Pre Con

33rd World Congress of Endourology and SWL

For the first time ever, the endourology and oncology sections of the British Association of Urological Surgeons will co-host their annual meetings.


Oct. 1-5
ExCeL London

Since its founding in 1984, the international, nonprofit Endourological Society has rotated its World Congress of Endourology and SWL (WCE) from country to country. This year, some 1,800 health-care professionals, doctors, and scientists working in endourology — which involves treating kidney stones in a minimally invasive way to patients, including therapies such as shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) — will gather in London for four days of education and networking.

Combining two discrete meetings under the WCE umbrella, creating a cohesive multidisciplinary educational experience for attendees. “We have an exciting program in store,” said Hannah Doyle, BAUS’s events manager, “with state-of-the-art lectures, vibrant and engaging guest orators, as well as superlative educational opportunities.” Organizations such as the European Association of Urology (EAU) and EAU’s Robotic Urology Section will also host meetings at WCE.

Organizers are moving away from traditional paper posters in favor of ePosters that will be available to delegates before, during, and after the meeting. “There will be viewing stations within the exhibition hall during the meeting,” said Doyle, whose team is also developing an app for attendees and planning a Twitter campaign to promote WCE 2015.

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Kate Mulcrone

Kate Mulcrone is digital editor of Convene.