16th ESC Congress – Ghent, Belgium

16th ESC Congress – Ghent, Belgium

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Challenging times, are we ready?

Novel approaches to sexual and reproductive health

Challenging times indeed, we live in a “Flat World”, without boundaries, not from a physical nor from an emotional point of view. During this congres we have the great opportunity to focus on a number of themes which are in the heart of this evolution.

(1) The many faces of birth control with new views on Abortion and Contraception.
(2) “Sex in the city” with STI’s and innovative solutions in the pharmaceutical industry
(3) The social media and LGTB+ creating opportunities for further sexual liberation?
(4) The collateral damage of this rapidly changing world such as sexual violence and (dys)function.
(5) The “Flat World” has an impact on our thinking about values, ethics and policy making.

We wish you an inspiring journey during the congress.

Mireille Merckx and Steven Weyers
Presidents of the congress

Mary Short
Chair of the Scientific Committee


Dear colleagues,
Dear all,

Yet again Covid 19 has stolen a march on us. Viral mutations are on the increase giving rise to uncertainty of public gatherings as vaccine roll out endeavours to meet the challenge. The health and wellbeing of our participants, speakers, sponsors, members and secretariat is our priority.

Unfortunately there are no certainties, and where the virus is concerned therefore the 16th Congress due to be held in Ghent on September 1st to 4th, 2021 will now not take place as we had hoped.

We, however, strive to meet the needs of our participants, membership and sponsors.

We, the Executive committee, miss the collegiate interaction with the membership & participants. We hope to address this through a virtual seminar which will take place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th May 2021.

The seminar will be held over 2 half days so that our international participants & membership will have an opportunity to participate. The programme will be innovative and exciting —- something to look forward to in these dark times.

On a happier note – the Ghent Congress will now take place from 25th to 28th May 2022.

Registered participants and abstract authors will be contacted soon.

We will make it happen!

Take care, Mary
Dr. Mary Short
ESC President

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