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Exhibitors & Sponsors

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.

ISW 2024

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 25-29 August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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ISW 2022

International Surgical Week ISW 2022,

15 - 18 August 2022, Vienna, Austria


Abstract volume

Congress impact report

Picture gallery


Awards and prizes

Travel scholar awards

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Virtual Surgical Week VSW 2021

Watch sessions



48th World Congress of Surgery WCS 2019, Krakow, Poland


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47th World Congress of Surgery WCS 2017, Basel, Switzerland 


46th World Congress of Surgery WCS 2015, Bangkok, Thailand


45th International Surgical Week ISW 2013, Helsinki, Finland


44th International Surgical Week ISW 2011, Yokohama, Japan

Listing of past congresses


Hosting a ISW Congress

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.

Bid information and documents to download


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:

  • First Announcements

  • 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/Scientific Sessions

  • Sponsored items (Congress Kits, Badge Lanyards, Food & Beverage, etc.)

  • Coffee Breaks

  • Internet Lounge

  • Exhibition Booths

  • 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.

Exhibition and Sponsors

Attendance and exhibition details of the recent congresses


YEAR             City, Country   Nr. of delegates  Exhibition m2

2022      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           850 m2

2013      45th Helsinki, Finland          2’050          350 m2

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

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