Both engaging and insightful, our congresses are unlike any other meeting in Surgery.
It is an extraordinary and high-value scientific event in the field of Surgery that brings together the world's leading experts in different disciplines.
Through the efforts of hundreds of specialists, ISS/SIC congresses are a vivid platform for scientific and clinical working groups that lay the foundation for future diagnostic and surgical challenges, discussing novel approaches and standards that allow the field to work together toward real-time and patient-oriented solutions in global Surgery.
International Surgical Week ISW 2024 -
the World's Congress of Surgery
The 50th Congress of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) - International Surgical Week ISW 2024 - the World's Congress of Surgery will take place in August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
International Surgical Week ISW 2022,
15 - 18 August 2022
7th World Congress of Surgery WCS 2017, Basel, Switzerland
Application to host a congress
Invitations to host the International Surgical Week ISW - the World's Congress of Surgery can only be made by the National Delegate of the inviting National Chapter with the assurance of strong support by the National Surgical Society and authorities of the host country.
It has to be taken into account that the organization and control of the scientific program will be done by the ISS/SIC Program Committee in conjunction with the Integrated Societies, the Participating Societies and with the input of the Local Organizing Committee at the Scientific Secretariat in Switzerland. The Council of International Society of Surgery/Société Internationale de Chirurgie will determine the region of interest for a future International Surgical Week ISW.
Partners and Sponsors
The International Society of Surgery ISS/SIC organizes a biennial congress, the International Surgical Week (ISW) which usually gathers some 2’500 surgeons from around the world to discuss the major issues of the surgical world. Many of the delegates are decision-makers at their hospitals.
ISW is also the major meeting of the Integrated Societies (International Specialist Societies within the fields of Endocrine, Trauma, Nutrition, Breast, and Digestive Surgery as well as Anaesthesia). Additionally, the Participating Societies and local societies join the congress and provide a scientific program.
A technical exhibition is organized in close conjunction with the congress where companies related to surgical fields but also non-medical companies may promote their products.
ISW is highlighted in the following promotional documents:
Preliminary Program and Call for Abstracts (on-line publication)
Advertising in selected surgical journals
Up dated website
Electronic and printed newsletters
Sponsorship & Exhibition opportunities include (but are not limited to):
General Sponsorship (Platinum, Gold, Silver)
Sponsored items (Congress Kits, Badge Lanyards, Food & Beverage, etc.)
Advertisements (Webpage Banners, Preliminary & Final Program, Abstract Book, Newsletters, Inclusion in Congress Bags)
For detailed information and negotiations, you may contact the ISS/SIC Administrative Office.
Attendance and exhibition details of the recent congresses
YEAR City. Country Nr. of delegates Exhibition m2
2023 49th Vienna Austria 888 (no exhibtion)
2019 48th Krakow Poland 2’050 300 m2
2017 47th Basel Switzerland 1’750 150 m2
2015 46th Bangkok Thailand 2’500 850m2
2013 45th Helsinki Finland 2’050 350m2
2011 44th Yokohama Japan 1’700 300 m2
2009 43rd Adelaide Australia 1’400 400 m2
2007 42nd Montréal Canada 1’300 450 m2
2005 41st Durban S. Africa 1’900 950 m2