The engine of the Brazilian economy, birthplace of so many famous race car drivers that São Paulo traffic must be in a league of its own: Rubens Barichello, Emerson Fittipaldi, Felipe Massa, Carlos Pace, Ayrton Senna. But also the city of the bossa nova and samba music.
After long deliberations and extensive contemplation the WES board has decided that São Paulo will be the venue for WCE2014, 3 – 6 September 2014.
One of the reasons is that we wish to honour the many contributions of Brazilian scientists and clinicians to our tri-annual World Congresses on Endometriosis, and to the global scientific database on endometriosis knowledge in general.
Deciding on the venue for the 12th World Congress on Endometriosis in 2014 was not easy for the WES board of trustees. Extremely fine and professional bids were received, and it took the board several months of deliberations and re-submissions of proposals to finally determine the venue for WCE2014.
The WES board would like to thank all of those, who submitted bids, for their time and patience, whilst it evaluated and deliberated on the venues proposed. The quality of the bids received emphasised the focus we now see on endometriosis – and the commitment of so many physicians who wish to make a difference to enhance science in this field. Thank you!
Professor Mauricio Abrao, who headed up the team which successfully proposed São Paulo as the venue for the 12th World Congress on Endometriosis in 2014 said:
“We are honoured to have the opportunity to host WCE2014 in Brazil., and are excited about the prospect of hosting our colleagues in our country”.
And rightfully so: Brazilian gynaecologists and scientists have been very involved in carrying out research in the field of endometriosis for a number years, and have contributed significantly to previous WCEs: in Maastricht in 2005, Brazil submitted the largest number of abstracts, and in 2008, in Melbourne, it was second only to the host country in terms of the number of participants of the meeting. Furthermore, they are extremely active in national awareness activities.
Professor Abrao’s vision for the meeting in 2014 is to focus on science: “adding pieces to the puzzle of endometriosis” – in a warm and friendly environment.
“The Brazilian city of São Paulo has all the facilities required to host WCE2014, including a wide range of hotels, a rich cultural life, fantastic cuisines, easy access by an efficient transport system, and a modern convention centre which will cater to all of our needs! Besides, in June of 2014 Brazil will also host the FIFA soccer World Cup, which will result in a substantial upgrade of the general infra-structure of the country, including attention to general security”.