The WAA held its first Congress in Japan in 1986.  Since that time, the Congress has been sequentially rotated through Asia, the Americas and Europe and occurs every 2 years when possible.

Crown Prince and Princess Takamata
1st International Congress of the World Apheresis Association
May 20 – 23, 1986 Tokyo, Japan

Past Congress Locations and Presidents

CongressDateLocationPresident Name, Location
IMay 20-23,1986Tokyo, JapanGerard Rifle, FRANCE
IIMay 18-20,1988Ottawa, CanadaGail Rock, CANADA
IIIApril 9-12, 1990Amsterdam, NetherlandsCees Th. Smit Sibinga, NETHERLANDS
IVJune 3-5, 1992Sapporo, JapanGioro Avanzi, ITALY
VMarch 9-12, 1994Houston, USATetsuzo Aguishi, JAPAN
VINovember 11-14, 1996Florence, ItalyFrancis S. Morrison, USA
VIIOctober 9-13,1998Sao Paolo, BrazilMauro Valbonesi, ITALY
VIIIJuly 25-28, 2000Perth, AustraliaHorst Klinkman, GERMANY
IXSeptember 7-10, 2002Paris, FranceThomas Price, USA
XMay 5-8, 2004Miami Beach, USAPeter Ivanovich, USA
XIMarch 2-4, 2007Yokohama, JapanLoic Guillevin, FRANCE
XIIMarch 17-20, 2009Buenos Aires, ArgentinaNoritoshi Shibua, JAPAN
XIIISeptember 1-4, 2010Interlaken, SwitzerlandBernd Stegmayr, SWEDEN
XIVSeptember 13-16, 2012Istanbul, TurkeyRobert Weinstein, USA
XVApril 2-5, 2014San Francisco, USAHiroshi Tsuda, JAPAN
XVIApril 27-29, 2016Paris, FrancePaolo Perseghin, ITALY
XVIISeptember 14-17, 2022Istanbul, TurkeyFevzi Altuntas, TURKEY