DSi is committed to organising the World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC) in different locations around the world every 2 years. 

The WDSC is an unmatched opportunity for people with Down syndrome, their families, advocates, professionals and researchers to meet and share knowledge, insight and experience with others from different countries and environments around the world. 

Previous WDSC hosts include Down’s Syndrome Scotland (2018). WDSC 2018 in Glasgow was a fantastic event with over 100 sessions taking place over three days, fantastic plenary speakers and social events enjoyed by over 1,100 delegates from around the world.

Would your organisation like to host WDSC 2024? Are you a national Representative Organisation Member of DSi?   Then please apply!

Potential host organisations for WDSC 2024 will need to be able to demonstrate in their application their motivation to host the WDSC and their relevant capacity and skills to successfully plan, operate and deliver the event.

How to apply

Applying to host WDSC 2024 is a two-step process:

  1. In the first instance, please complete the Expression of Interest form found below. The deadline is 31 January 2020.
  2. Based on the information in the Expression of Interest form, applicants will be sent a detailed Application form, a copy of the ‘Guidelines to Host and Organise the WDSC’ and a Formal Agreement (Contract) template. The deadline is 31 May 2020.

Following selection by the DSi Board of Trustees, the successful organisation and the unsuccessful applicants will be notified. Notification will made by the end of July 2020.

A joint press release will be made by DSi and the selected WDSC 2024 host following the signing of the Formal Agreement (Contract).

Summary of schedule for WDSC 2024 host selection

31 January 2020 - Deadline to submit the Expression of Interest form - Complete the online form (link below)

31 May 2020 - Deadline to submit the Application form - Download the form

End July 2020 - DSi announces who will be hosting WDSC 2024

Please note: No applications received after the deadlines set out above will be considered.