Belgian Week of Gastroenterology

  • BWGE 2020

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,

    It is our pleasure to announce the 32nd edition of the BWGE that will take place on March 04-06, 2020 at the Hilton Hotel in Antwerp.

    We are pleased we can offer you once again a variety of high quality scientific meetings combining the presentation of cutting-edge research performed at our belgian institutions as well as state-of-the-art lectures by renowned experts on a wide range of topics, relevant to our field and its various subdisciplines.

    Besides these scientific sections that constitute the backbone of the congress for many years, the BWGE 2020 offers a lot of other attractive sessions and activities!

    As for the latest edition, the program starts already on Wednesday March 4 with a brand new initiative: the BWGE Postgraduate Course. The speakers of the PGC will focus on new diagnostic and therapeutic insights into a specific gastrointestinal disorder with direct impact on daily clinical practice. The program is oriented towards clinical gastroenterologists, fellows and trainees and is part of a 3-year postgraduate program covering all fields and updates in our specialty. This PGC hence fits well within the aim of the BWGE: bringing together clinicians and researchers in a stimulating meeting.

    We also invite you to attend the satellite symposia, organized by some of our sponsors, featuring top-experts for exciting talks or panel discussions

    Posters will be permanently displayed on interactive screens in the exhibition hall. Some of the best posters will be discussed during lunchtime in a separate area in the exhibition hall. We encourage you to attend these sessions and support our young researchers.

    As our professional landscape and the world around us are constantly evolving, the BWGE also evolves to remain at the frontline of meetings where we can share knowledge and experience. In collaboration with the many scientific societies that constitute our Steering Committee, we are working hard to put together a program that is both innovative and respects the tradition that made this conference the number One meeting in gastroenterology and hepatology in Belgium.

    This year’s ultrasound course on Wednesday covers basic abdominal ultrasonography, with the possibility to train on healthy volunteers.

    The Belgian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy organises for the third time a live endoscopy session, scheduled on Friday morning as part of the PGC, followed in the afternoon by the session of the Working Group of Proctology, launched last year, which has again an exciting clinical program to offer.

    The Young Belgian Association for the Study of the Liver participates with an ethics and economy-accredited scientific session on Wednesday afternoon.

    During the Interactive Case Report Session on Thursday morning, interesting and rare cases will be discussed and commented on.

    Do not forget to join us for the Welcome drink on Wednesday end of the day in the congress exhibition hall and the award ceremony and evening party on Thursday evening at the Felix Pakhuis!

    We hope you will enjoy a stimulating scientific meeting!


    Prof. Dr. Sven Francque and Prof. Dr. Isabelle Colle
    Scientific Coordinators

    If you are a sports enthousiast, make sure to check out the JOGGING / WALKING event, organized by PFIZER.

    Download our preprogramme leaflet which contains the highlights of this edition

    We also have a lot of interesting symposia, organised by some of our valued partners.

    • TAKEDA: The gut-selective mechanism of action of vedolizumab (pdf)
    • PFIZER: Controlling Ulcerative Colitis in 2020: the doctors’ and patients’ perspectives (pdf)
    • EISAI/MSD: REFLECTing on a new treatment in unresectable and/or advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (pdf)
    • BAYER: Decision making in the jungle of therapies for advanced HCC : an evidence based approach (pdf)
    • BIOGEN: Biosimilars: a fuel to innovation (pdf)
    • JANSSEN: Will Treat-to-Target with early endoscopic assessment lead to better outcomes? (Preliminary) answers from the STARDUST trial of ustekinumab in Crohn’s disease (pdf)
    • GILEAD: The countdown towards HEP C elimination has started! (pdf)
    • ALNYLAM: The right diagnosis is the only way out. Unravel the cause of unexplained, severe abdominal pain. (pdf)
    • ELI LILLY: Lightning talks on aHCC – Addressing the gaps & looking ahead. (pdf)

    Platinum Partners

    Biogen Idec LogoGilead LogoJanssen Logo

    Gold Partners

    AbbVie LogoBayer_LogoEli Lilly LogoMSD LogoMylan LogoPentax Medical LogoPfizer LogoTakeda Logo

    Silver Partners

    ACTA Gastroenterologica (link)
    Alnylam Benelux LogoBoston Scientific LogoEisaiNorgine LogoOlympus LogoONIS Medical LogoReckitt LogoSandoz LogoServier Logo