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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

World Congress of Gastroenterology (WCOG)

World Congress 2021 - Dubai

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

We are currently in the process of developing the scientific program and want to hear from you during this time. Please complete the following very brief survey via Jot Form: Your comments will best assist us as we plan the next WCOG! Thanks in advance!

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About the World Congress of Gastroenterology


The first World Congress was held in Washington, DC, USA in 1958, and had historically been held every four years until 2017, when it moved to a two-year cycle. Traditionally, the World Congress has rotated between three regions: the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. For Congresses organized after 2017, the regional rotation was extended to include the Africa/Middle East region. View the congress history.

The call for bids for the 2025 WCOG will open later this year and will be announced here. 

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.