About WAAM


The World Alliance of Airway Management is a not-for-profit grouping that acts as a conduit for:

  • Future World Airway Management Meetings [WAMM].
  • Local, National and International Airway Societies – (guidelines, statements, advertising, meetings, airway issues).
  • A link between Airway Societies, special interest groups, airway fellowships, training courses.


The objectives of WAAM will be:

  1. To provide a link between Airway Societies, Special Interest Groups, Airway Fellowships, Training Centres and Airway Related Charities.
  2. To act as a central location for Local, National and International Airway Societies, Guidelines, Statements, Airway Related topics, Research projects, Research opportunities and Grants.
  3. To establish effective relationships with other organisations concerned with Airway Management.
  4. To act as a central reference to Industry partners involved in Airway Management.
  5. To serve as an educational centre for ongoing webinars and web based educational activities.
  6. To choose the location, administer and co-ordinate with local teams/hosts for the quadrennial WAMM (World Airway Management Meeting) Conference.

Brief History of the World Airway Management Meeting

2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 Dublin, Ireland

Following the inaugural WAMM 2015 in Dublin the 2nd edition of the meeting in 2019 was hosted by the Difficult Airway Society (DAS), the Society for Airway Management (SAM) and the European Airway Management Society (EAMS) in Amsterdam. The World Airway Management Meeting includes an eclectic programme of lectures, workshops and social events for a world-wide and world-class meeting.

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South East Asian Conference of the World Alliance of Airway Management in Vietnam 13th & 14th April 2024

The first South East Asian Conference of the World Alliance of Airway Management (WAAM) will take place in Vietnam on the 13th and 14th April 2024, in partnership with Vietnam Airlines and Facing the World Charitable Foundation.

Bringing international airway experts from across the world together in Vietnam, the conference has been organised and facilitated by Facing The World CEO Katrin Kandel in conjunction with hospital anaesthetists from the 108 Central Hospital, Viet Duc Hospital and Hong Ngoc Hospital in Hanoi, and with support from Vietnam Airlines and Hong Ngoc group.

With over a thousand global participants expected to attend, the conference will facilitate links between airway societies, special interest groups, airway fellowship providers, training centers and airway related charities as well as a repository for local, national, and international airway societies, guidelines, statements, airway related education, research projects, research opportunities and grants.

As well as the World Alliance of Airway Management Satellite Conference, Facing the world and its partners create opportunities to share medical knowledge and skills through professional exchange and training programs around the world.