Singapore has been chosen, by members of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS), as the host of the 25th World Congress of Dermatology in 2023.
Themed Dermatology Beyond Borders, the 25thÂ World Congress of Dermatology will be held in July 2023. Delegates will have opportunities to share regional expertise in clinical areas and research, alongside patient and community engagement. Among other programmes, they will also be able to attend plenary and breakout sessions, workshops and potentially, site visits to dermatological facilities.
The Dermatological Society of Singapore (DSS) will also offer scholarships to young trainees, doctors and delegates from low- income and lower-middle income countries to participate in the Congress. Part of the budget surplus from the Congress will be channeled towards training and exchange programmes, particularly in South and South-east Asia, thus developing regional dermatology further.
It will be the largest medical convention ever hosted in the Republic, and will attract around 15,000 local and foreign delegates, and generate over S$28 million (US$20.4 million) in tourism receipts. The event in 2023 also marks the first time that it is held in South-east Asia.
ILDS members voted for the Republic to be the destination for the next meeting over five other cities. Singaporeâ€™s bid â€“ made on behalf of South-east Asia â€“ was spearheaded by DSS, with support from public agencies and industry stakeholders such as Singapore Tourism Board, as well as the League of ASEAN Dermatological Societies and other regional dermatological societies.
The ILDS has over 190 member societies from more than 80 countries, including Singapore, and represents over 200,000 dermatologists.
Held every four years, the World Congress of Dermatology has a 130-year history. The previous Congress was held in Milan, Italy last month.