The 54th Congress of the European Society for Surgical Research

March 13 – March 15 2019

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Dear ESSR participants,

Only one week to go and the preparations are in full swing! We are looking forward to welcoming more than 275 people from 25 countries all over the world.

Please note that one-day passes for the conference will be available on-site, for the price of 250 CHF per day.

There are limited spots left for the pre-congress workshops, and for the congress dinner!

See you next week,

ESSR 2019 Organizing Committee


Dear participants,

The final program has been published on the website! We are proud and happy to announce that we will be hosting a total of 152 oral presentations in the various sessions and symposiums.

We would like to congratulate all presenters and prize candidates, and wish you good luck with the final preparations.

We would like to extend a special welcome to the ASRCC symposium participants who will join us on Friday the 15th of March. Please note that ESSR participants will also have access to this interesting and interactive full-day symposium on laparoscopic surgery (www.asrcc.ch).

Last but not least, please don’t forget to register for the congress and the social events! Places are limited!

Dr. Konstantinos Vakalopoulos, MD PhD, Congress president ESSR 2019
Dr. Charles-Henri Wassmer, MD, Secretary ESSR 2019
Dr. Benoit Borner, MD, Treasurer ESSR 2019 


The 27th symposium of the ASRCC will join the ESSR 2019 and will take place on friday 15th march 2019 at the CICG. For more information : http://asrcc.ch/

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Dear Surgical friends,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 54th Congress of the European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR), which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 13-15 March 2019. This year’s conference will be held in the world-renowned ‘Geneva international conference centre’ (www.cicg.ch).

This exclusive venue, right in the centre of Geneva, which usually hosts large humanitarian conferences such as the world health organization and international summits, will open its doors to the ESSR in 2019. It’s favorable location close to the train station and the airport, and only a few minutes’ walk to the lake, promises to be the perfect venue to captivate and inspire our participants.

We are very excited to welcome participants from all over the world, as well as our sister societies from the USA, UK, South Africa and Japan to our city. Geneva, on the shores of the famous Lac Leman, at the foot of the Alps, has been a hub for healthcare innovation and state-of-the-art scientific progress for many years. With the help of the Geneva University Hospitals, and the Centre for Surgical Innovation (SFITS), we aim to celebrate this heritage by organizing a wide range of workshops and activities, including pre-congress workshops on Robotic Surgery and Surgical techniques.

This year’s conference will take place over two full-days, and will provide an interesting and rich program for various surgical specialties. Sessions on transplant and general surgery, plastic, hand-surgery, orthopaedics and urology will bring together specialists, clinical and basic researchers from all over the globe. Multiple keynote lectures, including an interesting talk by a master watchmaker from Patek Philippe who will walk us through the similarities between surgical training and the world-renowned Geneva watchmaking school.

The conference dinner and party on Thursday night will take place in the exclusive, members only, Golf club of Geneva, where you will enjoy fine dining with one of the most beautiful views Geneva has to offer. During the congress, various cash prizes and prestigious awards will be up for grabs, such as the Walter Brendel Award, B. Braun award and the prize for Best Clinical Paper of which winners will be invited to present their research at American and South African sister society meetings. This year, the prize winners will be announced during the closing ceremony, which will take place of Friday Evening.

After the conference, why not combine your trip with a skiing weekend in Chamonix (45 min), Verbier (1h30) or stay in Geneva to enjoy the world-renowned Geneva International motor show?

On behalf of the organizing committee and our honorary congress president, Prof. Jean-Yves Beaulieu, we are looking forward to welcoming you personally in Geneva for an interactive, high quality and friendly conference.

Dr. Konstantinos Vakalopoulos, MD PhD Congress president ESSR 2019
Dr. Charles-Henri Wassmer, MD Secretary ESSR 2019
Dr. Benoit Borner, MD Treasurer ESSR 2019

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