Congress Programme

The World Congress 2017 programme includes an opening and closing ceremony, keynote speeches, technical sessions, special events and symposia. Poster presentations, industrial visits, an accompanying trade fair and the International Media Festival for Prevention are also held concurrently as part of the Congress.

For an overview of the schedule for the XXI World Congress, click here.

Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of the Congress will kick off in the afternoon on 3 September 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, Sands Grand Ballroom on Level 5. The Guest-of-Honour, Singapore’s Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong, will deliver a welcome speech at the ceremony to set the stage for the XXI World Congress for Safety and Health at Work 2017. All Congress delegates and registered accompanying persons are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception that follows. This is an excellent networking opportunity for Congress delegates to further relationships amongst the safety and health community.

Keynote Speeches and Technical Sessions
Keynote speeches by speakers from different countries will introduce you to the main topics of the World Congress 2017. Technical sessions will further illustrate the three main Congress topics to provide a deeper understanding of the safety and health at work issues globally.

The symposia will be organised together with organisations across the world. Participants who wish to present a paper at one of the symposia will be invited to submit an abstract online. All proposals will be reviewed by the National Scientific Committee and organisers of the symposia.

Poster Exhibition
The Poster session of the Congress is organised in line with various topics of discussion in the Symposia to provide an opportunity for more papers to be presented. The Poster session will run throughout the Congress and will be co-located with the Congress proceedings.

International Media Festival for Prevention
The International Media Festival for Prevention is an integral part of World Congress for Safety and Health at Work. The festival will provide Congress participants an overview of the wide range of workplace safety and health films and multimedia products from all over the world. An international jury of experts will present awards at the Congress to the best contributions.

SafeYouth@Work Congress
The SafeYouth@Work Congress seeks to highlight the critical need for awareness of safety and health issues for youth in the workplace, by bringing their voice to the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. More than 120 Youth Champions from around the world, aged 18-24, are being recruited and prepared to participate in the SafeYouth@Work Congress, engage broader World Congress participants, and to become agents of change for SafeYouth@Work in their home countries.

International Safety and Health Exhibition
A safety and health at work exhibition will be held concurrently as a supporting event for the XXI World Congress. Over 100 exhibitors are expected at the exhibition.

Singapore Night
All delegates and registered accompanying persons (except delegates who registered as Students) are invited to attend our Singapore Night, on the evening of 5 September 2017 at the Sands Grand Ballroom. Cultural performances have been lined up to give delegates a chance to experience Singapore’s multicultural heritage while savouring a delicious dinner.

Technical Tours
The Organisers have lined up technical tours as part of the Congress programme to enrich delegates’ appreciation of the key industries and occupational safety and health developments in this region.

Social Tours
Singapore is a melting pot of diverse cultures and religions that offers a plethora of delectable culinary delights and numerous attractions that would satisfy one’s yearning for adventure.

Closing Ceremony
The Closing Ceremony will take place in the morning on 6 September 2017 at the Sands Grand Ballroom. The Ceremony will summarise key highlights and outcomes from the XXI World Congress, and close with a handover ceremony to the next World Congress organiser. In addition, a youth ambassador from the SafeYouth@Work Congress will present outcomes from their discussions at the closing ceremony.