FESSH 2018 Congress

Working for the Future

13-16 June 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark



Welcome to the happiest country in the world!

Denmark has developed into one of the strongest clusters in life sciences in Europe, and Copenhagen especially enjoys a central location in the heart of a major knowledge hub with a dense cluster of universities, hospitals and companies within the fields of biotech, medtech and pharma with 165,000 students and 16,000 scientists and researchers.

This city is also among the world’s most popular congress destinations, due to its easy accessibility, high levels of efficiency, low crime rate and successful organisation of sustainable events in the record high number of eco-certified hotels and venues within the city. As such, Copenhagen is also known as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.

We are convinced that all of these achievements and facilities combined offer a unique platform for holding the FESSH congress, and also all the required facilities for organizing the European Examination in Hand Surgery.

The local organizing committee wishes to improve the standard of hand surgery throughout Europe by offering the perfect framework for the XXIII FESSH congress. As such, we will offer the ideal facilities to carry out the work of the Scientific Committee and of the Chairman of the Instructional Course.

We intend to make this congress highly attractive to our younger colleagues, fellows and residents. For this reason, the slogan of the congress is Working for the Future.

Instructional course:
Fractures of the Hand and Carpus

Besides the classical topics of hand surgery, we will focus on:
Tissue Engineering, Robotic Surgery, Infection, Pain, Rehabilitation and Occupational Disorders.

Our highest priority for the congress is the scientific content, but we also consider our city - beautiful Copenhagen - to be a perfect choice for social activities and will do our utmost to make this congress an unforgettable event for the FESSH members.

Michel Boeckstyns
president of the congress

An application has been made to the EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.


The following governmental institutions, carriers, federations, societies and agencies currently actively endorse the placement, successful organisation and completion of FESSH 2018 in Copenhagen.



Organizing Committee

President: Michel E. H. Boeckstyns
Vice-president: Lars S. Vadstrup

Anders Ditlev F. Jensen
Camilla Ryge
Claus Möger
Niels Søe-Nielsen
Pernille Leicht
Robert Gvozdenovic
Torben Bæk Hansen
Niels B. Thomsen
Peter Jørgsholm

Scientific Committee

Chairman: Frederic Schuind (Belgium)
Co-chairman: Torben Bæk Hansen (Denmark)

Jörg Bahm (Germany and Belgium)
Philippe Cuénod (Switzerland)
Helle Puggaard (Denmark)
Igor Golubev (Russia)
Luzian Haug (Switzerland)
Konstantinos N. Malizos (Greece)
David Shewring (United Kingdom)
Laurent Obert (France)
Brigitte Van der Heijden (The Netherlands)

Instructional Course

Chairman: Martin Richter
Topic: Fractures of the Hand and Carpus


Abstract Submissions

Main topics

  • Arthritis and infection
  • Congenital
  • Dupuytren
  • Elbow
  • Hand trauma
  • Microsurgery
  • Nerves and brachial plexus
  • Wrist
  • Others

Presentation types

Oral presentations
E-poster presentation
Junior doctor session presentation

A junior doctor session is meant to be a session, where juniors make presentations which they believe are interesting for junior doctors and which do not need to reach the same scientific level as in regular sessions. The number of presentations in this session will be quite restrictive.

Publication of abstracts

Abstracts of accepted oral presentations will be published as an online supplement of Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume).
Attention: posters will not be published in JHS!

How to submit

  1. Apply for password
    For submitting an abstract you must apply for a password by clicking the abstract submission button below and select "password request".
  2. Get password by e-mail
    Password is sent in e-mail. Should your password not arrive in 3 hours send a short note to the email below instead of making a double registration.
  3. Log-in to the system
    Login name and password are case sensitive. Do not use a password, which you use at other sites.
  4. Ask for assistance
    Should you need assistance send a message to casm@asszisztencia.hu.


Submission deadline
30 November 2017

Notification to authors: 31 January 2018

Go to Submission System

Abstract format

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English
  • Only plain text is allowed: do not use tables, tabs, listings, any other formatting (bold, colours, etc).
  • Maximum word count of the abstract is 500 words
  • The abstract needs to be structured as follows:
    • Objective: this section should contain 1-2 sentences that clearly indicate the scientific question of the study and its clinical (or other) importance.
    • Methods: this section should contain sufficient information to be able to understand the experimental design, the analytical techniques and the statistics used in the study.
    • Results: this section should contain objective data to answer the scientific question(s).
    • Conclusions: this section should provide only conclusions of the study directly supported by the results, along with implications for clinical practice, avoiding speculation and overgeneralisation.

Registration information

Registration Fees

Early fees
before 15 March 2018
Standard fees
15 March - 5 May 2018
Late & Onsite fees
after 5 May 2018
FESSH Members* DKK 3725 (€ 500) DKK 4470 (€600) DKK 5215 (€ 700)
Non FESSH Members DKK 4100 (€ 550) DKK 4845 (€ 650) DKK 5590 (€ 750)
EFSHT Members/Therapists DKK 2090 (€ 280) DKK 2385 (€ 320) DKK 2685 (€ 360)
Surgeons below 35** DKK 1865 (€ 250) DKK 2235 (€ 300) DKK 2610 (€ 350)
Exhibitor's extra staff*** DKK 1490 (€ 200) DKK 1490 (€ 200) DKK 1865 (€ 250)

FESSH Party Fees

FESSH MembersDKK 560 (€ 75)
Non FESSH MembersDKK 560 (€ 75)
EFSHT Members/TherapistsDKK 450 (€ 60)
Surgeons below 35DKK 335 (€ 45)
ExhibitorsDKK 970 (€ 130)
Accompanying PersonsDKK 970 (€ 130)

* Participants from FESSH member countries are entitled for FESSH Member registration fee.

** A supporting document should be uploaded when submitting your registration.

*** Extra badges for exhibitors’ staff during the congress, available only for exhibiting companies. This fee excludes doctors and the congress documentation. The fee does not entitle to visit scientific sessions. Cannot be used as an exhibition only pass.

The congress fee includes:

  • Attendance to all scientific sessions & exhibition
  • Program book
  • Opening ceremony
  • Welcome reception
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Coffee breaks
  • 25 % VAT


All fees are referred to in Danish Kronor (DKK) and are including 25% Danish VAT. All payments should be made in DKK. Payments by bank transfer are accepted till 12th of May, 2018.

Payment by credit card

The online registration platform is a secure site. Payment by credit card is highly recommended as the registration can be confirmed immediately. Major credit cards (American Express, VISA and MasterCard) are accepted. Please enter all relevant information on the registration form. Upon completion of the online registration process, you will receive an invoice / receipt by email.

Payment by bank transfer

You will find the bank details on the invoice that will be send to you digitally. Please make sure to transfer the registration fees to this bank account within two weeks after you have registered. Your registration is only confirmed once the registration fees have been received in full.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Full cancellation of your participation must be emailed to the FESSH 2018 Congress Delegate Management Secretariat – MCI Amsterdam at fessh-registration@mci-group.com. Amendments should be made via the portal if you have created a Portal account, if not, please notify the Congress Delegate Management Secretariat by email.

The following cancellation fees will apply:

Registration fees
- Cancellations received before or on the 12th of May, 2018 will be refunded for 80%
- Cancellations received after the 12th of May, 2018 will not be refunded

- Cancellations received before or on the 13th of April, 2018 will be fully refunded less a 150 DKK administration fee.
- Cancellations received after the 13th of April, 2018, will not be refunded

Please click here for the full registration Terms & Conditions.

Invitation letter for visa application

All delegates requiring a letter of invitation for visa application purposes may request this letter during the online registration. We will not be able to issue any letter of invitation without receiving the registration and the payment of the required registration fees. Please note that the organizers will not be able to contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office on behalf of a delegate.

Should your visa application be declined, you can send a request for a full refund of the registration fees to congress secretariat by e-mail (fessh-registration@mci-group.com) before May 10. A scanned copy of the visa decline letter should be attached to your request. For requests received after May 10, the cancellation policy for general congress registrations will apply.


If you would like to make a group registration for 5 or more people please download this excel form and return it by email to the FESSH 2018 Congress Delegate Management Secretariat at fessh-registration@mci-group.com.


Congress Delegate Management Secretariat
MCI Amsterdam
Schipluidenlaan 4 – 1062 HE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 575 4236
Email: fessh-registration@mci-group.com


Hotel Accommodation

MCI Amsterdam, the official housing partner for the XXIII FESSH Congress has reserved a number of rooms in two hotels that have been carefully selected for your convenience. Both hotels are located in the city centre of Copenhagen and within close proximity of the Tivoli Congress Centre. Reservations can be made online together with your registration to the congress: the reservation section will show real-time availability and the applicable rates.

Make sure to take advantage of these special rates by reserving your room through the online registration process.

Congress hotels will not accept direct reservations at these negotiated rates.

Room Rates

All rates quoted are the lowest available for standard rooms during the period of the congress. Deposits are payable in DKK and prices include all applicable taxes. Breakfast is included, unless otherwise mentioned. All taxes are subject to change. Remaining payments and personal accounts are payable directly at the hotel in DKK.


Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center

Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center is centrally located and offers 396 elegantly furnished rooms, decorated with a hint of the Tivoli Gardens theme. Tivoli Hotel offers a restaurant, fitness room, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

As the name indicates this hotel is located within the Congress Centre.

Prices: DKK 1695-2225

Wakeup Copenhagen Carsten Nieburhs Gade

Wakeup Copenhagen is a modern hotel centrally located in Copenhagen. The hotel has 510 en-suite rooms, and all rooms feature air conditioning, flat-screen TV and free internet connection.

Wakeup Copenhagen, Carsten Niebuhrs Gade is located right next to the Tivoli Congress Center.

Prices: DKK 850-1250

Please click here for the full hotel booking Terms & Conditions.

Conditions - Early Bird reservations

Early Bird rates reservation can only be made before March 5, 2018 at 17:00 CEST. To benefit from these rates, a deposit payment for the full stay must accompany your reservation.

In the event of modification, cancellation or no-show of an Early Bird booking, any deposits made towards MCI are non-refundable.

Conditions - Flex reservations

For Flex reservations, a deposit payment for the full stay must accompany your reservation. In the event of cancellation before May 13, 2018, deposits will be refunded less a DKK 350 administration fee. The difference between the deposit paid and the cancellation charged will be credited back to you. Cancellations taking place after May 13, 2018, including no-shows and early departures, will be charged for the full stay reserved. In case of a no show, the hotel will guarantee your room until 11:00 hrs the day after your check in date. A handling fee of DKK 350 per hotel room will be charged for every hotel modification received after May 21, 2018.

Deposit Payments

The deposit payment can be done during the online registration process. Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of your hotel deposit. Potential additional costs, such as mini-bar and telephone, must be paid directly to the hotel upon check-out.


If you would like to make a group booking for 5 or more people contact the FESSH 2018 Congress Delegate Management Secretariat at fessh-registration@mci-group.com.


Official Housing Partner
MCI Amsterdam
Schipluidenlaan 4 – 1062 HE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 575 4236
Email: fessh-registration@mci-group.com


Tivoli Congress Center

The venue for the XXIII FESSH congress is Tivoli Congress Center, located just 9 km from Copenhagen Airport in the heart of the city across the street from the harbour and around the corner from the Central Station and the city's main shopping areas, sights and attractions. The renowned Danish architect Kim Utzon was responsible for the design, which is typically Scandinavian in its style: simple, functional and minimalistic with lots of daylight and high ceilings. The colourful and fairytale-like interior is inspired by Copenhagen's biggest tourist attraction: the historic Tivoli Gardens.

Check meeting rooms

Tivoli Congress Hall
Meeting rooms

There are currently around 20,500 hotel rooms in Copenhagen spanning from luxurious five- star hotels to the budget-friendly contemporary designed rooms of Europe's largest city hostel. The vast majority of these hotels are within walking distance from Tivoli Congress Center, but if you want to optimize your working hours, the 4-star Tivoli Hotel with 679 rooms is an integrated part of the center.


Wonderful Copenhagen

With a population of 1.9 million, Copenhagen is the largest city in Scandinavia. Though smaller than many other Northern European cities, the Danish capital has proven itself more than able to organise successful large- scale events in innovative and appealing settings. The city is a pulsating metropolitan where fashion and tradition go hand in hand with a safe, efficient, yet exciting environment that offers modern meeting facilities and endless accommodation options.

With Denmark as one of the oldest monarchies and Copenhagen as one of the greatest design capitals in the world, the city also offer a wide variety of beautiful cultural experiences, unique shopping opportunities and stunning architecture within its compact city centre.



Copenhagen has one of the world’s most efficient infrastructures with multiple bus lines, the Metro, a train network and harbour busses, making it quick, easy and safe to get around. Copenhagen Airport is Scandinavia’s main traffic hub with non-stop flights from around 140 destinations. The airport is located only 13 minutes away from the city centre by Metro or train; which is the fastest transfer time from airport to city centre among the major European cities.