18th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA2024)

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FAQ

Do you still have questions? See our most frequently asked questions below.

General FAQ

The accommodation allocation for WCA is presently sold out. Should you require further lodging or intend to initiate new reservations, we kindly request that you reach out to wca2024-housing@icsevents.com.

  • WFSA and SSA recommends not to have children or minors under the age of 18 present in any scientific session rooms. Exception will be made for babes in arms and young children in pushchairs.
  • Minors (persons under 18 years of age) are allowed to access the common areas of the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre and areas in use by WCA2024. Minors must be registered at the Congress registration desk (no fee applies, please contact the WCA2024 Secretariat at wca2024-registration@icsevents.com to receive the registration form to complete in advance). 

Registered children will be required to wear a badge which will include the contact details of their caretaker all times whilst at the venue.

  • In each session room, seats nearest to the exit will be reserved for delegates who may need to abruptly leave a session, such as doctors on call or parents with children.
  • Adults are fully responsible to ensure appropriate and correct behaviour of the children they accompany. Interference with Congress activities will not be accepted. The organisers take no responsibility for any damage to the venue or other facilities, or disruption caused by minors.
  • Please note content deemed unsuitable for children may be displayed during WCA2024 sessions.
  • Children or minors will not be admitted to the Plenary Lectures, the Exhibition Hall, Workshops, PBLDs and Industry Symposia, due to compliance.

 

Available facilities:

  • Baby changing/nursing room is available on Level 3 (located beside the Concierge desk) of the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • A free playground on Level 3 of Suntec City

Location: Level 3 Suntec City (Shopping Mall), in between Tower 2 and 3 (near Zero Latency #03-346)

  • Indoor play centre SuperPark

Location: Suntec City Mall, #02-477 (North Wing)

 

We are pleased to confirm an application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

View Congress at a Glance 

English is the official language of the Congress. WCA2024 will offer simultaneous interpretation from English to French, Spanish, and Mandarin for sessions scheduled in Hall 406, which will also be available for live streaming.

Captions in English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin will be provided for all on-demand sessions and will be made available within 48 hours of the session taking place live.

Congress Registration and Badge Pick up – View more info

The Congress will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039593. View more information 

Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. 

For a list of countries that require a valid Visa for entry into Singapore, you can check the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s website, or enquire at the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you.

Prior to arrival, you should fill in your SG Arrival Card to submit your arrival information. This can be done up to three days (including the date of arrival) before your visit. You can submit your arrival information via Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website, or via the MyICA Mobile application.

Please visit this website for the latest information.

Registration FAQ

Please note the registration fees and functions are subject to GST applicable to Singaporean Citizens and (PR) Permanent Residents, both GST and Non-GST Registered.  

Functions are subject to GST applicable to all delegates, both GST and Non-GST Registered. 

Taxes, if applicable, will be added at the time of payment during your registration.  

Proof of Trainee or Student status is required during the online registration process. Please provide an official letter on your institution’s letterhead indicating your status. It can be uploaded during your registration. 

Proof of Nurse, Allied Health or Scientist status is required during the online registration process. Please provide an official letter on your institution’s letterhead indicating your status. It can be uploaded during your registration. 

For groups of 10 or more registrations, please contact wca2024-registration@icsevents.com for assistance.

Registration cancellations received in writing at the WCA2024 Secretariat’s address wca2024-registration@icsevents.com by 20 February 2024 will be accepted and all fees refunded, less a USD 150 administrative fee, as per Event’s policy. Please note that if you are a Singaporean resident, an additional GST amount will be added to this total. 

Cancellations received after 20 February 2024 will not be refunded; however, transfer of your registration to another person is permitted by re-accessing the original delegate’s registration via the confirmation letter and replacing with the new delegate. No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Congress. 

In the unlikely event that the Congress is cancelled, travel and accommodation costs will not be refunded. 

Please check your inbox for the Registration Confirmation. If not received, please check your spam folder before contacting wca2024-registration@icsevents.com. 

For any WCA2024-related registration enquiries, please contact the Registration Manager at wca2024-registration@icsevents.com. 

  • WFSA and SSA recommends not to have children or minors under the age of 18 present in any scientific session rooms. Exception will be made for babes in arms and young children in pushchairs.
  • Minors (persons under 18 years of age) are allowed to access the common areas of the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre and areas in use by WCA2024. Minors must be registered at the Congress registration desk (no fee applies, please contact the WCA2024 Secretariat at wca2024-registration@icsevents.com to receive the registration form to complete in advance). 

Registered children will be required to wear a badge which will include the contact details of their caretaker all times whilst at the venue.

  • In each session room, seats nearest to the exit will be reserved for delegates who may need to abruptly leave a session, such as doctors on call or parents with children.
  • Adults are fully responsible to ensure appropriate and correct behaviour of the children they accompany. Interference with Congress activities will not be accepted. The organisers take no responsibility for any damage to the venue or other facilities, or disruption caused by minors.
  • Please note content deemed unsuitable for children may be displayed during WCA2024 sessions.
  • Children or minors will not be admitted to the Plenary Lectures, the Exhibition Hall, Workshops, PBLDs and Industry Symposia, due to compliance.

 

Available facilities:

  • Baby changing/nursing room is available on Level 3 (located beside the Concierge desk) of the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • A free playground on Level 3 of Suntec City

Location: Level 3 Suntec City (Shopping Mall), in between Tower 2 and 3 (near Zero Latency #03-346)

  • Indoor play centre SuperPark

Location: Suntec City Mall, #02-477 (North Wing)

 

Virtual Registration FAQ

Join live coverage of Summit 1 and Hall 406 sessions, offering a virtual experience. Access on-demand session recordings for most scientific sessions within 6 hours. Elevate your learning with interactive features, live Q&A, and real-time interactions, staying at the forefront of cutting-edge discussions—all from the comfort of your own space.

Enjoy round-the-clock access to a wealth of information, ensuring you never miss a beat with the latest developments and insights. Dive deep into the Congress’s scientific programme, including abstracts & E-posters ensuring you stay informed about cutting-edge research and advancements in your field.

The opportunity to receive  European CME credits for those who attended the live-streamed sessions. Receive a Certificate of Attendance and validate your commitment to ongoing learning and professional development through this valuable accreditation.

Explore our exhibitors  to establish meaningful connections and gain a comprehensive view of the latest innovations in your field. Don’t miss the Industry Supported Symposia sessions; plan to join and stay informed about cutting-edge developments in your industry. 

Connect and network with fellow delegates from around the globe, fostering collaborations and expanding your professional network.

Call for Abstracts FAQ

  • Airway Management 
  • Arts & Humanities 
  • Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular 
  • Confederation of ASEAN Societies of Anaesthesiologists (CASA) 
  • Critical Care & Trauma 
  • Education, Simulation & Development 
  • Global Health 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Obstetric Anaesthesia 
  • Paediatric Anaesthesia 
  • Pain 
  • Perioperative & Ambulatory Anaesthesia 
  • Professional Practice & DEI 
  • Regional Anaesthesia 
  • Research 
  • Safety & Quality 
  • Sustainability 
  • Technology, Pharmacology & Artificial Intelligence 

The correct category must be selected to ensure correct scoring. 

The content of the abstract must be topic related. 

There will be two categories of submission. 

  • Research abstracts: Reports of original research approved by local institutional review boards, or animal or clinical ethics committees. Data must be reported, and accepted abstracts will be published in a meeting supplement of Anesthesia and Analgesia. 
    • If the research involves animals, state the animal species in the title of the abstract. 
    • The aim of the study section must state the primary outcome variable or data being studied, and the main hypothesis of the study. 
    • The methods section should start with a description of the study design. 
    • Actual data must be presented for the primary outcome.  
    • The statistical methods must be stated, and the results of the statistical analysis provided. 
    • The conclusion section must include a statement related to the primary outcome or hypothesis. 
  • Case studies: Descriptions of interesting events and practices that occur in anaesthesia, with some educational value for delegates. These may be unusual medically-challenging clinical case reports or case series, or case studies that are descriptions of innovative quality improvement or other management programmes designed to solve major problems. All abstracts must state the problem, describe how the problem was addressed, state the results or outcome, and provide some concluding remarks about key issues and recommendations.  
    • Ensure that the patient cannot be identified from the abstract. 

The WCA2024 Scientific Committee will make the final decision on whether an abstract is categorised as a research abstract or case study. 

Only abstracts that contain original data can be submitted. 

Abstracts can only be submitted online via the online abstract submission system. Abstracts sent by post or email will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. 

Abstracts can be submitted if the following applies: 

  • Abstracts can be submitted if they include data that has either been presented or will be presented at another scientific meeting, but only if the presentation of that data occurred on or after March 2023. This fact must be indicated on the submission form.

  • Abstracts having been submitted for publication or to a scientific meeting, but are pending acceptance, can be submitted without restrictions. However, once the abstract has been accepted by WCA2024 it is automatically subject to the WCA2024’s terms and conditions. 

Research abstracts should be structured into the following sections: 

  • A title which clearly indicates the nature of the investigation. If the research involves animals, state the animal species in the title of the abstract. 
  • Background & Objectives 
  • Methods 
  • Results 
  • Discussion and Conclusion 
  • References 

For submission of Research abstracts, you are required to submit the Institutional Review Board’s approval/waiver letter and the trial registration number. 

Case Studies should be structured into the following sections: 

  • A title which clearly indicates the nature of the investigation.  
  • Background (What is the unique or significant problem highlighted by this case?) 
  • Case Description 
  • Discussion 
  • Learning Point (What is the take home message from this report?) 
  • References 

For submission of Case Studies, you are required to declare whether you have obtained the patient’s consent for submitting their case study as an abstract. 

Word Limit: 

The acceptable length of the abstract is not more than 500 words.  This does not include references.

Graph/Image 

One graph/image can be included. 

Table: 

One table can be included. 

Language: 

Only English is accepted. Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical or scientific errors, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. No proofreading will be done. 

Oral Presentation 

  • If an abstract is selected for oral presentation, the presenting author, as specified at submission, will be requested to present it in the assigned session. 
  • Details will be communicated to the author by 14 November 2023. 
  • Presenting authors of accepted abstracts will be able to register at the early bird registration fee upon reception of the abstract acceptance notification. 
  • If the abstract is selected for oral presentation, the authors, represented by the presenting author, will have to sign an agreement to grant WCA2024 the right to record the entire presentation (audio and slide) and subsequently use it for educational purposes. 

E-Poster Presentation 

  • If an abstract is accepted as an E-Poster presentation, the presenting author will be requested to be available for discussion during the corresponding E-Poster viewing session. 
  • E-Poster stations will be set up close to the exhibition area. 
  • Further details on how to create your E-Posters will be sent to you after the abstract notification date. 

Abstracts can be saved in “Draft” status to be re-edited and modified until the submission deadline (Sunday, 15 October 2024, 23:59 GMT +8).  

Abstracts can only be submitted if all required abstract submission fields have been completed. Only abstracts in “Submitted” status will be regarded as successfully submitted and considered for the congress. Once an abstract has been submitted, no changes can be made.

If you would like to make changes to an abstract, please indicate your paper number and email your changes to wca2024-abstracts@icsevents.com.

It is the intent of WCA2024 to provide high quality sessions focused on educational content that is free from commercial influence or bias. Thus, the submitting author of an abstract is requested to declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors during the abstract(s) submission. 

The inclusion of trade names/brand names is not allowed in the abstract. The mentioning of agents/molecules must follow the scientific standard for publications. 

A written statement reflecting the reasons for withdrawing your abstract must be sent to the WCA2024 Secretariat not later than 15 December 2023. 

For any questions, please contact wca2024-abstracts@icsevents.com

 If you have any questions  regarding a particular submission, please include the paper number in your email.  

  • Abstracts accepted for the congress are subject to the “Transfer of copyright”. With the submission of an abstract the authors agree to the transfer of copyright. 
  • The Corresponding Author has the right to grant, and does grant, on behalf of all authors an exclusive license on a worldwide basis to WCA2024 to publish the abstract (if accepted) in any media and to exploit all subsidiary rights. 
  • Should the abstract be selected for oral presentation, the authors, represented by the presenting author will have to sign an agreement to grant WCA2024/WFSA the right to record the presentation (audio and slide) and subsequently use it for educational purposes.  
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to Anesthesia & Analgesia. Information on accepted abstracts will also be available online about one month prior to the congress.  
  • The submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by the presenting author to present the abstract (if accepted) orally or as a poster in the session and the time assigned by the WCA2024 Scientific Committee. We therefore recommend that submitters of abstracts register for the congress simultaneously with the abstract submission. 
  • Scheduling of E-Poster sessions and abstract presentations is at the discretion of the Scientific Program Committee. Abstracts will be organized into sessions using the topics chosen by the submitter in the abstract submission portal.   
  • WCA2024 does not provide any individual feedback on the reasons for acceptance/ rejection of an abstract. 

Abstracts not adhering to these terms will be rejected. If you do not agree with any of these rules, you should not submit an abstract. The final decision about acceptance of an abstract will be taken by the WCA2024 Scientific Committee. 

We have prizes for 2 categories, Clinical Abstracts and Basic Science Abstracts. The best papers submitted to WCA2024 will be selected by the WCA2024 Scientific Committee.

The nominees will compete during the Best Abstract Prize Competition (BAPC), giving a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation followed by a 3-minute discussion of the abstract.

Cash prizes and complimentary registration for WCA2026 will be awarded to the best three abstracts presented at WCA2024 for both categories. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition in Singapore.

Clinical Abstracts: 1st  1,000 USD, 2nd  750 USD, 3rd  500 USD

Basic Science Abstracts: 1st  1,000 USD, 2nd  750 USD, 3rd  500 USD