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Welcome Message

Dear colleagues,

We are approaching what will be a truly extraordinary 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists taking place from the 1st to the 5th of September 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic.

With anaesthesiologists and intensivists at the forefront of the global response to COVID-19 there has never been a better time to bring together leading practitioners, scientists, decision makers and industry from all over the world to share their expertise and experience. The WFSA remains committed to providing an event that is responsive to the challenging conditions that many of our colleagues face. Your health, safety and wellbeing are paramount and in light of this we are excited to announce that the WCA 2021 will consider not only face to face, but also virtual opportunities for all to participate.

Like never before, the WCA 2021 will be a truly global meeting. Despite the pandemic, the WFSA and the local organisers are determined to make this Congress open to all - to those on site as well as to those who may only be able join us online.

We are working hard on upgrades of the scientific content to reflect the current challenges we face as part of a full programme covering the key themes related to our profession. You can find out more at

We look forward to meeting you all in Prague - in person or virtually.

Adrian Gelb
President, WFSA

Prof. Karel Cvachovec
President, Local Organising Committee

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Českomoravská, 190 00 Prague 9 - Vysočany, Czech Republic
Dear colleagues and friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the world and most of our future plans. We were relie-ved when the O2-arena was available for us on almost exactly the same dates in 2021 as the original 2020 congress and we announced new dates accordingly. At the time, we did not take into account that religious holidays do not always happen on the same dates from one year to the next. A global organisation can never avoid all holidays for all countries and all religions, but we try to avoid the most important for the world’s major religions, as we did when setting the 2020 dates. We also take other considerations into account – such as seasonal holidays and potential clashes with other major congresses.

Due to the urgency of the decision, we missed one of these holidays. On reflection, and after carefully looking at the options available to us, we have decided to bring the dates forward by a few days so that the WCA will now take place from September 1st – 5th, 2021. We hope that this change will not cause you any more inconvenience than the one year postponement has already.

We look forward to seeing you in Prague in early September 2021.

Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen
President of the WFSA

Prof. MUDr. Karel Cvachovec, CSc., MBA
President of the Organising Committee of the WCA 2020
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