General Info

  • The XXXth Belgian Week of Gastroenterology

    will be organized at: Hilton Hotel, Antwerp from Wednesday February 21 to Friday February 23, 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 number of credits is 6 credits points per day (category 3) and 4 cp for Saturday. The file from the online accreditation registrations will be sent to the INAMI/RIZIV end of April 2018.


    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.


    Thursday February 22th, 2018 we host the XXXth Anniversary Dinner & PArty at the top floor of the MAS museum (Hanzestedenplaats 5, Antwerp). Starting the aperitive from 7.30PM with the dinner and party starting from 8.30PM.

    Bus transfers are available from 7:00PM at the Hilton Hotel and returning from the MAS Museum at 11:00PM, 12:00PM and 1:00AM.


    The BSGIE Session will be extended to 2 half days with live transmission from selected Endoscopy Units.


    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 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 Friday 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.


    Abstracts can be submitted electronically via the website. The deadline for abstract submission is December 1st 2017 at midnight. On 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: BASL/BLIC, BIRD, BSGIE, Digestive Pathology, BeSPGHAN, Radiology/Nuclear Medicine, BGDO, GIREM, Nutrition and Pancreas.

    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.

    Since 2013 an interactive case-report session is organized on Friday morning. Abstracts with a short description of the case can be submitted via the website following the same procedure as the research abstracts. The results of the selection will be communicated to the submitting authors by December 2017.


    • Plenary session: 2 awards (1 in Basic Research and 1 in Clinical Research) for the best oral presentation, awarded on Saturday at the end of the afternoon.
    • 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 on Saturday morning for the best presentation in their field.
    • Best Poster Award: 2 awards (1 in Basic Research and 1 in Clinical Research) will be granted on Saturday morning.

    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 30th Belgian Week of Gastroenterology will be published in Acta Gastroenterologica Belgica (AGEB 2018, fasc1).