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 Congress Theme  Key Dates  Why should you attend?  Highlights  Scientific Programme
 Registrations  Call for Abstracts  Congress Fellowships  Exhibition and Sponsorship Organising Committee
 Scientific Committee  Congress Venue  Congress Secretariat  Focus on Sessions


Congress Theme

Focusing on bridging the disparity between minimum standards of care across Europe, the overarching theme of the congress is “Optimising European Cancer Surgery”.

Key Dates

1 Feb 2016 Abstract Submission opens
1 Apr 2016 Abstract Submission closes
18 Apr 2016 Early Rate Exhibition closes
9 May 2016 Early Rate Registration closes
1 Aug 2016 Regular Rate Registration closes
13 Sep 2016 Late Rate Registration closes
14-16 Sep 2016  

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Focus on Sessions


Surgical Oncology in Central Eastern Europe: Problems and Solutions
Time: 16 Sept at 09:00 Location: Sala 3B

Clinical Research in Surgical Oncology
Time: 14 Sept at 14:00 Location: Sala 2

Robotic Surgery in Gastrointestinal Cancer: Hype or Hope
Time: 16 Sept at 09:00  Location: Sala 2

Scientific Challenges in Breast Cancer Treatment
Time: 14 Sept at 14:00  Location: Sala 1


Why should you come to Krakow for the ESSO 36 Congress?

  • A programme encompassing a wide range of topics catered to meet the daily practice needs of surgical oncologists
  • Gain insight into state-of-the-art technology, latest healthcare services and solutions within the field of surgical oncology
  • Opportunity to interact with and engage key opinion leaders in productive discussion
  • An educational platform featuring surgical procedure videos, highlighting best practices or latest developments
  • Catch up with colleagues at ESSO’s inimitable networking event at a traditional venue

Programme Highlights

  • To optimise delegates Congress experience, based on direct feedback from the previous Congress, we have included the following popular sessions:
  • Debates
  • Short clinical case studies on specific topics will be presented and the audience will have a chance to vote before and after the debate.
  • Expert Video Sessions
  • Experts present videos featuring surgical technique and procedures highlighting best practices or latest developments.
  • Meet the Expert Sessions
  • These sessions are specially formulated to provide delegates with an opportunity to learn from key experts in an intimate setting to promote interaction and discussion. The sessions are open to all attendees but places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.
  • Multidisciplinary Sessions
  • Novel sessions with an emphasis on the bench to bedside aspect encompassing various disciplines to discuss key clinical science issues.

Scientific Programme

Focusing on bridging the disparity between minimum standards of care across Europe, the overarching theme of the ESSO 36 Congress is ‘Optimising European Cancer Surgery’.

Communication with patients and knowledge amongst our patients is rapidly changing. They are better informed, want to take ownership of their disease and our role at the forefront of care is critical to the eventual patient outcome.

ESSO 36 will embrace this by providing delegates with unique educational opportunities and a platform to interact and establish new collaborations. The latest developments and key issues in surgical oncology will be discussed through an array of interactive sessions to highlight the significance of a multidisciplinary approach for management of cancer patient care.

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Registration fees

To register visit Please note that online registration closes 13 September 2016 at 24:00 CET.

Register early to attend ESSO 36 Congress and benefit from significant savings on fees. Pre-registration and corresponding payment must be received by the deadlines indicated.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed!

Congress Fellowships

The ESSO 36 Scientific Committee has awarded five Fellowship Grants to young participants from emerging countries* to attend the 36th Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology.

The recipients of the ESSO 36 Congress Fellowship Grants are:

Sandeep Kumar Bhoriwal, India
Rohit Chandrashekara Kumar, India
Avadhut Dange Narayan, India
Mladen Djurić, Serbia
Raja Kalayarasan, India

In addition, the Polish Society of Surgical Oncology has awarded two Fellowship Grants to young Polish participants i.e.

Maciej Nowacki, Bydgoszcz
Jacek Skoczylas, Warsaw  
Radoslaw Pach, Krakow

Exhibition and Sponsorship

The ESSO 36 Invitation to Industry (ITI) offers a wide and exciting range of opportunities and tools to achieve the highest level of exposure to surgeons from across the globe.

 As always, the Exhibition forms an integral part of the Congress. ESSO 36 industry partners will have the opportunity to directly interact with Congress participants seeking new approaches and solutions to aid them in their daily practice.

A number of exciting sponsorship opportunities are available to help raise your profile amongst our members and participants alike. We also invite you to select from the many ‘winning formula’ packages and elements associated with the Congress including: Satellite Symposia and Exhibition opportunities.

 Attracting delegates from across the globe, and invited worldwide leading cancer experts, ESSO 36 is providing all the ingredients for an outstanding scientific, educational and networking event.

 We look forward to working with you to advance the role of surgical care in the management of cancer patients. United by a common vision, ESSO 36 participants, industry and organisers will join together to mark another highly successful milestone in the fight against cancer in Krakow on 14-16 September 2016.

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For further information about the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities please contact

Richard Evans
Tel: +44 7768 271130
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Organising Committee

  • Riccardo Audisio (UK) - ESSO President & Scientific Chair
  • Piot Rutkowski (PL) - PSSO President and Congress co-chair
  • Krzysztof Herman (PL) - Congress co-Chair
  • Graeme Poston (UK)
  • Santiago Gonzalez-Moreno (SP)
  • Marjut Leidenius (FI)
  • Tibor Kovacs (UK)
  • Wojciech Wysocki (PL)

Scientific Committee

  • Riccardo Audisio (UK) - ESSO President & Scientific Chair
  • Piotr Rutkowski (PL) - PSSO President & Congress co-chair
  • Krzysztof Herman (PL) - Congress co-chair
  • Graeme Poston (UK)
  • Santiago Gonzalez-Moreno (SP)
  • Marjut Leidenius (FI)
  • Tibor Kovacs (UK)
  • Serge Evrard (FR)
  • Thomas Gruenberger (AT)
  • Agnieszka Kolacinska (PL)
  • Cornelis van de Velde (NL)
  • Lynda Wyld (UK)
  • Wojciech Polkowski (PL)
  • Theo de Reijke (NL)
  • Domenico D'Ugo (IT)
  • Michel Wouters (NL)

Congress Venue

ICE (International Conferences and Entertainment)
ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17,
Kraków 30-302

Tel. +48 12 354 23 00
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Congress Secretariat

c/o ECCO – the European CanCer Organisation
Avenue E. Mounier 83
B-1200 Brussels
Telephone: +32 (0)2 775 02 01
Fax: +32 (0)2 775 02 00

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We look forward to welcoming you to Krakow.



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ESSO Endorsed and Recommended events

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ESSO also supports or recommends scientific events organised by other medical societies, hospitals or institutions that are deemed relevant and of particular interest for the surgical oncology community. All events listed on the ESSO website have been reviewed and approved by the ESSO Website & Editorial Committee. Click here to access the list of endorsed and recommended events.