The World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) has been the voice of world endoscopy for nearly 60 years. Over this time WEO has placed great importance on its educational and internationally collaborative activities. In the past seven years, WEO has hosted three successful World Congresses, first in Hyderabad in 2017, then in Rio de Janeiro in 2020, and most recently in 2022 in Kyoto; we are certain that we will offer an even more fruitful conference in 2024.
ENDO 2024, our fourth World Congress, has been organized jointly with the International Digestive Endoscopy Network (IDEN), and will take place from 4 to 6 July 2024 in Seoul, Korea. We sincerely appreciate the strong support of President of the Korean Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (KSGE) and IDEN, Professor Jong-Jae Park. An important milestone in the preparation for ENDO 2024 was the selection of internationally renowned experts, including Drs. Jean-Francois Rey and Don-Wan Seo as Chair and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee, and Drs. Philip Chiu and Jong Ho Moon as Chair and Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee.
We have put together a stimulating 3-day program. Highlights include 2 full days of live demonstrations from India, China, Thailand, and Korea, the provision of 20 hands-on stations, more than 20 scientific symposia, 6 joint international symposia with major partner societies, 5 WEO educational courses, and much more! We are also proud to announce that the conference includes special attention to the topic of Women in Endoscopy and to the International Outreach program that focuses on support for teaching and training on the African continent.
WEO takes great pride in supporting the next generation of endoscopists and the 4th World Congress reflects this by the award of grants to young endoscopists. Authors of top-ranked abstracts will receive ENDO 2024 grants offered by WEO, the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES), the Chinese Society of Digestive Endoscopology (CSDE), and the Asian-Pacific Society for Digestive Endoscopy (A-PSDE). In addition, the scientific program emphasizes themes relevant to the future of endoscopy.
We would like to thank here the industry partners who are generously supporting this Congress. Without their help WEO could not organize a meeting of this magnitude. They are genuinely our partners, and we look forward to building on these relationships.
ENDO 2024 looks forward to attracting a very large number of international delegates and to welcoming the local Korean scientific community.