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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

World Congress of Gastroenterology (WCOG)

WCOG 2019World Congress 2019 - Istanbul

The next World Congress of Gastroenterology, the World Congress of Gastroenterology 2019, will be held in partnership with The Turkish Society of Gastroenterology (TSG), 21-24 September 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey!

Visit the World Congress of Gastroenterology 2019 website to register!

Learn more about Istanbul and special attractions to see while visiting here!


World Congress 2021 - Dubai

The World Congress of Gastroenterology 2021, will be held in partnership with the Emirates Gastroenterology and Hepatology Society, 12-15 December 2021 in Dubai, UAE.


About the World Congress of Gastroenterology

The WCOG had historically been held every four years, starting with the first World Congress in Washington, DC, USA in 1958. Traditionally, the World Congress has rotated between three regions: the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. For Congresses organized after 2017, this regional rotation will be extended to include the Africa/Middle East region. View the congress history. In 2017, the World Congress officially moved to a two-yearly schedule.

The call for bids for the 2023 WCOG is now closed.

For further information about the bidding process and/or to request a copy of the bidding manual, please contact the WGO Secretariat at  

Please note that applications to host a World Congress can only be considered from WGO Member Societies. Final ratification of the venue of a World Congress, as recommended by the WGO Governing Council, is made by the WGO General Assembly.