World Parkinson Congress

Barcelona 4th -7th July 2023

What it is?

WPC is the largest, most comprehensive, most diverse, most inclusive, most inter-disciplinary, most informative, most organised, most influential, most valuable and most inspiring event for Parkinson’s. (World Parkinson Congress)

Why it matters

WPC usually happens every three years (a four year gap on account of Covid), which allows time for significant new discoveries and developments in understanding and treatment to accumulate and be reported, assimilated and discussed at each Congress. It is the forum in which all aspects of knowledge, understanding and treatment from all places on earth move forward. Not to be missed.

Past Branch attendance

Edinburgh Branch has sent delegates to every recent Congress: 2010, Glasgow; 2013 Montreal; 2016 Portland; 2019 Kyoto. 2023 Barcelona now invites our participation.

The experience

The Congress offers delegates a fully resourced and immersive experience in every conceivable subject and activity connected with Parkinson’s, among a throng of PwPs (many of them contributors); scientists; health professionals; researchers; carers; funding, serving and researching charities; support services; pharmaceutical, equipment and commercial providers of many kinds.

Live plenaries are held early each day, followed by individual and team presentations given in four parallel streams according to main subject categories, which delegates attend according to their interests – and capacities. These cover immense tracts of ground during the three main conference days. In addition there are both general and specialised discussion groups, PwP and carers events, and live activities. There are large static poster displays submitted and attended by delegates, for which tours are organised (Edinburgh Branch has submitted posters in 2016 and 2019).

What is involved

Delegates pay registration fees and book their own travel and accommodation. Lists of hotels offering conference rates are provided by WPC Administration, along with local conference information.

Branch support

Edinburgh Branch is keen to send delegates to Barcelona 2023, and offers bursaries towards the cost of attendance. In return, supported delegates are asked to report on their findings and experiences at a subsequent Branch meeting. (Reports from previous Congresses can be found on the Branch website.)

What to report

Delegates are asked to report firstly on what has most inspired and engaged their interest during the congress, and secondly on what they believe to be most important in what they have experienced and discovered to share with our local Parkinson’s community.


To secure a Branch bursary, please apply to Weir Brown, Branch Treasurer, stating why you are going, and how you anticipate your visit will impact your involvement in your local PD community.

Please also state how you will generate the balance of funds to make up what our bursary does not cover. For example, we may only offer registration fees plus some travel costs, depending on the number of applicants.

Weir will present all applications to the Committee for decision within the budget it has set up for this purpose.

The closing date for applications is set for 31st March 2023.

The image shows dates and mascot for the WPC (a small racoon).

Reviews of past events


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