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

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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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How to register

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Registration Link
To apply for the WSES member rates please forward the 2019 WSES certification certificate to events.rha@radboudumc.nl.
The annual subscripton fee is € 50.

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 € 425
Residents, physician assistants and nurse practioners  € 225
Nurses and students € 125
Single day (Wednesday) € 150
Single day (Thursday) € 150
Half day (Tuesday) € 75
Half day (Friday) € 75

Registration link>>>

After May 24
WSES member late € 400
Non-member late € 475
Residents, physician assistants and nurse practioners  € 250
Nurses and students € 150
Single day (Wednesday) € 175
Single day (Thursday) € 175
Half day (Tuesday) € 100
Half day (Friday) € 100

Registration link >>>

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).

WSES Conference 2019

Important dates

December 1, 2018
Call for abstracts

March 17, 2019
Launch preliminary program

March 31, 2019
Extended deadline abstract submission

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

Abstract /poster submission

The abstact submission is closed March 31st.


The review committe will approximately 2/3 weeks to review all the submitted abstracts. All submitters will be informed about the status of their abstract before the end of April.

The best abstracts will be selected for WJES full paper publication. There will be prizes for best papers, best posters and best videos.

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.


Nearby hotels

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Van der Valk Hotel Nijmegen-Lent
Hertog Eduardplein 4 6663 AN Nijmegen-Lent, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 24 792 02 00
Email: info@nijmegen.valk.com
For making a hotel reservation please use this mailaddress: groups@nijmegen.valk.com and mention GF5387

Sanadome Hotel & Spa Nijmegen
Weg door Jonkerbos 90, 6532 SZ Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)24 359 72 00
Email: info@sanadome.nl
For making a hotel reservation: https://www.sanadome.nl/radboud-reservation

Mercure Hotel Nijmegen Centre
Stationsplein 29 6512 AB Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)24-323 88 88
Email: H1356@accor.com

Hotel Erica
Molenbosweg 17, 6571 BA Berg en Dal, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)24-
684 3514
Email: info@hotelerica.nl.
To make a hotel reservation please contact by Phone +31024-6843514 or by e-mail: info@hotelerica.nl. Please mention that you make a Reservation via Radboudumc Health Academy with reference F25-GFC4972

Find alternative hotels in Nijmegen on booking.com


The WSES is accredited for the following points:
Accreditatiebureau Verpleegkundig Specialisten Register: 126 points
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Heelkunde (NVvH): 21 points
Nederlandse Vereniging van Spoedeisende Hulp Artsen (NVSHA): 24 points

Travel info

There are several airports close to Nijmegen. Below you can find a list of the closest ones and how to get to Nijmegen.

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Travel info

There are several airports close to Nijmegen.  Below you can find a list of the closest ones and how to get to Nijmegen.

Weeze Airport
The closest airport to Nijmegen is in the German town of Weeze and approximately 40 minutes away from the city centre. There are direct buses from Weeze Airport to Nijmegen Central station. Tickets costs approximately €18 and reservation is required. Please note that Nijmegen is “Nimwegen” in the German language.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The largest airport in the Netherlands – Schiphol is approximately 90 minutes away and offers a direct train connection to Nijmegen (Schiphol - Nijmegen). Tickets costs approximately €20.

Eindhoven Airport
Another Dutch airport close to Nijmegen is in Eindhoven, also approximately 90 minutes away. There is no direct bus or train connection, but buses are available from Eindhoven Airport to Eindhoven Train Station where you can  take a train to Nijmegen (including one transfer). You can use the following websites to plan your trip:

NS journey planner and 9292 journey planner. Tickets costs approximately €16.

Learn more about transportation in Nijmegen here.                                                       
Please note: most local buses in Nijmegen are now operating a cashless system.

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  
Email: infonew@wses.org.uk
Phone: +39-338-8560294


The WSES Congress 2019 offers companies a variety of opportunities to support the congress.

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The WSES Congress 2019 offers companies a variety of opportunities to support the congress, ranging from sponsoring a lunch symposium to placing a promotional booth in the exhibition.
Please contact the congress organisation to receive further details about the available options and prices.

The WSES Congress 2019 is compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice. This decision is posted on www.ethicalmedtech.eu.


Marjolijn Klomp-Kooi MSc
Congress Manager

+31 24 361 7050


Lisette Schreuder
Congress Manager

+31 24 361 7050


Edward Tan

Edward Tan MD PhD
Congress chair

Martijn Stommel

Martijn Stommel MD PhD
Congress vice chair

Richard ten Broek

Richard ten Broek MD PhD
Scientific Committee chair