18th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA2024)


Welcome to the Features Page, your gateway to discovering the exciting highlights of WCA2024 in Singapore! Get ready to explore a world of innovation, collaboration, and inspiration as we showcase the main features and activities that will make this event unforgettable. 

Highlighted Sessions

Welcome Ceremony

Monday 4 March 2024 |18:30 – 20:00 Welcome Reception

We are honoured to be joined by the Minister of Health of Singapore, Mr Ong Ye Kung, at our Welcome Ceremony on Monday 4 March in the evening. The ceremony will celebrate the achievements and successes of anaesthesiology globally and will feature an exciting mix of local traditions  and modern technology.

Harold Griffith Lecture

Interactive Programme

With 18 scientific tracks, WCA2024 has a huge range of world-leading experts sharing their experience and research. We encourage you to review the interactive programme for details of speakers and sessions of particular interest to you and your sub-specialty.

WFSA is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), advocating for the global anaesthesiology community and its patients. We are proud to present a session brought to you in collaboration with WHO, where you can hear from Assistant Director-General Dr Bruce Aylward about the UHC in the post-pandemic age, and find out more about the new WHO-WFSA Perioperative Medication Safety Recommendations.

Global Anaesthesia Village

WCA2024 is your congress. WFSA’s 130+ Member Societies are vital to the success of this and all other WFSA projects. The Global Anaesthesia Village is your chance to meet colleagues from other countries and find out about their work and how they deal with challenges. The Village will feature charging points, comfortable seating and be your ‘home away from home’ during Congress.


Located adjacent to the Global Anaesthesia Village, the WFSA stand – the Hub – will feature a global programme of pop-up sessions, presentations and mini seminars featuring colleagues from around the world. This is also where you’ll be able to speak with WFSA leadership about issues that concern the profession in your country and region and contact WFSA staff for support with your membership.

More details will be posted here on the programme for the Hub as we get closer to March.

World Anaesthesia Games

Registration is required

The team that developed the Serious Games held at Euroanaesthesia with the support of the European Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (ESAIC) is also bringing this innovative simulation activity to WCA as the World Anaesthesia Games.

Experience the future of medical learning with the World Anaesthesia Games! Dive into a captivating realm where medical crisis management and technical skills are taught through engaging and immersive gameplay.

The World Anaesthesia Games is an innovative education platform revolutionising how we approach medical training for residents and faculty. Remember the joy and excitement of your favourite childhood games? We’ve ingeniously woven those elements into our movement to make learning effective and delightful.

Humanities Competition

Humanities Competition submissions are now closed.

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

This is your chance to showcase your creative side.

All registered delegates are invited to submit a poem or a short story (not exceeding 200 words) on the theme of “Compassion” to be in with the chance of winning free registration to the next WCA2026 to be held in Morocco in the spring of 2026 as well as a cash prize.

Submissions must be original, not previously published or under consideration anywhere else. Submissions must be your own work and not generated with the help of AI.

WCA2024 Fun Run by SSA

Join special guests Wayne Morriss and Chan Yew Weng, WCA2024 Organising Co-Chairs and Sophia Chew, SSA President for the first ever WCA Fun Run!

The Fun Run is an excellent opportunity for networking with fellow delegates while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Enjoy Singapore’s beautiful Marina Bay area and some of its most iconic sights, such as the Esplanade, the historic Fullerton Hotel, Merlion, Gardens by the Bay, and the scenic view of the Singapore River.

Race Package

The race fee is USD15, includes a WCA2024 Fun Run Tshirt, and light refreshments. You can register online as you register for the Congress. To assist with race planning, we strongly recommend that you register in advance.


6:30 am                       Gather at meeting point. Warm up exercises
6:45 am                       Flag off – 3km run (46mins walk)
7:30 am                       Expected arrival at the finishing line


The two organisers of WCA2024 – WFSA and the SSA – share a commitment to planetary health and an understanding of the impact the practice of anaesthesia has on our natural environment. However, after eight years without a face-to-face World Congress, it is time for the global anaesthesiology community to meet in person once again. This is critical for networking, sharing experiences and learning. We recognise that this will mean carbon emissions from our in-person attendees and encourage you to sign up to relevant schemes to reduce these. We also encourage you to make the most of your airmiles by ensuring you attend all four days of the event to take full advantage of everything WCA2024 offers.

Anaesthesia Studio

We are delighted to be joined by the TopMedTalk team in Singapore where Professor Monty Mythen and Desiree Chappell will provide daily coverage of congress highlights, interview key speakers and bring you a flavour of all the sessions you missed.



Several prestigious prices will be awarded in Singapore and will be celebrated during the Welcome Ceremony.

WFSA Innovation Awards

WFSA Innovation Awards supported by an unrestricted grant from Fresenius Kabi.

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Awards celebrate those who have made a special contribution to the art and science of anaesthesiology over many years.

Rising Star Award

Rising Star Awards recognise talent within the next generation of anaesthesiology leaders worldwide.

WFSA Innovation Awards

The WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards aim to support innovative ideas and game-changing tools in the field of anaesthesia. Priority for this round of awards was given to innovations that reduce the environmental impact of anaesthesia and innovations that are accessible in all resource settings to increase patient safety worldwide.  

Three worthy winners will present their work in Singapore:

Dr Karen Nanji

First-place innovation, ‘Global PRoMiSe: Perioperative Recommendations for Medication Safety’, focuses on preventing medication errors during perioperative care, and tailoring strategies for different resource settings. 

Dr Pei Kee Poh

Second-place project, ‘Repurposing used syringes into bitumen: a sustainable healthcare waste solution’, focuses on reducing healthcare waste and promoting a circular economy. 

Dr Alan Tung

Third-place innovation, ‘the Open TIVA Suite for Climate Conscious Anaesthesia’, aims to make Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA) more accessible and eco-friendly with tools like real-time EEG monitoring and an ecological footprint calculator.

Distinguished Service Award

In Singapore, three highly respected and valued members of our global anaesthesiology family will be celebrated for their long-standing contribution to our specialty and the international anaesthesiology community.


Previous Awardees:

Rising Star Award

This is a new Award which will be given out to one colleague who has shown exceptional promise and made a significant impact in their own hospital and beyond.  Our Rising Star stands out from the crowd and make a real difference to their patients, team and the profession as a whole.

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