work, including the Forchheimer Prize, the Sepp Heim Award and the POI Elite Reviewer Award. Prizes were also awarded for the best paper and poster in the categories Advancing Clinical Treatment, Advancing Technology, Advancing Psychosocial/ Socioeconomic Science, Advancing Education and Best Poster.
The recordings of all scientific sessions and exhibitor workshops as well as the scientific posters will remain available in the virtual platform (access via registered email and password) until 31 October 2022 for all event attendees to access at their leisure.