Welcome Letter

We must turn over a new leaf in endometriosis to find solutions!

I am inviting you to "turn over a new leaf" at the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis in Vancouver, Canada.

To be part of this exciting event submit an abstract to share YOUR work in endometriosis. WCE2017 is all about presenting the latest progress in endometriosis.

Here's YOUR opportunity to contribute!

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The World Congress on Endometriosis invites well-known experts to share their wisdom, but the majority of the plenary sessions are abstract driven and feature those who may be newer investigators, but who are actively contributing to our understanding of endometriosis. Those >100 plenary presentations, based on the quality of abstracts submitted, are what make our congress unique.

The World Congress on Endometriosis is the only congress in the world where no leaf is left unturned, where leading edge hypotheses are presented, where novel ideas are shared - where everyone who wants to find better solutions for women with endometriosis come together.

Our organising committee has assembled an exciting programme covering topics ranging from pathogenesis, genetics/epigenetics, precision medicine, and co-morbidities, to diagnosis, reproductive outcomes and pain physiology.

We will explore together the latest developments in basic science, surgery, medical treatments, and complementary therapies that may improve the quality of life of women with endometriosis. We also offer pre-congress courses to facilitate advanced skill development in the surgical treatment of endometriosis, management of pelvic pain, infertility, imaging, and a special session for allied health professionals. The World Congress of Endometriosis offers a unique opportunity to open our minds to new ideas and integrate our diverse perspectives to find better solutions.

There is no better place to do this than in Vancouver. In this stunning city you will find a culture of health, wholeness, and balance that promotes an integrative approach and solution to problems.

And, most importantly: you'll find everyone in Vancouver in 2017 who are striving to move the field of endometriosis forward!

See you in May 2017!


Catherine Allaire
13th World Congress on Endometriosis

Scientific Programme

The WCE2017 scientific programme, and its pre-congress courses, will include lectures on:

  • Adenomyosis
  • Comorbidities (incl. cancer)
  • Complementary therapies
  • Diagnosis and screening
  • Endometrium
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics (incl. epigenetics and hereditary factors)
  • Immunology
  • Infertility/ART
  • Medical treatment
  • Pain (incl. pain mechanisms)
  • Pathogenesis/aetiology
  • Prevention
  • Quality of life
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Stem cells
  • Surgical treatment
  • Surgical videos (maximum 7.5 minutes long)

WCE2017 is an abstract-driven meeting, which provides YOU with an opportunity to be featured in the scientific programme:

Preliminary programme


Opening Ceremony

When celebrity culture and science clash

CaulfieldProfessor Timothy Caulfield will deliver the keynote lecture at the opening ceremony of the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis. In this fun and provocative presentation he will examine what science tells us about the influence of popular culture. He will address common health myths and provide practical, evidence-based, recommendations relevant to both healthcare professionals and to individuals seeking to live a healthy lifestyle.

Professor Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector—from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine—for the benefit of the public and decision-makers.

Professor Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He has been the Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta since 1993, and has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have allowed him to publish over 300 articles and book chapters. He is and has been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees.

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Organising Committees

WCE2017 President

  • Catherine Allaire, Canada

Scientific Committee

  • Mohamed Bedaiwy, Canada (chair)
  • G David Adamson, USA
  • Vibeke Amelung, Denmark
  • Serdar Bulun, USA
  • Robert Casper, Canada
  • Hilary Critchley, United Kingdom
  • Warren Foster, Canada
  • Linda Giudice, USA
  • Victor Gomel, Canada
  • Sun-Wei Guo, China
  • Lone Hummelshoj, United Kingdom
  • Neil Johnson, New Zealand
  • Ludwig Kiesel, Germany
  • Alan Lam, Australia
  • Nicholas Leyland, Canada
  • Stacey Missmer, USA
  • Rishma Pai, India
  • Luk Rombauts, Australia
  • Robert Taylor, USA
  • Artin Ternamien, Canada
  • Kathy Timms, USA
  • Togas Tulandi, Canada
  • Paolo Vercellini, Italy

Pre-congress Course Committee

  • Sony Singh, Canada (chair)
  • Tommaso Falcone, USA
  • Madeleine Lemyre, Canada
  • Ceana Nezhat, USA
  • George Vilos, Canada
  • Paul Yong, Canada

Social Committee

  • Christina Williams, Canada (chair)
  • Mina Wesa, Canada
  • Neeraj Mehra, Canada

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The World Congresses on Endometriosis (WCE) are made possible because of our longstanding partnerships with sponsors and exhibitors. The World Endometriosis Society (WES) is appreciative of this ongoing support and collaboration, which enables us to move the field of endometriosis forward together.

Why sponsor the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis?

  • Outstanding access to the key international experts in the clinical management and scientific research of endometriosis, adenomyosis, and other uterine disorders
  • Extensive global marketing visibility to >1300 delegates
  • Ongoing website visibility with a direct link to your website
  • Strategic on-site visibility and high impact on-site exhibition spots with maximum exposure
  • Opportunity to identify cutting edge topical issues: clinical, pre-clinical, and R&D
  • Establish relationships with the current and future leaders in the field of endometriosis, adenomyosis, and other uterine disorders

If you are interested in supporting WCE2017 and/or exhibiting at the congress, please contact Lone Hummelshoj at the World Endometriosis Society for further details.

We acknowledge the support of the following collaborators:


WCE2017 is open for all stakeholders in endometriosis, including:

  • Those who treat women with endometriosis
  • Those who research endometriosis
  • Those who have endometriosis
  • Those who support women with endometriosis

Anyone, who wishes to contribute to moving the field of endometriosis forward, should register to be part of the largest global event on endometriosis! Together we will turn a leaf and move this field forward.

Early bird registration is now open.


Letter of Invitation for a Visa

An official letter of invitation to obtain a visa and authorisation to attend the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis (WCE2017) will be issued ONLY after a completed registration form and full payment have been received along with proof of accommodation booked during the congress dates.

Proof of Status

Trainee: Letter from supervisor.
Allied health: Letter from hospital or health care professional license number.
Medical student: Letter from supervisor/head of lab/institution or student ID card.
Support organisation: Must be pre-approved (please email the Congress Secretariat at WCE2017-Registration at icsevents.com to request approval.
Advocate: Note from doctor confirming status as a current or past patient.

An advocate for WCE 2017 is an individual who is currently suffering or has suffered from endometriosis. Due to conflict of interest, advocates will not be permitted to attend industry supported symposia.

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations received in writing at the WCE2017 Congress Secretariat's address before 17 April 2017 will be accepted and all fees refunded, less a 100 USD administrative fee (as per Committee policy). Cancellations received on or after 17 April 2017 will not be refunded; however, transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. This can be done by re-accessing your registration.

In the unlikely event that the congress is cancelled, travel and accommodation costs will not be refunded.


If you have any questions, please contact the Congress Secretariat at WCE2017-Registration at icsevents.com.


You can book your accommodation at the same time as when you register for WCE2017.

The Congress Secretariat (International Conference Services Ltd.) is the official Housing Bureau for the WCE2017 and will offer assistance with the coordination of housing requirements for the Congress. Special room rates have been negotiated and are available to Congress delegates only.

The success of WCE2017 depends on delegates, sponsors and exhibitors using the official Congress hotels by booking through the official housing bureau. The Congress cannot meet its contracted room obligations if delegates reserve rooms outside the official hotels. Rooms that are not filled because of this create an expense for the Congress in the form of financial penalties (attrition fees) and place the financial success of the Congress at risk. This risk increases with each delegate who stays outside the Congress hotels or books the hotel through channels other than the official housing bureau.

WARNING: Housing Piracy
Please be aware that you may receive phone calls or emails from organisations who will claim to be calling on behalf of WCE2017 and will offer discounted hotel rates to congress delegates in Vancouver, Canada. They will request a contract and payment information from you to take advantage of their alleged discounts.

These companies are NOT affiliated with WCE2017 and you should not, under any circumstances, provide them with your payment information.

A DISCOUNT OF USD90.00 will be given on full registration fees if a hotel room is booked through the official WCE2017 Housing Bureau at the time of registration. Click here for full registration rates.

Contracted properties for WCE2017

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If you are an invited faculty, you will need your group code to book into the speaker sub block.


Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver (Congress Headquarters) showcases the best of Vancouver. Conveniently situated beside the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal and adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre, the luxury hotel has a central harbour location ideal for any stay. 100% non smoking hotel.

Rates starting at: CAD 269.00

Pan Pacific Vancouver

The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is uniquely located atop Canada Place at the heart of Vancouver’s downtown waterfront. With the iconic five sails rising above the Alaska cruise ship terminal and the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific is an unparalleled downtown luxury hotel destination, with sweeping views of the Coastal Mountains, Coal Harbour and Vancouver’s city skyline.

Rates starting at: CAD 265.00

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel presents 30 storeys of relaxed urban luxury. The natural charms and cosmopolitan airs of downtown Vancouver are reflected in the design of the luxury hotel's inviting atmosphere. 100% Smoking Free Hotel.

Rates starting at: CAD 245.00

Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Setting the standard for Vancouver luxury hotels downtown, Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel has been uniquely transformed, offering stylish guest rooms reflective of the city's spirit. Residing on the waterfront, the Renaissance is only minutes away from the Vancouver Convention Centre, historic Gastown and Stanley Park. 100% non smoking hotel.

Rates starting at: CAD 229.00

Le Soleil Vancouver

A four-diamond property (AAA) since it opened its doors in 1999, the Executive Hotel Le Soleil has been recognized as one of the top 25 luxury hotels in Canada. Designed to reflect stylish sophistication and the warmth of old world elegance, the inspiration for the design came from luminary hotels; the Savoy in London and Le Crillon in Paris. The hotel is locally owned and operated.

Rates starting at: CAD 229.00

The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel

Ranked Top 10 with TripAdvisor, this contemporary hotel is located in downtown Vancouver's Coal Harbour District and offers views of the North Shore Mountains. The popular shops on Robson Street are within a 10-minute walk of the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel and the Vancouver Convention Center is 5 minutes away on foot. 100% non smoking hotel.

Rates starting at: CAD 219.00

Delta Vancouver Suite

Our all-suite hotel in downtown Vancouver puts you at the heart of the city’s plentiful entertainment, business and transportation offerings. The property lies a block from the Canada Line rail system and within walking distance of art galleries, theatres, Stanley Park, Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium. Perfect for business travellers, our hotel is also minutes from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the city’s central business district and government offices.

Rates starting at: CAD 219.00

The St. Regis Hotel

Perfectly located in the centre of downtown Vancouver, the St. Regis Hotel is the city's best choice for award-winning service and cosmopolitan boutique accommodations. The 1913 heritage hotel just reopened after an $11 million renovation offering unmatched value with industry-leading range of complimentary amenities that include Full American Breakfast. 100% non smoking hotel.

Rates starting at: CAD 209.00

Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown

The Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown features all the amenities needed to make your stay comfortable and productive. Featuring studio suites with separate living and sleeping areas along with fully-equipped kitchens for all the comforts of home, complimentary amenities include Wi-Fi throughout the property for easy connectivity, a hot breakfast served daily, grocery shopping service, an impressive fitness center and atrium pool. Its location is convenient to the Convention Centre, Yaletown, vibrant dining and world-class shopping.

Rates starting at: CAD 205.00

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver — a Vancouver luxury hotel with a superb downtown address and at the same time positioned against a serene mountain backdrop. The downtown Vancouver hotel’s convenient locaion is surrounded by all the pleasures and excitement that one of Canada’s finest cities has to offer, whether you come for business or pleasure.

Rates starting at: CAD 200.00

Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver

The Ramada Limited Downtown dates back to 1913 when it opened as one of Vancouver's very finest hostelries. The hotel is known for its friendly staff, clean and quite rooms. 100% non-smoking hotel.

Rates starting at: CAD 179.00

Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie

The Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie is an all-suite property and ideal for families or extended stays. All 198 one-bedroom suites have step-out balconies, kitchens with refrigerator, microwave oven, stove and dishwasher. Situated in the picturesque neighborhood of the West End, Sandman Suites stands amid the shops, cafes and restaurants on Davie and overlooks English Bay, providing breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains.

Rates starting at: CAD 179.00

Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

Centered in Vancouver’s theatre district, the Sandman Vancouver City Centre is within walking distance to Vancouver’s famous shopping on Robson Street and to the multitude of restaurants and nightlife Vancouver is known for. Aside from the perfect location, the hotel has everything to make your stay an experience to remember.

Rates starting at: CAD 169.00

Days Inn Vancouver Downtown

The Days Inn Vancouver Downtown is a full service hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city’s financial district. You will have immediate access to many of the City’s hot spots and tourist sites. Only minutes from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the luxury shopping of Robson Street and Chinatown. 100% non-smoking hotel.

Rates starting at: CAD 165.00

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

The family-owned and operated Century Plaza Hotel & Spa provides guests with a home-away-from-home ambience in the centre of downtown Vancouver. This all-suite hotel features a full service spa, 24 hour fitness centre, large indoor pool and steam room, restaurant and lounge. All suites include a kitchen or kitchenette, microwave and refrigerator.

Rates starting at: CAD 159.00

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If you have any questions, please contact the WCE2017 Congress Secretariat at WCE2017-Registration at icsevents.com.

General Information

Nestled between a rainforest, majestic mountains, and the Pacific Ocean on Canada’s West Coast, Vancouver is an unexpected jewel. Sophisticated, vibrant, and breathtaking, Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Canada is known for our people's friendly nature, and Vancouver's citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets - day or night, all year round. Catering to any interest throughout the year, you can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights and attractions - it's all waiting for you in Vancouver.

With quick and easy access to Whistler Resort, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island and, of course, endless year round water and land sports, whether extreme sport or family fun, find your personal adventure in Vancouver. A vast multicultural population, endless activities, and excellent infrastructure, Vancouver is welcoming to all.

WCE2017 Venue

Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

Useful information

Transport from the airport

Vancouver International Airport is located 8 miles (13 km) from the congress venue. Taxis and car rentals are readily available at Vancouver International Airport and the journey will take 30-40 minutes (longer during peak traffic hours) and will cost CAD 30-40.

The Canada Line is a completely automated commuter rail system which offers direct and efficient service between the airport and downtown Vancouver. Congress delegates can take the Canada Line directly from the airport (YVR Station) to downtown (Waterfront Station). The train ride takes 25 minutes. Waterfront Station is conveniently connected to the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Public Transport around Vancouver

Vancouver's public transport network allows easy travel around the city - it includes buses, rapid transit systems (SkyTrain and Canada Line), as well as sea buses and water ferries. Taxis can also be easily hailed from the street. All taxis in Vancouver are safe, clean, efficient and metered by law.


The Canadian Dollar (CAD) is the official currency in Canada. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants.

Canadian one dollar coin (“loonie”) ($) = 100 cents
Canadian two dollar coin (“toonie”) ($) = 200 cents
Notes are in denominations of $1000, $100, $50, $20, $10, $5
Coins are in denominations of $2, $1, $0.50, $0.25, $0.10, $0.05

Many tourist-friendly businesses choose to accept American currency as a courtesy to American visitors, but US dollars are legally a foreign currency in Canada, not a secondary currency. Businesses that choose to accept US dollars choose their own exchange rate, and they will only give back change in Canadian dollars.

Machines where you have to insert coins or bills including vending machines, laundry machines, pay phones, public transit ticket machines, parking meters, etc. will only accept Canadian dollars or coins.


Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s second busiest airport, welcoming over 17 million passengers a year. Over 62 airlines operate out of YVR, connecting people and businesses to over 100 destinations around the world. YVR is easily accessible to Greater Vancouver by public transportation, shuttle, taxi and car.

For detailed information on the airport facilities and transportation, please refer to their website at www.yvr.ca for further details.


All presentations at WCE2017 will be in English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Time zone

Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8).


Restaurant tipping is left to the customer’s discretion, but the customary amount is 10%-15%. Many restaurants automatically add a tip or gratuity (up to 18%) to the bill for groups larger than 6 people. It is also customary to tip bell service for luggage handling, housekeeping, and taxi drivers.

Visas and passports

To visit Canada, you must have a valid travel document, such as a passport. Passports should be valid for at least six months after the planned date of arrival in Canada.

Citizens of some countries and territories need a visa to visit Canada. Visit the Government of Canada website to find out if you need a visa by clicking here

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the WCE2017 Congress Secretariat for further details

Pre/Post-Congress Adventures

Bring your family to WCE2017 - and let Vancouver inspire you!

Vancouver is a fresh, vibrant, progressive city. In Vancouver you will find a culture of health, wholeness, and balance that promotes an integrative approach to life balance. Here are some ideas of how to spend time in Vancouver either before or after WCE2017.

Whale watching

Each year from March to October, thousands of whales migrate through the waters near Vancouver, making it one of the world’s best locations for prime whale watching. Many varieties of whales pass through these northern waterways, including humpback whales (shown), orcas, gray whales and minke whales.

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Northwest Pacific Rainforest

Just outside of downtown Vancouver you can discover the fascinating ecosystem of the Northwest Pacific Rainforest. Experience the rainforest with your senses - see, smell and hear the genuine and unique ecosystem.

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Grouse Mountain

Board the Skyride for a breathtaking ascent to the top of Grouse Mountain. At the top, enjoy the “Theatre in the Sky”, visit the refuge for endangered wildlife or simply roam around taking in the spectacular views over Vancouver.

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For more inspiration and information please visit Tourism Vancouver

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission for WCE2017 is open with a submission deadline of 13 October 2016 23.55 PDT

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Topics against which abstracts can be submitted include:

  • Adenomyosis
  • Comorbidities (incl. cancer)
  • Complementary therapies
  • Diagnosis and screening
  • Endometrium
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics (incl. epigenetics and hereditary factors)
  • Immunology
  • Infertility/ART
  • Medical treatment
  • Pain (incl. pain mechanisms)
  • Pathogenesis/aetiology
  • Prevention
  • Quality of life
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Stem cells
  • Surgical treatment
  • Surgical videos (maximum 7.5 minutes long)

Guidelines for abstract submission to the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis:

  • All abstracts and videos must be submitted electronically via the WES abstract/video submission site, and not by fax or email.
  • The abstract must contain original work, not published nor presented at a meeting of another national or international scientific organisation
  • Authors’ details must be listed as 'first name' 'last name' (ie. Jane Smith)
  • Abstracts may have a maximum of six authors. The submitting author is the presenting author, who should be listed first.
  • Please use the same author information for every abstract on which an author appears (ie. an author can submit multiple abstracts to WCE2017).
  • Do not identify individuals in the title or abstract body. Doing so will result in the abstract being disqualified.
  • Abbreviations used in abstracts must be defined. Abbreviations are permitted in titles if they immediately follow the term being abbreviated and are enclosed in parentheses. If used in the text, abbreviations should be defined at first mention if not already defined in the title.
  • Generic names must be used for pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. The trade name of the particular product used in a study may be included in parentheses the first time the product is referenced. The trade name may be used if the product is the only one of its general type and use of the generic name would encumber the reader.
  • Tables/figures/images will NOT be allowed in the abstract.
  • Videos must be no larger than 250MB and can be submitted in the following formats: .avi, .mpeg, .mov, .mpg, .wmv. They can be no longer than 7½ minutes long.
  • Abstracts must be approved or exempted by the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) with jurisdiction, or equivalent, if any human subjects or any human materials were utilised.
  • A disclosure of medically related commercial and financial relationships must be completed for each individual author.
  • Authors assume complete responsibility for the data at the time of submission.
  • All abstracts are to be submitted and presented in English only.
  • Notifications regarding acceptance/rejection will be emailed to the submitting author no later than 2 December 2016. If you do not receive notification of the status of your abstract by that date, please contact us at: WCE2017-Speakers at icsevents.com.
  • Accepted abstract presenters must register for the Congress by the abstract presenter registration deadline of 11 January 2016.

Structure of the abstract:

  • Title (maximum of 25 words)
  • Objective (maximum of 50 words)
  • Design (maximum of 50 words)
  • Materials and methods (maximum of 50 words)
  • Results (maximum of 125 words)
  • Conclusion (maximum of 50 words)
  • Keywords (maximum of 3)

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