RehabWeek is a week-long event that brings together different conferences in the field of rehabilitation technology at the same time to foster cross-disciplinary communication and the development of relationships between different organisations. The Rehab Week includes common keynote lectures and other mutually organised sessions, such as panel discussions and poster sessions. In addition, each conference also organises its own, conference specific sessions. Visitors can freely choose which conference to attend at any given time.
History of RehabWeek
In 2011, the IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), the International Neurorehabilitation Symposium (INRS) and the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR) first joined forces to bring together engineers, clinical researchers, practicing clinicians and industry representatives in one place at the same time to maximise exchange across different disciplines for the benefit of the patients. This first Rehab Week took place in Zurich, Switzerland and attracted over 650 attendees from all over the world.
The feedback from participants across societies was overwhelming and many long-lasting partnerships were formed during this exciting event. This lead to a second RehabWeek in 2015 in Spain, which included the INRS, the Conference on Recent Advances in Neurorehabilitation (ICRAN) and, again, the ICVR. Over 500 people found their way to Spain and enjoyed interesting lectures, stimulating debates and of course Spanish wine, Tapas and the gorgeous city of Valencia.
London was chosen as the location for RehabWeek 2017 and over 1’200 attendees made RehabWeek 2017 the most successful RehabWeek so far, clearly demonstrating the increasing interest in cross-disciplinary communication. In Rehab Week 2019, took place in Toronto, Canada. This year Rehab Week will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands.