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About the event

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 6th annual meeting of the World Society for Emergency Surgery (WSES), which will take place in Nijmegen the Netherlands, from June 25th to 28th in 2019.

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About the event

The WSES is a unique society that brings together both some of the world’s most recognized surgeons in emergency and trauma surgery, as well as surgeons facing the challenges of acute care in developing countries. WSES truly is a worldwide society.

In the 2019 edition of our annual congress we will:
- learn from invited lectures by internationally experts
- share results of latest studies presented by young clinical and basic researchers
- discus new and update existing clinical practice guidelines

Previous editions of WSES have brought together more than 250 surgeons and other physicians (ED, ICU, Anesthesiology, PA, Nurse specialist) from over 40 countries. The pre-congress courses are particularly suitable for physicians and surgeons in training. During the meeting you will be able to interact with colleagues from all over the world at a vibrant university hospital campus, meet industry to discuss latest developments, and enjoy an exiting social program.

On behalf of the local organizing committee and the WSES board we hope to welcome you in Nijmegen, the oldest city of the Netherlands and European green capital.

Dr. Edward Tan, congress chair
Dr. Martijn Stommel, vice congress chair
Prof. Fausto Catena, secretary general WSES
Prof. Yoram Kluger, president WSES
Dr. Richard ten Broek, scientific committee chair


How to register

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Registration Link
To apply for the WSES member rates please forward the 2019 WSES certification certificate to

2019 WSES certification certificate 

For more information about the WSES membership, see the website of the World Society of Emergency Surgery

Early bird until May 24, 2019
WSES member  € 350
Non-member € 400
Residents, physician assistants and nurse practioners  € 200
Nurses and students € 100
Single day (Wednesday) € 125
After May 24
WSES member late € 400
Non-member late € 450
Residents, physician assistants and nurse practioners  € 250
Nurses and students € 125
Single day (Wednesday) € 150

Students of the Radboud University can apply for a grant for a congress visit, go for more information to the website of the Radboud University (in Dutch).

Important dates

December 1, 2018
Call for abstracts

February 10, 2019
Deadline abstract submission

March 17, 2019
Launch preliminary program

May 24, 2019
Deadline early bird registration
Deadline pre-congress course registration

Abstract /poster submission

Deadline abstract submission: February 10, 2019
The best abstracts will be selected for WJES full paper publication. There will be prizes for best papers, best posters and best videos.

Link to the online abstract submission
Note: if you are already registered for WSES 2019 or have registered with Radboudumc Health Academy before, click 'logon' (if necessary choose: Forgot you password).

Please use the WSES 2019 abstract format. You can download the abstract format here.

To facilitate the submission process and the subsequent follow up process, please consider the following guidelines and deadlines mentioned.

  1. Abdominal emergency surgery
  2. Trauma and damage control
  3. Vascular emergencies
  4. Healthcare organization and mass casualty
  5. Emergencies  in vulnerable patient groups
  6. Digital healthcare in surgical emergency
  7. Innovations in emergency care
  8. Training in emergency and trauma surgery
  9. In- and out-hospital organization of emergency and trauma surgery
Abstract format:
  • 350 words font size 11 
  • headings: background, aim, methods, results and discussion
  • figures allowed (max 2)
  • no references
Presentation type:
  • oral
  • poster
  • both



Radboud university medical center Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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The symposium  will take place at the Auditorium of the Radboud university medical center, Geert Grooteplein 15, route 296, Nijmegen

The city of Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands full of history and culture. The history of Nijmegen comprises the roman era settlement, the palace of Emperor Karl the Great, and the hard-fought ‘bridge too far’ over the river Wall during World War II. The inner city is a vibrant place with plenty of gourmet restaurants and characteristic pubs. During the summer Nijmegen hosts the largest annual walking event of the world ‘de 4-daagse’ during which over 1 million tourists flocks to the city.



About the Society

Promotes medical education in emergency and trauma surgery worldwide

Delegates from 56 countries from all 6 continents

Publishes the World Journal of Emergency Surgery
  • Impact factor 3.19 and rising
  • Ranked 4th in category emergency medicine
  • Firm into 1st quartile of surgical category
Platform for international multicenter trial and register studies, for example:
  • International register for open abdomen
  • Global alliance for infections in surgery
Evidence based guidelines on important surgical emergencies such as: small bowel obstruction, unstable pelvic trauma, cholecystitis, splenic injury, obstructing colon cancer, perforated diverticulitis

Postgraduate fellowships and courses including:
  • Robotic surgery fellowship
  • Emergency abdominal surgery course
  • Mass Casualty Incident Management Books and surgical video library

Books and surgical video library

World Society for Emergency Surgery (WSES)
Website: World Society for Emergency Surgery  
Phone: +39-338-8560294


Marjolijn Klomp-Kooi MSc
Congress Manager

+31 24 361 7050
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