Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

In light of the ongoing developments resulting from the world pandemic situation of COVID-19 and after careful consideration of the health and wellbeing of the congress participants which is our top priority, the IFSO-EC Organizing committee decided to reschedule the 9th IFSO-European Chapter Congress. The event which was due to be held on 21-23 May 2020, will now take place on 10-12 December, 2020 at the same location at the Hotel Diplomat Prague.

All engagements with the organizing secretariat related to this congress are automatically shifted to the new congress dates. We keep the registrations,
submitted abstracts, scientific program and the location of the venue valid, only the dates were changed.

In light of these developing circumstances, we have concluded that postponing the event is the best decision to ensure the safest environment for all

We take this opportunity to thank all of our delegates, partners, sponsors and exhibitors and count on their continued support to make the event an even greater success this December.

On behalf of the IFSO-EC board

Martin Fried
IFSO-EC Executive Director
President of IFSO-EC Congress 2020
Gerhard Prager
IFSO-EC President                                                                         



more information coming soon....


10. 03. 2020         More information about the current situation with COVID-19 in relation with IFSO-EC Congress 2020 will be released soon.
10. 02. 2020   Notifications about abstract acceptance for ORAL/POSTER presentations will be sent out by February/March, 2020
31. 12. 2019   We wish you all the best for 2020.


Welcome at the IFSO-EC 2020 Congress website!


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It´s my great pleasure and honour to welcome you to the 9th Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders – European Chapter (IFSO-EC), which is going to be held in Prague, Czech Republic on 10-12 December 2020.

 European Congresses of IFSO-EC are the major European meetings of bariatric and metabolic surgeons and scientists from different other fields in obesity research, prevention and treatment, as well as Allied Health attendees.

IFSO-EC European Congress in Prague is going to be a very special event to commemorate the First IFSO World Congress held in Prague in 1996, only a year after IFSO was officially established by a small international group of bariatric surgeons in Stockholm in 1995.

The Prague 2020 Congress will also celebrate  official foundation of IFSO-EC,  which was inaugurated at the EASO Congress in Prague in 2004. This Congress was in fact the first joint Meeting of IFSO-EC and EASO and the tradition of joint meetings successfully continues.

 The IFSO-EC  International Scientific Committee and the Executive Council prepared a comprehensive programme of talks which covers diverse and  interesting aspects of obesity, however post-graduate courses,  live transmissions in video sessions, oral talks, posters and invited lectures will be organized.

Moreover, the 9th IFSO-EC Congress offers a platform for exchanging ideas among Young IFSO/IFSO-EC New investigators and other attendees.

IFSO-EC is convinced that the Prague Congress will provide participants a unique opportunity to intensify collaboration, establish new connections among attendees as well as to absorb social and cultural atmosphere of Prague Winter, its hospitality and friendness.

We are sure that you will gain several benefits from your participation in the Congress not only from a scientific point of view but also by meeting old friends and new colleagues.

Join us for the Opening Ceremony and Welcome reception, for the Congess  Dinner in the heart of Prague.

Looking forward to meet all of you in Prague in 2020!

Martin Fried
IFSO-EC Executive Director
President of IFSO-EC Congress 2020




Dear Colleagues,

As the current president of IFSO-EC it is my privilege and honour to welcome you to the 9th IFSO-European Chapter Congress that will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from 10-12 December 2020 under the local presidency of our executive director Prof. Martin Fried.

In 2020 the IFSO-EC congress in Prague will be the most important bariatric event taking place in Europe: Our Scientific committee together with the local organizing committee and the Executive Board of IFSO-EC put together a vibrating program including live operations, video sessions, a special part for our young members (Young IFSO & IFSO-EC New investigators) and last but not least we will have dedicated sessions for our allied health care members.

Prague is not only full of history but also linked with the foundation of IFSO and IFSO-EC more than 20 years ago…

Do not miss this chance to visit one of the most beautiful cities of Europe at a pleasant time of the year, to meet friends, deepen your knowledge in bariatric/metabolic surgery and share your experience!

Besides a world-class scientific program you can expect to be spoiled by Czech hospitality – including an outstanding social program and maybe you want to taste the famous Czech beer in one of the lovely beer-taverns, pubs or small local breweries in the heart of the city…

Looking forward to welcome all of you in Prague!

Gerhard Prager
IFSO-EC President

Important dates

1 October, 2019

Abstract Submission and Registration Opens

14 January, 2020

Abstract Submission Deadline

16 September, 2020

Early Registration Deadline

30 November, 2020

Regular Registration Deadline

10-12 December, 2020

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