General Information

Congress Venue

Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 3C1

Built on the original Pier B-C on Vancouver‘s Waterfront, the Vancouver Convention Centre first served as the Canada Pavilion for the World‘s Fair Expo in 1986. Since then, it has grown to become recognized as one of the leading convention centres in the world. It is situated in the downtown area of Vancouver, directly at the harbour.

Congress Registration Counter

Preliminary opening hours    

Sunday, 2 June 2019 10:00 – 19:00
Monday, 3 June 2019
08:00 – 18:30
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
08:00 – 18:30
Wednesday, 5 June 2019 08:00 – 18:30
Thursday, 6 June 2019 08:00 – 15:00

Invitation Letter

The congress office will be pleased to send a formal letter of invitation to any individual requesting one. It is understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential delegates to raise funds or to obtain a visa. This does not imply a commitment from the WFSBP to provide any financial support. Invitation letters can be requested in the online registration process until 30 April 2019. The letters will be sent as an email attachment. If an express delivery is required, the delegate shall order a courier at his / her own expense.


Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Please check the website for further details.

Technical Exhibition

The WFSBP Congress 2019 will be accompanied by a major technical exhibition taking place in the Vancouver Convention Centre. Potential exhibitors can request an exhibition / sponsoring brochure from the exhibition office CPO HANSER SERVICE.

Preliminary opening hours

Monday, 3 June 2019
09:00 – 17:00
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
09:00 – 17:00
Wednesday, 5 June 2019 09:00 – 17:00

Poster Exhibition

Posters will be displayed from Monday, 3 June to Thursday, 6 June 2019 in the East Exhibit Hall, next to the technical exhibition. Each congress day there will be one Guided Poster Tour with the best posters only. The posters selected for the Guided Poster Tour will be displayed in a special area of the congress centre. During the review of the abstracts, which is done by the Local Organizing Committee, the reviewers will indicate the candidates for the Guided Poster Tours. All other posters will be displayed for one entire congress day and grouped according to topics.

Information regarding poster format, set-up and dismantling will be sent to the authors along with their notification of acceptance.

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Travel & Accessibility

How to get from the airport to the Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver International Airport is located approximately 20 minutes / 12 km from downtown Vancouver and served by a wide variety of local, national and international airlines with direct routes to most major destinations.

The airport is connected by the Canada Line rapid transit link to Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront Station. Trains run approximately every 5 – 10 minutes, and the travel time is 30 minutes. Licensed taxis are available at the airport. The taxi fare is approximately CAD 35 – 40 per way plus gratuity.


Vancouver taxi cabs are allowed to operate within the Vancouver area, including Vancouver International Airport. Taxis can be called, hailed on the street or found at one of more than 50 official taxi stands located around the city.


Parking space is available next to the Vancouver Convention Centre and participants arriving by car are advised to use these facilities. Parking fees are not included in the registration fee.

Ferry Services

Regular ferry services are running from Waterfront station next to the convention centre to north Vancouver. Frequency: approx. every 15 – 30 minutes; travel duration: 20 minutes.

Public Transportation

The Vancouver Convention Centre is located in the city centre of Vancouver. It can be reached by public transportation: TransLink provides city transit for tourists and residents seven days a week via buses through its transit system, which includes the SkyTrain. Major hotels are within walking distance to the congress venue.

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