Scientific Programme

UEG Week is the place to be for clinicians and researchers, as the programme includes all aspects of our specialty, ranging from basic science to clinical practice guidelines.

In Barcelona we introduce brand new symposia such as “From guidelines to clinical practice” adding to our popular "Advances in clinical gastroenterology & hepatology" which features scientific breakthroughs on viral hepatitis in 2015. Poster Champ Sessions run at the E-Poster Terminals in the poster exhibition whereas Posters in the Spotlight sessions will highlight cutting edge research topics in the E-Poster Lounge.

The preliminary programme will be available in February 2015.

Programme overview and format descriptions






Opening Plenary Session The Opening Plenary Session is held on Monday morning and includes official speeches and the opening of the core scientific programme with a mixture of invited speakers and presentations of the best submitted abstracts. UEG awards the UEG Research Prize and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Plenary Session. No parallel sessions are scheduled.

Postgraduate Teaching Programme The UEG Week Postgraduate Teaching Programme comprises two days of world-class Continuing Medical Education for medical and surgical gastroenterologists in training and in practice. Registration for the congress is not required. We build on the success of previous meetings and feedback from delegates by introducing key innovations into the programme: Introduction of a rolling curriculum, greater mix of teaching methods and a faculty selection that guarantees for further best possible content and presentation.

Symposia Interdisciplinary symposia cover new approaches to diagnosis and treatment, and place major emphasis on innovative, technical advances in the non-invasive management of gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders and translational/basic science, including state-of-the-art and named lectures. Therapy updates including latest treatment options and a one-day symposium on advances in clinical digestive oncology present the hot topics in 2014

Translational/Basic Science Pathway Compared to last year’s programme, we have an increasing number of Translational/Basic Science symposia during the core meeting. The idea with these sessions is to include topics that potentially will affect clinical practice within the foreseeable future, thereby being attractive for both basic/translational scientists and for clinicians.

Today's Science; Tomorrow's Medicine UEG Week hosts a symposium 'The Omics revolution'. The best basic and translational scientists from around the world will meet to discuss how the current stage of knowledge is ready to be used in clinical practice, and to establish strategies to foster further progression of knowledge in the area and how such research will benefit future patients.

Round Table Discussions As they were a huge success we made the Round Table Discussions our new Lunch Sessions. For each of these sessions we have invited four experts, who will discuss a common clinical situation based on a case presentation. The Round Table Discussions are between 12:45 and 13:45 each day and no extra charge applies. There are four session each on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no booking and there are limited seats which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free Paper Sessions Original research presentations delivered orally have increased prominence this year, with a more interactive format. These sessions allow presentation and lively discussion of the best original research submitted to the UEG Week meeting. This is your opportunity to hear about GI and liver research in Europe and worldwide before it is published, and to question the researchers.

Posters in the Spotlight In 2014 we have introduced so-called Posters in the Spotlight sessions. In addition to the printed poster in the exhibition, poster presenters will be invited to present their original work on the poster terminal in the E-Poster Lounge. Intensive discussion in small groups and hot debates about brand-new research outcome led by two top experts in the field can be expected. On Monday and Tuesday, they are scheduled right before and after lunch break, on Wednesday during the two morning slots. At the end of the session, the Oral Free Paper Prize will be awarded to the best presenter.

Video Case Session The Video Case Session is an excellent platform for brief information on very current issues of endoscopy. During this session short videos showing examples of new, unexpected, or exceptional endoscopic practice are presented and briefly discussed. Thus, the Video Case Session presents unusual cases or new technologies based on diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy.

Live Endoscopy Live endoscopy is the top request for future UEG Weeks in delegate feedback, and is included in the Postgraduate Teaching Programme on Saturday and the main programme on Tuesday. Top international experts demonstrate cutting-edge techniques alongside basic procedures transmitted directly from a local hospital to the auditorium. The use of multiple parallel cases and experienced chair ensure interactive learning without unnecessary gaps.

Poster Exhibition / E-Posters / Poster Champ Sessions Posters are displayed from Monday until Wednesday in the poster exhibition and are changed daily. Some abstracts, which are accepted for poster presentation, are given the option of showing a short illustrative video on a poster terminal next to their poster. New since 2014 is the E-Poster Gallery featuring 6 poster terminals. Any printed poster is also shown as E-Poster on the poster terminals provided that it has been uploaded upfront. Together with the e-posters, UEG has built on the success of the former poster rounds and launched the Poster Champ Sessions. From Monday until Wednesday, 5 Poster Champ Sessions will run in parallel from 12:45-13:30 on the poster terminals in the E-Poster Gallery. Based on their scientific merit, up to 8 Posters of Excellence in five categories will be presented and discussed with two poster judges. At the end of the session, the Poster Champ will be awarded; the Poster Champ Award Ceremony is held at 13:45 in the E-Poster Gallery every day.

ESGE Learning Area The ESGE Learning Area incorporates different educational formats in order to provide both beginner endoscopists as well as proven experts a platform for skill enhancement and professional discourse. In cooperation with ESGENA the Hands-On Training Centre gives practical insight into basic and advanced endoscopic techniques. Lively talks between young experts and established senior discussants are held in the Lecture Theatre. The DVD Learning Centre shows continuous films from the ESGE eLibrary and also includes videos contributed by the ASGE and JGES. The Learning Area is open to all delegates during the general opening hours of the congress.

Ultrasound Learning Centre The Ultrasound Learning Centre promotes the role of a major diagnostic and interventional tool in gastroenterology: Clinical ultrasonography in the hands of the gastroenterologist. The Ultrasound Learning Centre offers individual hands-on training, lectures in abdominal ultrasonography and a postgraduate course on ultrasonography for the gastroenterologist, which is designed for both the beginner and the experienced, offering a mixture of lectures and practical sessions by expert gastroenterologists.

ESGENA Conference The 19th Conference of the European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) is an associated meeting at the UEG Week with separate scientific programme and registration.

Industry Satellite Symposia / Breakfast Meetings Industry Satellite Symposia and Breakfast Meetings are organised by pharmaceutical and medical device companies and are open to all congress participants. The programme of Industry Satellite Symposia is not affiliated with UEG.



UEG Programme & Faculty Management
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