IFSSH & IFSHT / Welcome Message

IFSSH & IFSHT / BUENOS AIRES 2016 - Welcome Message

Prof. Dr. Eduardo R. Zancolli III

President for the IFSSH Congress

Dear Colleagues and Hand Therapists,

Since November 2010, when we were elected for organising the 13th IFSSH Congress in 2016, we have been working hard to put together the best possible scientific programme (with more than 120 speakers) and very attractive social events for you to experience an unforgettable Congress.

It is the first time that the IFSSH Congress will take place in South America and therefore it will be a unique opportunity to share our Latin American culture.

New modalities have been incorporated for this Congress.  “The Federations´ Contest” will be a competition among the four regional Federations (Asian Pacific, European, North American and South American). “The Classics” is a space where we have asked the original authors of knowledge that has passed the proof of time to explain to us how the “creative process” worked in their particular case.  Finally, we are organising six "Museums" that will be exhibited during the Congress for you to enjoy: Anatomical Dissections, Hand Anatomy Drawings, The Hand in the Renaissance, The Hand in the Evolution, Hands in Animals and Hands in Philately. 

Also you may decide to explore amazing tourism (pre and post Congress) to Patagonia, Iguazu Falls, Mendoza´s wine route and the Northwest with the Inca culture.

We will be happy to “Welcome” you and celebrate together the IFSSH 50th Anniversary with a lot of Malbec wine, good beef and tango dancing.

Eduardo R. Zancolli III

President for the 13th IFSSH Congress


Welcome to the 50th anniversary of the IFSSH in 2016

Michael Tonkin

IFSSH President

The 13th IFSSH Congress will be held in conjunction with the 10th IFSHT Congress in Buenos Aires, 24-28 October 2016. This is the first IFSSH Congress to be held in South America. May I welcome you all to Buenos Aires, the Paris of the South, with its magnificent architecture, broad boulevards, opera, museums, and the remarkable surrounding countryside of Argentina, its coast, mountains, waterfalls, vineyards and Antarctic southern regions.

The scientific programme combines the expertise of Eduardo R. Zancolli and his scientific committee with that of the Argentinian therapists led by Beatriz Inés Piso, in conjunction with the guidance of the IFSHT. The list of speakers attests to an international presence from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

Argentina formally joined the IFSSH as an individual society in 1979, but the South American societies were represented by the combined South American society from 1967. Eduardo A. Zancolli, the President of the Buenos Aires congress, played a major role as did the Brazilian Society, which was one of the eight founding IFSSH societies in 1966. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary in Buenos Aires. It is fitting to remember the words of the late Miguel Vargas Busquets from Puerto Rico, who was Secretary-General from 1989 until his untimely death in 1993. He wrote that "the concept of a mother organisation that acts as a universal umbrella and the creation of new societies worldwide is spectacular".

Join us for our 50th anniversary and embrace the flamboyant and sensuous culture of Buenos Aires and Argentina.

Michael Tonkin
IFSSH President