24 February 2020

Final reminder to register for WADA's 2020 Annual Symposium



The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that this Wednesday, 26 February, is the deadline to register for the 16th edition of the Agency’s Annual Symposium which will be held at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland on 17-18 March 2020, followed by an Athlete Session on 19 March. After that date, all new registrations will be charged a 400 CHF registration fee.

Under the theme “Bringing the 2021 Code and Standards into action”, the 2020 Symposium will open with remarks by WADA President, Witold Bańka, and Director General, Olivier Niggli. Presenters will thereafter aim to support World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Signatories in their adjustment to, and implementation of, the 2021 Code and International Standards (Standards), which will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

Registration for the Symposium

Should you wish to register for the Symposium and/or the Athlete Session on 19 March (which is exclusively dedicated to athletes, athlete representatives and administrators of athlete representative bodies), please do so on the Symposium Website by this Wednesday, 26 February 2020. The website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including the program, how to register, and how to book your hotel accommodations.
Please note that in an effort to harmonize the registration process across all WADA events, the Agency has recently updated its registration terms and conditions. We strongly recommend that all stakeholders review them before registering.

Delegate App

Once registered, approved participants will receive a notification inviting them to download the delegate app. Via smartphone or tablet, the app will allow participants to access:

  • A personalized agenda with session timings, locations and descriptions
  • Speaker biographies
  • A full list of participants
  • A floor plan and additional event information

Delegates using the app will also be able to add others to their ‘favorites’ and can contact other participants directly to organize meetings in advance of the Symposium.

We encourage participants to make the most of this delegate app in order to maximize communications and networking opportunities in and around the event.

To access the App, simply search for “EW ToGo” on the App Store for iPhones or on Google Play for Android devices.

Note: If you had downloaded the app for previous editions of the Symposium, you will need to delete and re-download the app in order to access the updated version for the 2020 Symposium.

Advisory regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Regarding the coronavirus outbreak in China and elsewhere around the world, please note that WADA is closely monitoring the situation, in particular in light of the upcoming Symposium.

WADA takes the health and safety of its Symposium participants very seriously and therefore, is carefully assessing the travel risk based on expert information from the World Health Organization and the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

As per the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, none of the samples collected in Switzerland revealed positive for the COVID-19 and therefore, there is no entry restriction to Switzerland. Accordingly, the World Health Organization has also not issued any travel restrictions to Switzerland.

Given this information, at this stage, WADA intends to carry on with the Symposium. The Agency will however continue to monitor the situation and commits to updating stakeholders should its assessment of the situation change. 

In the meantime, for travel advice in connection with the coronavirus, please visit the World Health Organization website.