The Scientific Programme Committee for Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai is now assembled and we are beginning to plan the core programme. As you may know, this meeting is being organised jointly by the Asian Pacific Digestive Week Federation (APDWF), Chinese Societies of Digestive Diseases (CSDD) and the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) in association with the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO). The congress will take place, 21-24 September 2013, at the Shanghai Expo Convention Center in Shanghai, China. I know that we will be able to rely on your support to help promote this meeting and to make it a premier presentation in global gastroenterology.
We plan to continue the highly successful "Working Parties" programme which has been a distinctive activity of previous world congresses and has resulted in the publication of important documents including the "Sydney Classification" and "The LA Grading System". We invite your organization to submit proposals for topics for consideration. These should represent areas in need of a new look or where real guidance is required on classification, diagnostic criteria or therapeutic strategies. Needless to say, Working Party topics which focus on key global issues in gastroenterology and hepatology will be of special interest.
Key selection criteria are as follows:
- Each Gastro 2013 partner, regional affiliated association and national member society can submit no more than two topics for consideration
- Topics submitted should have a global perspective focusing on topical issues in gastroenterology which, when addressed, will help change treatment and management protocols
- Members of the Working Party should include representatives from all zones
- Proposals should include the following:
2. Suggested Working Party Chair(s)
3. Suggested Working Party members
4. Justification for the selection of the proposed topic
5. Outline of Working Party strategy
6. Summary of expected outcome and impact
Each of the Working Parties selected will receive a limited budget (to be determined) with which to support meeting and communication costs. Attempts to minimise expenditure will be appreciated. Logistical support (that is, assistance with the booking of meeting rooms, etc.) will be provided for Working Parties wishing to meet during DDW and APDW.
The final deadline for submission of proposals is April 15, 2012. The selection of topics will be undertaken by the Scientific Programme Committee and approved by the Steering Committee.
We expect that as in the past, selected Working Party reports will be submitted for publication in a high-impact, peer review journal and published in a special supplement to e-WGN. The results may also be posted on the various participating society websites.
We strongly urge you to take up this invitation and present us with your ideas and suggestions by the required deadline date. Your contribution to the Working Party Programme of Gastro 2013 is crucial, and we look forward to receiving your proposals.
Professor Eamonn Quigley Professor Kentaro Sugano
Scientific Programme Committee Scientific Programme Committee
Cc: Gastro 2013 Steering Committee; Gastro 2013 Scientific Programme Committee; WGO Committee, Interest Group and Task Force Chairs