The largest European physiotherapy-dedicated event of 2016

conference delegates

Programme launched

The programme for the 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy is now available to view online. Many of our keynote and other invited speaker sessions are detailed here.

Bookmark this page today and check back at the end of April, as more than 500 abstract presentations will be added to the programme.

A world class event for physiotherapy educators, managers, practitioners and researchers

Around 1,500 physiotherapy professionals are expected to come to Liverpool, UK, when the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy hosts more than 500 speakers and poster presenters from across the world in a packed two-day programme covering five themes:

  • Policy, strategy and influencing
  • Research, education and practice
  • Practice in a digital age
  • Responding to changing population needs
  • Public health, prevention and social care

Book your place today at the early bird rate of £299 + VAT*, for an event which advances physiotherapy, by demonstrating value and impact.

Congress speakers

The Founders' Lecture (which was first instigated in 1914 to commemorate the founders of the modern UK physiotherapy profession) will be delivered by Michael Brennan, Chief Executive of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Joining Michael in this session is another world-class speaker, Dr Emma Stokes, the WCPT President and Associate professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Other keynote speakers include: Professor Kari Bø, Head of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and the first vice president of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women's Health.

Jerome de Barros is UK Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing.

Brian Caulfield of INSIGHT, Ireland's €85m Data Analytics Research Centre. His work with wearable and mobile sensing measurement and intervention applications opens up a new vista for human performance evaluation and enhancement.

See more about the confirmed speakers in the programme section.

Professor Kari Bø
Professor Kari Bø

Pre-event clinical visits **

We are offering delegates the opportunity to attend one of two free clinical visits **, to either Aintree University Hospital (Musculoskeletal outpatients/hydrotherapy; urgent and emergency care; acute and hyper-acute stroke unit) or Broadgreen Hospital (Limb reconstruction service; musculoskeletal outpatients; rehabilitation unit).

The two-hour clinical visits take place on Thursday 10 November, one day before the conference programme begins. Spaces are limited, and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Details on timings and transport will be available once places have been allocated.

Remember to reserve your place when booking your Congress ticket online. Space is limited so you are advised to book early.


Take time out from the clinical and scientific programme to join us at the free delegates' welcome reception, to be held in the grand surroundings of St George's Hall.

St George's Hall
St George's Hall, Liverpool, UK

There is a second free-to-attend reception in the exhibition hall at the end of the first day, followed by the Congress dinner.

The Congress dinner will be at The Rum Warehouse on Friday 11 November, where guests can enjoy a three-course meal and entertainment from the leading Beatles tribute band, The Mersey Beatles. Tickets for the Congress dinner cost £50 per delegate. Be sure to reserve your seat when booking your ER-WCPT Congress place online.

ER-WCPT 2016

Comments from delegates at the last Congress

'Good to understand what goes on in other countries' – delegate from Latvia

'Great to see input from countries beyond Europe' – delegates from USA and Africa

'Wide range of topics, well chosen' – delegate from Austria

'Well designed programme' – delegate from UK

* Members of ER-WCPT organisations only. Full price £350 from 28 June. Discounts apply for students, retired and unwaged. Non-member price £415.83 + 20% VAT if applicable

**Limited space available.