From 25 to 27 January 2015 we will meet in Villars-sur-Ollon, a village located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, in the heart of the Vaud Alps. It is on a natural southern facing plateau, at an altitude of 1'300 meters. Villars is one of the closest Swiss moutain resorts to Geneva (115 km, a 1 hour and 20 minute drive), with easy access by car or public transportation.
We relocated here from Verbier last year and there was anxiety that it could not match our previous experiences. In the event it was a great meeting with a terrific programme, beautiful weather and good snow.
The Eurotel Victoria, where most participants will stay, has large conference and meeting rooms. We hope this will contribute to both the scientific and social quality of the forum. It will give everyone the opportunity to reach the session hall easily and to spend time discussing the issues both inside and outside the conference hall.
The scientific content has been arranged by Jared Torkington from Cardiff Wales, and our excellent Programme Committee. It will start with the « Marc-Claude Lecture ». Before each section there will be a multidisciplinary case discussion with real life stories related to the session theme. There are presentations on Screening. Surgical Choices in the Elderly, and the basic science of IBD and Cancer. And what do you think about guidelines - good or bad? Come and hear out debate.
At a time when there are many competing symposia, the International Colorectal Forum has a very special appeal. The relatively small group includes some of the major opinion formers in this area, with an opportunity for lively discussion and comment not possible in the big meetings.
We hope that many colleagues will return or indeed come for the first time to the icf in Villars-sur-Ollon. Find out what is the breaking news in our speciality, join in the debates and make new friends at what is simply the best boutique meeting in colorectal surgery.
This program has been accredited by the Swiss Society of Surgery (SSC/SGC) for up to 15 CME credits