Welcome Message

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

In 2012, the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine put forward a bid for Prague as the venue for the 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists 2020. I am proud to announce that during WCA 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Venue Committee chose Prague, Czech Republic, as the site for WCA 2020. Their decision was officially announced during the Closing Ceremony. The joy and jubilation of our delegation after the announcement shall remain for years to come.

Prague is the seat of Charles University, the oldest university in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1348 the university has become the centre of education and science for the whole region, where the discipline of anaesthesiology also has a long tradition. It should be noted that the first general anaesthesia in Prague was administered as early as February 7, 1847 and the First Department of Anaesthesia was set up in the Central Military Hospital in 1948. The city has extensive experience in hosting congress events. It has a large exhibition centre, around 70,000 hotel beds and easy flight connections to all main airports worldwide. Also, several highways and train lines conveniently connect Prague to its neighbouring countries.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll. Severe public health care measures were taken. Travel became restricted. Boundaries – in this part of Europe liberally open – closed again. Health care workers became seriously engaged elsewhere. It became necessary to postpone the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists till the next year.

I have the privilege to cordially invite you to the 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Prague in 2021 not only for an exchange of scientific information, education, and meeting friends, but also to experience the hospitality our country has to offer. I am convinced that your trip to Prague will be the experience of a lifetime.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Prague on September 1 – 5 2021. Please, do come. We shall welcome you wholeheartedly.

Prof. Karel Cvachovec
President of WCA 2021 Zpět do kalendář akcí
17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists