On behalf of the IUGA Council and officers, the Scientific Committee, and the Local Organising Committee, it is our great pleasure to welcone you to the 43rd Annual Meeting, June 27-30, 2018, at the Austria Center Vienna, which is connected via underground directly to the center of the Viennese city.
Urogynaecology has changed substantially over the last years. Vienna as its capital and all Austria going back to monarchy times comprising eastern and central European countries of today have a long tradition in urognyaecological surgery and thus we will look in the past the presence and the future.
Looking at the program a great variety of topics comprising the whole field of Urogynaecology with the most recent information will be brought up for presentation. State of-the-art-lectures, mini stat-of-the art lectures, workshops, video sessions provide a terrific program throughout the meeting. Sexual medicine, management of complications, interdisciplinary preoperative management in the elderly, birth and the pelvic floor are some of the many interesting topics presented there.
Vienna has achieved place one in the ranking of various world meeting evaluations. The Austria Center Vienna has developed a terrific location to carry out many international meetings throughout the last 20 years with increasing numbers and quality.
A great deal of thought went into formulating not only a stimulating scientific program, but also the preparation of a most enjoyable social program, with the aim to make you familiar with the fascinating and inspiring atmosphere of Vienna.
Vienna, one of the most exquisite cities in Europe surrounded by the natural beauty of the Wachau region, the city offers a unique combination of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. The city is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the characteristic Viennese charm. Vienna is considered a paradise for music lovers, being the home to many international renowned composers such as Schubert, Strauss, Schoenberg and Berg who were born there, and others such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Mahler who chose to live there. Exploring the historical and cultural legacy of this capital city will leave you with an exceptional experience traced all the way back to the Roman time.
A bike ride to Vienna and a fun run will give the opportunity to all sportive urogynaecologists to maintain their physical activity around the meeting.
We very much look forward to your participation in IUGA 2018 and to welcoming you.
Heinz Koelbl and Karl Tamussino