Welcome Letter

Dear Friends and Colleagues -

We are proud to invite you to the 12th World Congress on Endometriosis: Adding pieces to the puzzle of endometriosis, 30 April - 3 May 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.

WCE2014 will provide a unique opportunity of concentrating into a few days the updated knowledge, the biological findings, and the global research perspectives on a chronic, inflammatory condition afflicting millions of young women and adversely impacting on fertility and health-related quality of life.

The World Congress of Endometriosis has always been a scientific meeting heavily biased towards presentations by delegates, rather than invited speakers - and we currently have almost 1300 registered delegates!

This congress is for you and by you.

WCE2014 Scientific Programme 'at a glance'

WCE2014 Scientific Programme

Together we will be adding pieces to the puzzle of endometriosis through:

  • 6 pre-congress courses
  • 120 oral abstract presentations distributed over the 10 main seminars and 10 free communication sessions (addressing both clinical and scientific issues)
  • 7 keynote lectures
  • 3 industry-sponsored lunch symposia
  • 2 industry-sponsored breakfast symposia
  • 2 video sessions
  • 290 posters

There will be awards for the best clinical and the best scientific presentations by researchers under the age of 40, as well as a prize for the best video presentation.

We look forward to welcoming you to a memorable experience in the multi-cultural city of São Paulo. You can contact us any time for more information at WCE2014@tfigroup.com.

Sincerely,

Maurício Simões Abrão
President
12th World Congress on Endometriosis (WCE2014)

Paolo Vercellini
President
World Endometriosis Society

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A personal message from Mauricio Abrao:


Partner organisations:

Scientific Programme

Pre-congress courses:

Pre-congress courses will all take place on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

Main programme:

  • 120 oral abstracts distributed over the 10 main seminars and 10 free communication sessions (addressing both clinical and scientific issues)
  • 7 keynote lectures
  • 3 industry-sponsored lunch symposia
  • 2 industry-sponsored breakfast symposia
  • 2 video sessions
  • 290 posters

WCE2014 Scientific Programme 'at a glance'

WCE2014 Scientific Programme

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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the WCE2014 Congress Secretariat at WCE2014@tfigroup.com.

Organising Committees

Local Organising Committee

WCE2014 President

  • Mauricio Simoes ABRÃO

WCE2014 Vice President

  • Carlos Alberto PETTA

Scientific Programme Chair

  • Rui Alberto FERRIANI

Treasurer

  • Sergio PODGAEC

Secretary

  • Eduardo SCHOR

1st Secretary

  • Claudio CRISPI

Pre-congress Programme Chair

  • Luis Flavio FERNANDES

Social Programme Chair

  • Nicolau D’AMICO

International Scientific Committee

  • Hilary CRITCHLEY, United Kingdom
  • Joao Sabino CUNHA-FILHO, Brazil
  • Johannes EVERS, The Netherlands
  • Emilio FERNANDEZ, Chile
  • Linda GIUDICE, USA
  • Sun-Wei GUO, China
  • Bernard HÉDON, France
  • Lone HUMMELSHOJ, United Kingdom
  • Neil JOHNSON, New Zealand
  • Ludwig KIESEL, Germany
  • Alan LAM, Australia
  • Marco Aurelio PINHO DE OLIVEIRA, Brazil
  • Paulo Ayroza Galvão RIBEIRO, Brazil
  • Rishma PAI, India
  • Edgardo ROLLA, Argentina
  • Luk ROMBAUTS, Australia
  • Kathy SHARPE-TIMMS, USA
  • Robert TAYLOR, USA
  • Paolo VERCELLINI, Italy

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The World Congresses on Endometriosis (WCE) are not able to take place without the supporting partnership from sponsors and exhibitors. We are very appreciative of this ongoing support and collaboration, which is helping us to add pieces to the jigsaw puzzle that is endometriosis!

Thank you to



If you are interested in sponsoring WCE2014, or exhibiting at the congress, please contact the World Endometriosis Society at wce2014@endometriosis.ca for further details.


Registration

Key milestones

  • Late registration applies from 14 April 2014 onwards

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A personal message from WCE2014 President Mauricio Abrao:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the WCE2014 Congress Secretariat at WCE2014@tfigroup.com.

Accommodation

Sao Paulo-based Levitatur is handling accommodation for WCE2014. Rooms have been secured in a variety of suitable hotels all situated close to the congress venue.

Click here to view the WCE2014 list of hotels and book your accommodation.

If you have a query please contact Levitatur directly at eventos4@levitatur.com.br

Telephone:
+55 11 2090-0970 (08.30 - 19.00 BRT)
+55 11 7904-3416 (Out of office hours)

For additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact the WCE2014 Congress Secretariat at WCE2014@tfigroup.com.

General Information

São Paulo is the financial centre of Brazil and the biggest city in South America. It is a sophisticated place, with excellent and on time services. The variety of hotels, restaurants, and bars is just amazing and equal to the most famous cities in the world.

Experiencing São Paulo confirms that "seeing is believing!"

WCE2014 Venue

World Trade Centre São Paulo
Av. das Nações Unidas 12551
Brooklin Novo
São Paulo, 04578-903
Brazil


oneworld® is the official airline alliance of WCE2014

oneworld® brings together 13 leading airlines from around the world: airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, and S7 Airlines. Together with around 30 affiliate members, oneworld’s expanding network currently serves almost 900 destinations in 150 countries.

Click here to access online booking with oneworld
or
→ enter event code OW76A14 via this website: www.oneworld.com/events


Useful information


Car rentals

Rental cars, with or without a driver, are available for tourists at the main airports and in city centres. Tourists with a foreign driver’s license are authorised to drive in Brazil when their stay is less than 180 days.

Currency

The currency in Brazil is the Real (R$). (US$ 1.00 is about R$2.3). Dollars and Euros can easily be exchanged at hotels, authorised banks, and travel agencies. International credit cards are generally accepted.

Flights

São Paulo offers the greatest number of flights in Brazil, so it is possible to go from this exhilarating city to anywhere in the country: easily and quickly. Do allow for enough transfer time, however, due to heavy traffic; to get to/from the airport in time for your meetings we recommend that you allow at least two hours each way.

Language

Portuguese is the national language. English and Spanish are widely spoken within tourist areas, including São Paulo.

All presentations at the congress will be in English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Time zone

The official time in Brazil is 3 hours behind GMT (Zulu).

Tipping

Most restaurants and bars include a 10% service charge in the bill. When it is not included in the bill, the general rule is a tip of between 10% and 15%. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.

VISAs and Passports

An entry visa is not required for holders of passports from European or South American countries. As a matter of reciprocity, a VISA is required for travellers from most other countries. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the planned date of arrival in Brazil.

Click here for a list of VISA requirements for individual countries.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the WCE2014 Congress Secretariat at WCE2014@tfigroup.com.

Pre/Post-Congress Adventures

Brazil is the biggest country in Latin America and its nature is known as one of the most beautiful in the world.

In fact, Brazil has been named by Lonely Planet as the number one of the top ten destinations for 2014.

Each one of Brazil's five regions offers outstanding and diversified experiences such as the Amazon forest, with an unparalleled wealth of fauna and flora; paradise beaches along the coastline; highlands such as the Chapada Diamantina that displays exuberant landscapes; and the extraordinary Foz Du Iguaçu falls.

The cultural diversity is also a great reason to visit the country. The mix of afro, indigenous, and European inheritance has made Brazil a producer of irresistible rhythms and dances, such as the Rio de Janeiro samba. The friendly attitude of the people is famous and is one of the most attractive features of the country.

Consider how you (and your family) can extend your visit in connection with WCE2014 and experience the country ...be that for a few days, or a few weeks.

Local travel agent, Levitatur, has put together special tours for WCE2014 delegates, including trips to Chapata Diamantina, Manaus, Foz Du Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Recife.

More information about excursions around Brazil


You may also take advantage of exploring Sao Paulo with tours to the famous soccer museum, the Art Museum of Sao Paulo (MASP), famous architecture, luxury shopping, and the city by night!

More information about customised tours of Sao Paulo

The only limit for adventure is your imagination!

See also Tourism Brazil.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed. We received 504 abstracts of very high scientific quality. These have been peer reviewed by blinding by members of the international scientific committee, and all submitters have been notified.

Please note instructions to presenters below:

Poster presentations

All posters must be in English. Poster dimensions are: width = 90cm | height = 120cm. Posters will be mounted either using a thread (to be hung on two hooks) or with double-sided tape. These will be provided for you. Please do not laminate your poster or use heavy materials as this can cause the poster to fall down.

It will be possible to hang your poster from 08.00 on 1 May 2014, and all posters must be hung before the poster reception on Thursday 1 May 2014 at 17.30. Posters should not be removed until Saturday 3 May. Any posters not removed by noon on the Saturday will be destroyed.

Please be present at your poster during the two poster receptions on Thursday 1 May and Friday 2 May at 17.30 - 18.30 to present your work.

If you wish to have your poster printed in Brazil it is possible through:

Alphagraphics
Contact person: Angela or Liliane
E-mail: angela@alphagraphics.com.br / lvieira@alphagraphics.com.br
Phone: 55 11 5105-5696

Oral presentations

All presentations and slides must be in English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Bearing in mind this is a congress devoted entirely to endometriosis please keep introductory slides on the disease to a minimum.

Any video clips must be saved in .wmv format and a separate video file must also be submitted in case it needs to be re-embedded into the final version.

A countdown clock will be located on the lectern to advise you of how much time you have left for your presentation.

All presentations must be in MS PowerPoint and should be handed into the speaker preview room no later than 3 hours before your presentation is due to take place. If your presentation is first thing in the morning, please ensure your powerpoint is delivered to the pre-view room the night before. Mac users should ensure their presentation is compatible with PowerPoint.

It will not be possible to submit your slides in the room where you are presenting and it will not be possible to use your own computer!

The Speaker Preview Room is located in Salvador 1 on Level C of the World Trade Centre and is open as follows:
Wednesday 30 April 2014 07.00 – 19.00
Thursday 1 May 2014 06.00 – 18.00
Friday 2 May 2014 06.30 – 18.00
Saturday 3 May 2014 07.30 – 15.30

Please endeavour to be in the meeting room where you are presenting at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Video presentations

All presentations must be in English, and your video should be no more than 8 minutes long and must be saved in .wmv format. A countdown clock will be located on the lectern to advise you of how much time you have left for your presentation. An additional two minutes have been allowed for questions and answers.

It will not be possible to submit your slides in the room where you are presenting and it will not be possible to use your own computer!

The Speaker Preview Room is located in Salvador 1 on Level C of the World Trade Centre and is open as follows:
Wednesday 30 April 2014 07.00 – 19.00
Thursday 1 May 2014 06.00 – 18.00
Friday 2 May 2014 06.30 – 18.00
Saturday 3 May 2014 07.30 – 15.30

Please endeavour to be in the meeting room where you are presenting at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.

WCE2014 Scientific Programme

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the WCE2014 Congress Secretariat at WCE2014@tfigroup.com.