The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) presents a number of awards in conjunction with each World Congress of Gastroenterology. These include:
The highest honor WGO can bestow on a member, this capstone career award is granted only to those individuals who have provided outstanding dedication to the mission of the WGO and achieved distinction in such areas as scholarly research, teaching, service to WGO, and the community at large.
A medal is awarded in commemoration of Henry L. Bockus, the first president of WGO, to a gastroenterologist who, in the opinion of the WGO Governing Council, has made a distinguished contribution to the clinical practice, science and/or teaching of gastroenterology.
A lecture is delivered during each World Congress to commemorate Georges Brohée, the founder of the first International Association of Gastroenterology. The lecturer is chosen by the WGO Governing Council from either the host country or the respective region.
The WGO Distinguished Global Lecture is to contribute from a global perspective to the education and training being offered on a regional basis by the four WGO Regional Affiliate Associations - AMAGE, APAGE, OPGE and UEG - and to provide an opportunity for WGO to realize in partnership with its Regional Affiliate Associations its primary mission, which is to represent, present and support the discipline of gastroenterology worldwide and enhance the reach of WGO’s Member Societies, particularly in developing and low-resource regions.