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WFC Biennial Congress 2021

September 23 @ 8:00 am - September 25 @ 2:00 pm


Chiropractic For A New Normal

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Biennial Congress. Since our inaugural meeting in Toronto back in 1991, we’ve come a long way. This year, our 16th Biennial Congress reflects an unprecedented time in our history. COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives. It has presented challenges for clinicians, educators, students, and scientists within the chiropractic profession. It has also acted as a catalyst for inspiration, innovation, and opportunity.

As we emerge from the pandemic, we find ourselves in a new normal. What seems certain is that the delivery of healthcare has evolved, new methods will become accepted practices, and emerging evidence will drive methods of learning, communication, and care delivery. Patient expectations will also have changed, and expectations of evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative practice will drive change in the environment of this new normal.

Our 2021 Biennial Congress will showcase the leading global advances in chiropractic. With contributors from around the globe, our theme of Chiropractic For A New Normal will showcase leading contemporary issues, with outstanding keynote speakers, stimulating panel debates, groundbreaking research and inspiring workshops.

Past attendees will know that the WFC Congress has something for everyone. Whether you’re a student, early-career clinician, longstanding practitioner, educator or research scientist, our congresses uniquely bring our global community together.

This year’s event is 100% virtual and we’re partnering with the best in the business. Parker Seminars have developed a worldwide reputation for delivering outstanding online events and we’re proud to be working collaboratively to present an unmissable experience.


You can find all the information regarding the registration fees, process, and applicable terms on this page. It will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Abstract submission

The WFC Biennial Congress is the largest chiropractic scientific meeting in the world. We invite chiropractic and non-chiropractic scientists and researchers to submit their abstracts to this outstanding global event.Please see below for abstract submission information, guidelines, terms and conditions, and judging criteria.
Abstract submission information:

To submit an abstract to the 2021 WFC Biennial Congress virtual event, the corresponding author must agree to the following on behalf of all other authors:

  • New abstracts – not published prior to June 1, 2021 – may be submitted to one of the following research categories: Clinical, Basic science, Education, Public Health, Health Services, and other research. For the “new abstract” category, the content of the submitted work has not been previously published; however, it is permissible for the abstract to be published after the submission due date, June 1, 2021.
  • Previously published papers, are published between March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021, and will be considered separately in the following research categories: Clinical, Basic science, Education, Public Health, Health Services, and other research. Authors of previously published papers must send a complete copy of the paper to 2021wfc.congress.abstracts@gmail.com to be considered by the review committee.
  • Submitted abstract maximum word count is 300 words (not including title)
  • The abstract format shall be: Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion. No references, figure or tables are to be submitted.
  • Abstracts shall be submitted in the English language.
  • Whether ethics approval for the work was obtained or was exempted (proof of this must be provided to the WFC upon request).
  • All authors listed on the abstract agree to its submission to the 2021 WFC Biennial Congress.
  • All authors of “new abstracts” consent to publishing the abstract and the presentation materials in electronic format that will be available publicly online.
  • The presenter of either new or previously published abstract must be an author.
  • The presenting author must be registered for the conference by the due date and provide WFC all required information and permissions. Please see the registration page for registration fees In the event the required registration and presentation materials are not received by their due dates, the abstract and presentation will be removed from the program.
  • Only two (2) presentations may be made by any one (1) person. An author can be listed on any number of accepted abstracts, but any author may present no more than two (2) abstracts.
Abstract judging and selection
  • New abstracts will be selected through a peer review process and will be assigned to one of the following categories for virtual presentation:
  1. Long Platform (6-minute) and will include an optional handout/visual abstract.
  2. Short Platform (3-minute) and will include a poster/visual abstract.
  • New abstracts will be judged on the following criteria: methodology (higher order, higher quality studies receive higher rating), significance of conclusions, appropriateness, relevance, and overall importance of the research for submission at the 2021 WFC Biennial Congress.
  • Previously published papers will be judged in a separate category and not mixed in with new abstract submissions.
  • Any submitted abstract that is suspected to involve scientific misconduct or ethics issues, such as abstracts ghost-written by others or lacking proper ethics approval, will be rejected immediately.
  • If accepted, presenting authors will submit their pre-recorded presentation in accordance with the rules for the 8-minute or 3-minute platforms as assigned. Criteria for pre-recorded presentation(s) will include: language (English), audible, clear visual presentation, is within allotted time, does not promote self or products, and any other instructions provided by the Congress Scientific Committee Chair.
  • Any submitted presentation that does not meet the above criteria will be removed from the program.
  • All WFC decisions regarding abstract selection are final.
Abstract submission instructions

Step 1 Click on the abstract submission which leads you to an external dedicated WFC online abstract submission platform. You can find the button/link on top or below this page.

Step 2 Once you are at the online WFC abstract submission platform, you must first create your author profile. On the blue bar above in the system, click “Login” then on the next page click on “New User?”

Step 3 Fill in the author submission form. Be sure to fill out all required fields and click “save” at the bottom. Once you have created your user profile, please use the same one for all of your submitted abstracts. You may log back in to update your information and profile.

Step 4 To submit your abstract, log in. On your homepage under “My Submissions” click on “add new” which will open a page for you to submit your abstract. Be sure to have all the information for you and your coauthors ready to fill out the submission page. To add your coauthors’ names to the submission, under Additional authors, click on “add new” and fill in their information. Be sure to click “save” at the bottom to save your submission information.

Step 5 To complete your submission, click “save & submit” otherwise, your abstract will not be submitted. You can log in a check on your submission. If you see the word “Complete” on your Submissions page, then you have successfully completed your submission.


For inquiries about the call for abstracts and abstract submission, please contact the abstract submission office via 2021wfc.congress.abstracts@gmail.com.


September 23 @ 8:00 am
September 25 @ 2:00 pm


United States


World Federation of Chiropractic