Social Program & Tours

Opening Ceremony

Monday, June 8 – 18:00
Be sure to attend the WCD 2015 Opening Ceremony on the evening of June 8. The world-class Vancouver Police Pipe Band will welcome guests from all around the world and start this congress with flair. Addresses by the ILDS and WCD 2015 Organizing Committee will welcome you to your host city of Vancouver and officially commence the 23RD World Congress of Dermatology.

The Opening Ceremony is open to all registered delegates, accompanying persons, sponsors, and exhibitors.

WCD Gala Event

Friday, June 12 – 18:00
Immerse yourself in diverse cultures at the WCD Gala event! Taking place at Rogers Arena, Vancouver’s premier sports and concert facility, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy cuisine from around the world while also experiencing a global journey through music and dance. With performers representing many corners of our world, this musical and rhythm extravaganza will surely entertain all. Come join us for an evening welcoming you to the rich, multicultural environment of Canada and in celebration of our shared worldwide community. It will be a night not to be missed!

Tickets: $125 US

Maximum purchase per delegate is 4. Attendees must be 19 years of age or older. The dress code is business attire.

Welcome Reception

Monday, June 8 – 19:00
We invite you to join us in celebrating the 23RD World Congress of Dermatology with an exhilarating experience at the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre. With beautiful views of Vancouver’s mountains & oceans, you will relish the luxurious surroundings as you mingle with colleagues, old & new. Enjoy culinary delights highlighting British Columbia’s rich culture and savour the festive atmosphere as you are entertained by Cirque performers high above you. Welcome to Vancouver!

The Welcome Reception is available to registered delegates, sponsors and exhibitors at a fee of $25 US. Attendees must be 19 years of age or older. Due to industry sponsorship compliance rules for medical conferences, registered WCD delegates must purchase their own tickets for this reception. The Welcome Reception is included in the Accompanying Person package fee. The dress code is business attire.

Closing Ceremony

Saturday, June 13 – 16:00
The Closing Ceremony will conclude a memorable and rewarding week of academic, social and business exchanges.

The Closing Ceremony is open to all delegates, accompanying persons, sponsors and exhibitors.

Accompanying Persons

The congress registration fees for accompanying persons include*:

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Welcome Reception
  • Two Vancouver tours
  • Access to Technical Exhibition (18 years minimum) on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12 only.

* Access to Scientific Program sessions is not included; limit of 3 accompanying persons per registrant.

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Tour Program

Welcome to Vancouver! Plan to extend your time in Vancouver and while you are here why not take a cruise to Alaska? Or the Rocky Mountaineer train to scenic Banff, or magnificent Whistler?

All the best options for your time before, during and after the Congress are now available to be reserved: