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WGO International Conferences

In addition to the World Congress of Gastroenterology held by the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) every two years, there has been increasing interest shown by WGO Member Societies to secure the endorsement and support of WGO for smaller meetings with a regional focus, including both broadly themed meetings and congresses and also monothematic workshop offerings. In order to meet this growing need, WGO is collaborating with its Member Societies and regional associations to host joint meetings in-between World Congresses.


Gastro 2016

The first of these International Conferences, Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO International Congress, will take place 17-19 November 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This meeting is jointly organized with the Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Society.

This is the first time in the history of WGO that it joins forces with an Arab based organization to jointly hold a co-organized meeting, which only emphasizes the growing scope and demand for expertise in the UAE and the region.

The meeting, which promises to be the largest ever gastroenterology and hepatology gathering in the Middle East & Africa region, will be jointly held with the Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Annual Meeting (EGHC) and is expected to attract close to 2,500 health care professionals, medical specialists, and policy makers at national, regional, and international levels, as well as academics and researchers.

The International Scientific Program Committee with representatives from both organizations is developing a rich educational program over three days of scientific and networking events, symposia, forums, debate, including the live broadcasting of a series of live endoscopy cases directly from one of the UAE’s leading hospitals.

In addition to the keynote speeches, video presentations as well as oral and poster presentations and panel discussions, Gastro 2016 will also include the highly in demand onsite “Hands-on Training” sessions as well as Post Graduate Courses.

We invite you to regularly visit the Congress website for the latest news and announcements.

Important Dates

List of hotels available on the internet

30 January 2016

First Early bird registration for participants and speakers open

1 February 2016

Abstract submission opens for free papers/posters/videos

7 February 2016

Hotel reservation open on web site

25 February 2016

Preliminary program/announcement of deadlines and schedule

8 April 2016


Advance program (subjects of symposia) available on the web site

30 April 2016

Early bird deadline for Sponsorship and Commercial Exhibition

30 April 2016

Abstract submission deadline

15 July 2016

Invited program completed and speakers informed

15 July 2016

First Early bird registration deadline

30 July 2016

Notification on abstract submission to first author

15 August 2016

Scientific program available on the website

1 September 2016

Final program available on the website

1 October 2016

Standard fee registration deadline

1 November 2016

On Site

15 November 2016

Gastro 2016

17-19 November 2016


Future Meetings

For those societies interested in exploring the potential to partner with WGO for a meeting in a non-Congress year (i.e. 2018 and 2020), please contact Caley Mutrie, WGO Executive Director, at for further details. More information about bids for WGO International Conferences is also available here.