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    ISPO - World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics

    As ISPO’s flagship meeting, the ISPO World Congress is a unique interactive forum where the global community of professionals involved in the care of persons in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices comes together to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advances, products, innovative technologies, designs and materials in P&O care.


    ISPO President


    On behalf of ISPO, I would like to personally invite you to the ISPO 17th World Congress in Kobe in 2019. The biennial World Congress is a highlight for all who deal with rehabilitation, in particular prosthetics and orthotics. The Congress in Kobe will certainly be an exciting time for all, as we continue to develop everything from new service models to new technological solutions while we remain focussed on the people who benefit from our services. Significant progress has taken place since our last meeting to assist individuals with disabilities at a global level as well as in many places at a local and individual level and many of these developments will be highlighted in the numerous sessions.

    ‘Basics to Bionics’ captures the breadth of the Congress in every aspect and the scientific sessions as well as the exhibition will expand this theme. The exhibition will also highlight new technological developments and robotics in use in rehabilitation.

    The Congress will have something for everyone, for service users, for the ISPO community and the broader rehabilitation community as well as industry. I would encourage all of you to make the effort to be in Kobe and I look forward to seeing you there.

    Friedbert Kohler
    ISPO President
    Chair, ISPO 17th World Congress Committee

    Congress Scientific Committee Chair


    Basics to Bionics, the theme of the ISPO 17th World Congress, perfectly stretches the breadth of ISPO, and underlines the unique multidisciplinary nature of ISPO World Congresses.

    The World Congress brings together all disciplines involved in rehabilitation. Its scientific program draws attention to each of these disciplines, as well as to their collaboration. The program includes podia for keynote speakers, symposia, instructional courses, free papers, posters, and case study presentations. It highlights the cutting edge state of the art in prosthetics and orthotics and tries to look beyond current horizons, with the aim to inspire delegates to work together on a world where the individual needs for rehabilitation are met. The scientific program offers a unique platform to interact with experts from around the world, and to learn from different professional perspectives.

    It is my pleasure to invite you all to the ISPO 17th World Congress!

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    Dick Plettenburg
    ISPO 17th World Congress
    Scientific Chair 2019

    Local Organising Committee Chair


    At the ISPO 17th World Congress in Kobe, discussions will be held on the application of P&O, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology with the goal of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. We are honoured to organise this event as its Japanese host. Of particular interest should be the Robotics Technology and Devices Exhibition, which is held parallel to the Congress. I am confident that the 2019 World Congress in Kobe will not only help make Asia’s efforts and initiatives in the area of P&O, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology widely known in Japan but also provide a golden opportunity to call the attention of stakeholders worldwide to the excellent technology and devices developed in Japan.

    Kobe is one of Japan’s leading tourist cities and famous for such gourmet delicacies as Kobe beef and sushi. Numerous World Heritage sites are easily accessible nearby. I’m confident that this Congress will afford you a fantastic opportunity to see Japan firsthand and gain an insight into its timeless appeal.

    I invite you to join us and look forward to welcoming you to Kobe in October 2019.

    Takaaki Chin
    President, ISPO Japan
    Chair, Local Organising Committee
    Vice-chair, ISPO 17th World Congress

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