Dear professionals, academics and researchers,
We are pleased to announce the joint organization by AELFA-IF and the CLC of the XXXII AELFA-IF International Congress and the V Congrés del Col-legi de Logopedes de Catalunya, to be held in Barcelona on July 2, 3 and 4, 2020.
AELFA, the Spanish Association of Speech Therapy, Phoniatrics and Audiology, created in 1960 by Dr. Jordi Perelló, has represented and led the scientific dimension of Speech Therapy, Phoniatrics, Audiology and related disciplines for the last sixty years. AELFA-IF is a member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, IALP, a WHO advisory body.
CLC, the Col-legi de Logopedes de Catalunya has been working since 1998 to organise the exercise of the profession of speech therapist, the exclusive institutional representation of the profession, the defence of the professional interests of its members and the protection of the interests of users. CLC is a member of the General Council of Associations of Speech Therapists and of the Intercol-legial association of Col-legis Professionals de Catalunya.
Both institutions work in coordination with universities, associations and public administrations with the aim of joining scientific and professional efforts aimed at improving the quality of life of individuals, families and groups susceptible to speech, phonemic and/or audiological support.
With this purpose and following the trend of the development of the discipline and the profession, the Barcelona 2020 Congress revolves around the motto: Communication throughout the Lifespan, emphasizing the importance of study, prevention, evaluation and speech and language intervention from birth to the last stages of life.
Thus, as different needs arise in each vital stage, the congress is articulated on the following thematic structure: Communication, Language, Speech, Voice, Hearing and Non-verbal Oral Functions (breathing, sucking, chewing and swallowing), according to the areas of professional recommendation included in the CPLOL.
The Congress will offer the opportunity for professionals from all over the world to show the state of the discipline and the profession. We will have the opportunity to share the most up-to-date and relevant practices of colleagues and institutions from all over the world, in a place where science and practical knowledge will walk together.
We encourage everyone in the academic (faculty and students), scientific and/or professional field to commit to Evidence-Based Practice, so that we can achieve a better quality of communication and therefore a better quality of life in this increasingly multicultural and multilingual environment in which we live.
Finally, we wish you to take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy the avant-garde, art, gastronomy and nature of Barcelona, a perfect place to share experiences with new and old colleagues and develop relationships that can last a lifetime.
May our Congress serve as a meeting place for dialogue and scientific, professional, emotional, social and cultural exchange. And not only.
See you soon in Barcelona; until then, receive our best wishes,
Lidia Rodríguez & Mireia Sala
Presidentas del XXXII Congreso Internacional de AELFA-IF y V Congrés del Col·legi de Logopedes de Catalunya