The 14th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery will be held in Paris, June 25-28, 2014 under the auspices of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) in conjonction with the SFCE (Société Française de Chirurgie Endoscopique) and the International Society for Laparoscopic ColoRectal Surgery (ISLCRS).
As this is a World Congress, other societies either under the umbrella of the International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons (IFSES), including SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons), the Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA), Federación Latino Americana de Cirugia (FELAC), and Asociacion Latinoamericano de Cirugia Endoscopica (ALACE), or independent, such as, the Asia Pacific and European hernia societies, will be joining us.
The Congress will be held in the world famous Palais des Congrès, located in the center of Paris, just a 10 minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées.
Home of some 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Paris is the sixth largest agglomeration in the world, and the most visited city in the world tourist wise.
The name of “Paris” was derived from the Roman name ‘Lutetia Parisiorum ‘ („Lutetia of the Parisii”, probably the name of one of the Celtic tribes living and working as craftsmen in the area at that time) in the third century AD. Paris is called „La Ville-Lumière” („The City of Light”), owing first to its fame as a center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment, and later to its early adoption of street lighting.
We have adapted the theme of “Let there be light”, a wish that refers to the essential role that vision(and the light source) holds in minimal access surgery, but also to the clear scientific messages that the meeting hopes to bring to the scientific community and last, the notion that transparency in minimal access surgery represents the hopes and wishes of our patients while enjoying the benefits of minimally access surgery with optimal outcomes.
In the names of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery and the sister minimal access surgery organizations around the world, I invite you all to what we hope will be a monument in Paris, and in the history of World Endoscopic Meetings.
„Let there be light”!
“Let the light shine”!
Abe Fingerhut MD, DSC (Hon), FACS, FRCPS (g), FRCS (ed)
President of the 14th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery