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Welcome Message President

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great pleasure that I warmly invite you to Vienna, Austria to celebrate the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association. This will undoubtedly be the premier urogynecological meeting of the year. The LOC and programme committee have put together a fantastic program of both stimulating science and unique social activities.

Our hosts, Paul Riss (Honorary Chair), Heinz Koelbl and Karl Tamussino(Local Organizing Committee Chairs), their colleagues and the IUGA Program Committee led by Roy Ng, have included over 20 workshops, 10 mini state of the art lectures, 8 special lectures and a video session. The IUGA Scientific Committee led by Fred Milani will select the best and most interesting abstracts from the hundreds submitted in order to develop enticing and stimulating scientific sessions. I’m sure every attendee will pick up new and valuable knowledge to take back to their corner of the world.

This meeting is important for physicians, physical therapists and continence nurses. For the first time we are holding a specialist nurses programme and we warmly welcome our new nursing SIG members. We are keenly aware of the recent controversies in the surgical management of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and the increase in pelvic floor trauma resulting from childbirth this, and much more will be highlighted in Vienna. In addition to cutting edge science, attendees will also receive practical guidance for patient care.
The IUGA ASM is a time to make new and renew old friendships, what better destination to do this than Vienna! With its amazing history and beautiful architecture there will be plenty for you and accompanying persons to do and see and I encourage you to spend a few extra days to appreciate the all that Vienna has to offer.

I look forward to welcoming you all to the IUGA ASM Vienna 2018!

Warmest Regards,

Lynsey Hayward
IUGA President 2018