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

- and, I am inviting you to turn over that leaf at the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis.

The World Congress on Endometriosis is a unique opportunity for all of us who share a passion for understanding this condition to find better solutions for women with the disease. From basic scientists to clinicians, from surgeons to allied health care professionals and patients; this forum allows all of us to expand our knowledge and to challenge our current beliefs.

Turning over a new leaf means opening our minds to new possibilities, looking at things from a different perspective, and addressing challenges from a different angle, so that we can find ways of integrating our diverse perspectives and interventions with the goal of finding better solutions for women with endometriosis!

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

Let Vancouver inspire you. See you in May 2017!


Catherine Allaire
13th World Congress on Endometriosis

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Scientific Programme

Details about the scientific programme will be revealed during the first half of 2016, but topics will 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)

Watch this space!

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 women with the disease and representatives of patient support organisations, clinicians, scientists, nurses, allied health professionals: anyone who wishes to contribute to moving the field of endometriosis forward should register to be part of the largest global event on endometriosis!

Early bird registration will open shortly.


Accommodation options will be available in the upcoming weeks.

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.

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 9 October 2016

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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 20MB and can be submitted in the following formats: .mpeg, .mov, .mpg, .mp4, .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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