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The 47th World Congress of Surgery 2017 was a landmark event in the field of surgery. Almost 1,800 participants came together to exchange science and advance the field through the dissemination of knowledge. The event also facilitated the exchange of ideas on a formal and informal basis, enabling the advancement of patient care. 

International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC)

The International Society of Surgery (ISS) / Société Internationale de Chirurgie (SIC) is a global not-for-profit membership organization, founded in 1902 in Belgium, would like to function with two aims in mind: on the one hand it wants to function as a very benevolent "umbrella organization" to keep the "house of surgery" together for all problems of general interest to all surgical specialties, on the other hand, the ISS/SIC has also a vital interest in upkeeping general surgery as an important training base. Click here to learn more about the ISS/SIC.

World Congress of Surgery (WCS)


The World Congress of Surgery (formerly International Surgical Week ISW) is held every two years in collaboration with its Integrated Societies, Participating Societies and National Societies of the host country. The congress is devoted to the discussion of surgical standards, classification and the latest research in general surgery. Both engaging and insightful, WCS is unlike any other meeting. It is an excellent scientific event in the field of surgery that brings togethter the wolrd's leading experts.

Through the efforts of hundreds of specialists the WCS is a vivid platform of scientific and clinical working groups that lay the foundation for future breakthroughs. The program will include plenary sessions, state-of-the-art lectures, posters, oral and video presentations.


The ICE Kraków Congress Centre is the business and cultural flagship of the city. Located in the very heart of Kraków, it is a convenient place for the organisation of diverse events. The congress centre is surrounded by a special traffic system encompassing ground-level parking lots, a bus bay, bicycle parking areas, as well as a two-level underground parking lot for 336 vehicles. The nearest bus and tram stop is located only 50 meters away from the entrance, with 5 tram lines and 20 bus lines providing access to the facility. Travelling from the airport takes about 20 minutes, and it takes only about a quarter of an hour to get to the ICE Kraków from the central railway and bus station. 


(International Conferences and Entertainment)
ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17,
Kraków 30-302
tel. +48 12 354 23 00
Mon-Fri 8.00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Badges and entry tickets


As a security requirement, please remember to wear your name badge at all times within the congress premises to have access to the scientific sessions, exhibition and social functions.


Additionally, an entry ticket is required for:


Krakow Night

The Society Dinners

The separately booked Courses and Workshops


Name badges and pre-booked entry tickets are provided upon registration.

Coffee and lunches

Coffee and tea is available in the Exhibition areas (F1 Level Foyer & F2 Level Foyer) Other refreshments and snacks can be purchased at the coffee corners also located in the Exhibition areas (F1 Level Foyer & F2 Level Foyer).

No lunches are served. Cash bars will be available in the Exhibition areas (F1 Level Foyer & F2 Level Foyer).

Dress code

Business Attire is recommended in the scientific sessions.


For social events, please follow the dress codes listed below:

Sunday, Congress Opening & Welcome Reception - Business attire/Academic

Monday, Krakow Night - Smart casual

Tuesday, Society Dinners - Smart casual



WCS 2019 will feature a trade exhibition that includes organizations, companies and manufacturers related to clinical and experimental surgery. DISCOVER


Download the flyer to promote WCS 2019 here:

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Flyer greytone


Complimentary Wi-Fi accessibility is available.

SSID: WCS 2019 Wifi

Password: WCS19Krakow



The official language is English. Please note that some sessions of the ISS/SIC and ISDS (Plenary Hall) will be translated into Polish.


For the translation, you will need to use you mobile phone. Please bring you private pair of headphones. Please refer to the Program at a Glance on pages 38 – 47 and look out for the translation signs

Mobile phones


Please respect the presenters and the audience by ensuring that your mobile phone is switched off or in silent mode while you are attending the scientific sessions.

Photographing and recording

Photographing, audio taping, video recording, digital taping or any other form of recording for commercial use is strictly prohibited in the session rooms and poster areas.


The copyright of scientific contributions is to the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) and the World Journal of Surgery (WJS).



Smoking is prohibited at the congress venue. Smoking is allowed only at designated areas outside the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

Speakers preparation room


Full information for speakers is available now.


Registration fees

Delegate‘s Registration fee includes:

  • Scientific sessions

  • Opening ceremony and welcome reception

  • Congress material

  • Coffee/tea during breaks

Please note: workshops and courses costs an additional fee

Exhibition staff fee includes:

  • Opening ceremony and welcome reception

  • Coffee/tea during breaks

Please note: the exhibition staff fee does not include scientific sessions


Extra ticket available for:

  • Opening ceremony and welcome reception

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