47th World Congress of Surgery 2017 - Basel, Switzerland, 13-17 August 2017

Welcome Letter

Dear Friends,

we want to welcome you to the 47th World Congress of Surgery of the International Society of Surgery (ISS) which will take place August 13-17 in Basel, Switzerland. Basel is a lovely city, commonly considered the cultural center of Switzerland. The city is situated at the border with Germany and France, therefore very easily reachable from any part of the world through the Zurich international Airport which is connected by train to the city. Basel has a modern and efficient convention center which has already hosted many important meetings. After the challenges of the 2011 meeting in Yokohama (Fukushima nuclear disaster) and of the 2015 meeting in Bangkok (terrorism), we do expect a safe 2017 meeting, considering the strong and stable economic and political situation in Switzerland. In addition to the 6 Collective Member Societies (ASAP, BSI, IAES, IASMEN, IATSIC, ISDS) we envision a robust participation of European Surgical Associations and a state of the art scientific program.


I would like to stress that along the goal of a successful and scientifically sound congress, the focus of the ISS will be on the new generation of surgeons who represent the work force of the future. Special membership and congress fees will be available for medical students, residents and fellows. The ISS foundation will support the participation of surgeons from low income countries through travelling grants. Similar grants are also sponsored by the participating societies. Awards will be given to the best presentations by trainees. In collaboration with the Association of Academic Surgery and the World Journal of Surgery, the ISS will sponsor a Career Advancement Course and a Writer’s Course, hoping to replicate the participation and the success of similar activities in Helsinki in 2013 and in Bangkok in 2015.

The congress webpage WCS2017.org will keep you updated about the meeting. See you in Basel.

Marco Patti,
President International Society of Surgery & Congress President WCS 2017

Welcome to Basel WCS 2017
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to Basel, Switzerland, the city on the Rhine and home to one of the oldest medical Faculties in Europe. Basel - embedded between Switzerland, Germany and France - is very proud of its past, currently counting about 800'000 inhabitants in the agglomeration on the River Rhine. 

Basel was a Celtic settlement and became an important roman military stronghold during the first century B.C. An earthquake destroyed part of the city in 1356, but 100 years later the University of Basel was founded in 1460 as the first Swiss University.

Paper manufactory and printing were established in Basel and attracted scholars, humanists or anatomists like Paracelsus, Erasmus of Rotterdam or Andreas Vesalius.

The strong cultural heritage in Basel was also developed through intense exchanges with German and French cultures across the borders. Here you will find an amazing concentration of art museums like the Basel Museum of Art with its magnificent extension opened in April 2016 or the world-renowned Beyeler Foundation among others.

The pharmaceutical giants like Roche and Sandoz and Ciba Geigy, now kown as Novartis were all founded in Basel, and still have their headquarters and strong research facilities. Relevant for the ISS/SIC, was the leadership of Martin Allgöwer as secretary general for many years, and he moved the ISS/SIC office from Brussels to Basel in 1979, which was very important for the success of the Society.

The WCS 2017 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) had a relative late start due some external circumstances well explained by President Patti. The LOC is now well catching up – along with our congress organizer MCI – to propose a landmark meeting. A very attractive scientific program, prepared by ISS/SIC and the 6 Collective Member Societies, is about to be finalized. Various hands-on courses for breast surgeons (BSI), GI-surgeons (ISS/SIC), trauma-surgeons (DSTC by IATSIC) will be available.

Once more, the most appreciated scientific writing course will take place, as well as several special lectures and internationally recognized speakers. Attractive pre- and post-congress tours will be proposed, if delegates choose to take some additional days to visit Switzerland or neighboring countries.

Remain updated through the wcs2017.org webpage, which will be active shortly. Put the congress dates in your agenda, 13-17 August 2017 and don’t miss the offer for the “early birds”!

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you here in Basel in August 2017.

With our profound friendship

Pierre-Alain Clavien & Nicolas Demartines
WCS 2017 LOC Co-presidents