World Congress of Surgery WCS

World Congress of Surgery (WCS) - formerly: International Surgical Week (ISW)


The International Society of Surgery organizes every other year the World Congress of Surgery WCS (formerly: International Surgical Week ISW) working closely with the Collective Member Societies (CMS) and a number of WCS partner societies. The aim of the WCS is having all surgical subspecialties meet under one roof and enhancing a mutual exchange of knowledge and techniques. A benefit of membership in the ISS/SIC is a considerably reduced congress registration fee.

The World Congress of Surgery (WCS) regularly attracts a number of 2'500 surgeons from all over the world. The congress is held in conjuction with a Trade Exhibition.



We are happy to announce that the World Congress of Surgery 2017 ( was granted 30 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

European Accreditation

European Accreditation is granted by the EACCME in order to allow participants who attend the above-mentioned activity to validate their credits in

their own country.

Accreditation Statement

Accreditation by the EACCME confers the right to place the following statement in all communication materials including the registration website, the

event programme and the certificate of attendance. The following statements must be used without revision:

»The 'International Society of Surgery' (or) 'World Congress of Surgery WCS 2017' is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing

Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of

Medical Specialists (UEMS),«

»The 'World Congress of Surgery WCS 2017' is designated for a maximum of (or 'for up to') 30 hours of European external CME credits. Each

medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.«

»Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert

EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can

be found at«

»Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group

Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.«

Travel Grants ISS Foundation


The International Society of Surgery Foundation (ISS Foundation) offers a number of travel grants to young surgeons from developing countries who have demonstrated interest in teaching and research. The award permits the recipient access to the 47th World Congress of Surgery WCS 2017 in Basel, Switzerland, August 13-17, 2017. Awardees will have their registration fee waived. The award is to be a contribution towards travel, hotel and living expenses. Please note that the award is usually about $3,000 and may not cover the total coverage of these costs, which must be met from your own resources.


Click HERE for more information and application

Travel Grants Japan Chapter ISS/SIC


In order to encourage Japanese young surgeons’ active participation in the WCS, Japan Chapter of ISS/SIC has set up a travel grant program that provides partial financial support for them to participate in the WCS. 

This grant is funded by contribution by LOC ISW2011 Yokohama, which was sourced from its residual profit. For this background and in commemoration of the success of ISW2011 Yokohama, the grant was named “Yokohama Award.”

The outline of the Yokohama Award program for WCS 2017 Basel is as follows:


1.Eligibility: Japanese surgeons aged 40 or younger at the time of application and satisfy the following requirements.

(1) Has submitted abstracts to the WCS 2017 as oral presenter

(Submitted abstracts choosing the category of “Oral Only” or “Oral or Poster”)

(2)Has reference from a member of Japan Chapter ISS/SIC


2.Number of awards:  5


3.Amount of award: 100,000 yen each (= Approximately 818 Euro), 500,000 yen in total


4.Period of application acceptance:  By Friday, January 28, 2017 

(10 days after the deadline of the WCS 2017 abstract submission)


5.Procedures for application:

(1)An application form is available from Japan Chapter ISS/SIC website. 

(2)Submit the completed application form (with the abstract and the signature of the reference) by e-mail or letter to Japan Chapter ISS/SIC 


6.Notification of the award:

Applicants will be notified the award by the end of March 2017. The names of award winner will also be announced in publications of Japan Chapter ISS/SIC including website and newsletter.

Travel Grants IAES


Presenting Authors of free papers who are residents in training, fellows, or students will be eligible for one of the 10 travel scholarships offered by the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons IAES (USD 1’000.00 each) based on the rank of their submitted IAES abstract. These eligible Presenting Authors will be notified ahead of time of the acceptance of their paper for presentation. If interested in the Travel Award, they will need to submit via e-mail:

  1. A cover letter listing the title and number of the accepted abstract, as well as the importance of the award to the applicant.
  2. Curriculum vitae that includes listing of the applicant’s years of surgical training and prior publications.
  3. A letter of reference from a mentor in surgery, explaining the importance of this award to the applicant.

Travel awards will be presented via wire transfer following the conclusion of the Basel meeting.

Submission: All applications must be complete in the IAES Secretary's office ( by April 15, 2017. All received emails will be confirmed by return message. Applicants will be notified of the awards by April 28, 2017.

Janice L Pasieka

Secretary-Treasurer of the IAES

Department of Surgery, Foothills Medical Centre

Calgary, Alberta



Travel Grants BSI


BSI will be offering eight travel scholarships for young surgeons from low and middle income countries ( The criteria for the award is that the candidate has to be aged 40 years and below on 13 August 2017. The candidate has to have an abstract submitted either as an oral or poster presentation at the World Congress of Surgery WCS 2017. Successful candidates are encouraged to submit a full paper on their abstract to World Journal of Surgery. Members of BSI will be given priority, although membership is not a requirement. The successful candidate will be given Euro 1'000.00, and free entry to one of the preconference workshops on 13 August 2017, as well as the BSI dinner on 15 August 2017. The registration fee is not included in the award.

Interested candidates please apply to the Secretary of BSI, Dr Owen Ung ( by deadline January 18, 2017.

Notification of the award to the applicant will be given by March 31, 2017.