General Info

  • The 31th Belgian Week of Gastroenterology

    will be organized at: Hilton Hotel, Antwerp from Wednesday February 20 to Friday February 22, 2018.

    Invited Lectures will be proposed by the
    BASL/BLIC, IBS, BSGIE, Digestive Pathology, Paediatrics, Radiology/Nuclear Medicine, BGDO, GIREM, Nutrition and Pancreas.


    CME credits will be provided by online submission to the registered delegates who have attended the sessions. The file from the online accreditation registrations will be sent to the INAMI/ RIZIV end of March 2019.


    Dutch, French and English. English (British spelling) for abstracts, slides and announcements. As proposed at the Steering Committee of 1995, Belgian Authors may present their original papers at the Plenary Session in their mother tongue.


    We have the tradition of hosting a dinner and party each year. This will be held on Thursday February 21st, 2019.


    The BSGIE organises a scientific session on Thursday afternoon and a live endoscopy session with live transmission from selected Endoscopy Units on Friday morning.


    The BWGE welcomes for the second time a session on Proctology that will be organized on Friday afternoon.


    Selected posters will be exposed electronically on several screens in the exhibition area. Two e-poster sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday during the coffee breaks. The best posters will be presented and discussed during specific oral poster sessions as indicated in the program.

    Two Best Poster Awards of €250 will be offered during the the AwardCeremony on Friday.


    Two hands-on ultrasound sessions with phantoms of pathology in gastroenterology and hepatology will be organized. On these phantoms, ultrasound images are generated as on your own ultrasound machines. The aim of these 2 sessions is to give gastroenterologists and trainees the opportunity to get experienced in abdominal ultrasound of less frequently encountered abnormalities. More information on these sessions can be found here. A separate registration is required and the number of attendees is limited on a first come/first served basis.


    An interactive case report session will be organized on Thursday morning, offering the opportunity to present and discuss rare cases.


    The Belgian Week awards 3 basic or clinical research grants of €2.500 to young researchers.

    The Belgian Week offers 4 travel grants of €750 + free income for foreign researchers of whom an abstract has been accepted for oral presentation.

    Further information on these grants and the application modalities can be found on the research grants page and the travel grants page.

    ACTA Gastroenterologica awards a grant of 2.500€ to best 2018 publication.

    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS / CASES and Guidelines

    Abstract can be submitted electronically via the website.The submission opened October 1st, 2018. The deadline for abstract submission is December 1st 2018 at midnight.

    The abstracts will be selected by the selection committee of each research group for oral or poster presentation. All abstracts will be scored anonymously, based on originality and scientific value.

    The results of the selection will be communicated to the submitting authors by the end of December 2018.

    Abstract Guidelines

    Upon abstract submission authors will have to choose the research group where the abstract fits the best. Abstracts can be sent to the following research groups:

    • BIRD
    • BSGIE
    • Digestive Pathology
    • BeSPGHAN
    • Radiology/Nuclear Medicine
    • BGDO
    • GIREM
    • Nutrition and Pancreas(BPC)
    • Proctology

    Abstracts need to be written in English (British spelling).

    Each abstract which is not a case report contains the following segments:

    • Title (max 300 characters)
    • Introduction
    • Aim
    • Methods
    • Results

    Each abstract which is a case report contains the following:

    • Title (max 300 characters)
    • Results

    The abstract (or case report) text should contain no more than 700 words in total.

    You will be asked to enter about each author their name, institution, city and country. Do not use abbreviations in the first or last name. Do not enter titles and degrees. Also state the order in which they should appear on the abstract. The webpage will help you to define this.

    Registration to the congress is mandatory to be able to present the abstract (poster or oral presentation).

    It is not possible to add images, video, tables or bullet points or to highlight specific parts of the abstract. All content should be in plain text.

    Abstracts which are entered on the website can easily be updated before the abstract submission deadline. We highly encourage you to enter them as soon as possible to avoid last minute problems. Only the last version of the abstract is sent to the selection committee a few hours after the deadline. You are also able to withdraw an abstract before the deadline if you no longer want it to be evaluated.


    • BASL session: 2 awards (1 in Basic Research and 1 in Clinical Research) for the best oral presentation, awarded on Thursday afternoon.
    • BGDO, BIRD and BeSPGHAN will all grant 1 award.
    • Best Poster Award : 2 awards (1 in Basic Research and 1 in Clinical Research).
    • Best Case Report Award.

    The awards will be handed over during the award ceremony on Friday February 22nd 2019.

    An abstract submitted for an international meeting (Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW), the Liver Meeting (AASLD) or the International Liver Congress (EASL)) may be presented at the Belgian Week of Gastroenterology (“National Meeting”), following the rules of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF), the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).

    Abstracts accepted for presentation (oral/poster) at the 31st Belgian Week of Gastroenterology will be published in Acta Gastroenterologica Belgica ((AGEB 2019, fasc1).

    Abstracts accepted for presentation (oral/poster) at the 31th Belgian Week of Gastroenterology will be published in Acta Gastroenterologica Belgica (AGEB 2019, fasc1).