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.
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 Kun, 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
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.
This is your chance to hear from some of the global leaders in anaesthesia technology and find out what their vision is for technological development over the next two decades. We are honoured to have the following global experts join us for this plenary session on Monday, 4 March at 10:30:
- Mr Joe Kiani
- Mr Frank Chan
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
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 revolutionizing 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.
This unparalleled learning experience focuses on ventilation, obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia. Join us in this active and dynamic learning environment, and you’ll discover:
Deadline for submission is 30 November 2023
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.
A short 3km fun run is being organised on Tuesday 5 March, at 6:30am. To encourage healthy physical activity during congress. More information coming
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.
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
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:
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.
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.