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   Check out the educational resources from the 15th ESC Congress!

   Last day to send your program suggestions for the 2020 ESC Congress in Dublin

Theme: 'Cultural and ethnic diversity in a changing Europe – Let the conversation begin.’ We are well aware that an attractive innovative scientific program is essential for success. It would be helpful to have your views on what we should include in the program. May we ask you to forward us your programme comments and suggestions no later than September 1st, 2018 by completing and submitting the form through the link:

Program suggestions form

  Apply now for an ESC Grant

Project: This grant may be used to support an individual, group, institute or organisation with a project that has a scientific basis with described, relevant outcome(s) and is related to the aims of the ESC. A maximum of 10,000 euros per project application can be requested.
The ESC will provide funding to support a regional or local educational course or meeting within Europe related to the aims of the ESC. A maximum of 5,000 euros per course application can be requested.
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   3 developments related to the Teach and Training tool

We will once again offer the option to people teaching in the field of contraception and opinion leaders to visit an ESC-TTT course in Belgrade in November. Registration deadline: 15 September 2018
Course details
Ten of the 17 topics/sessions of the TTT have been updated this year. These updates are already available in two versions: As a powerpoint version to work online with the notes hidden in a speech bubble on each slide and as a PDF version for those who prefer to work with the print-outs and like to have the explanations and additional information visible directly below the corresponding slide.
Updated sessions
Most of the sessions are meanwhile also available in Russian.
Sessions in Russian
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   ESC Expert Group on Abortion
The newly elected Expert Group on Abortion plans to do the following:
1. Assemble a WebLibrary on abortion for the new website
2. Prepare a short scientific review paper on the use of low-sensitivity pregnancy testing by women themselves after abortion as part of telephone follow-up
3. Prepare a statement on the importance of cervical priming prior to surgical abortion
4. Prepare a paper on the importance of contraception and abortion (hopefully in collaboration with the other Expert Groups) for use by politicians, expert and activists in European countries where there is a lack of available methods or access to services is being eroded

5. Develop teaching material on mid-trimester abortion in collaboration with FIAPAC
   ESC Expert Group on Non-hormonal methods of contraception
In the next two years the main interest of the expert group on Non-hormonal methods of contraception will be on the copper intrauterine devices (copper IUD). Scientific knowledge of this method is plentiful and well validated, being based on numerous researches. This resulted in the adoption of appropriate national clinical guidelines in a growing number of countries. Much less research has been done on what healthcare workers really think about the copper IUD and how they make decisions in clinical practice and what advice they give potential users of this contraceptive method, as well as which specific types of IUDs they recommend and why.
The Expert group intends to design a questionnaire that would address this issue and conduct an email survey among the members of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC). In this way, we will gain a deeper insight into the actual situation of copper IUD provision and what are the corresponding main concerns of health workers, as well as if there are differences between various societies and countries. The 16th ESC Congress in Dublin (2020) will be a good opportunity to present the results of this study within the framework of the EG session on Non-hormonal methods of contraception.
   ESC Expert Group on Sexual Medicine and Sex Education
We started during the ESC congress with an evaluation of the previous period. We were happy with the pre-congress workshop and the EG session during the congress. We started a web library with the help of ESC Central Office. At times there was a lack of communication at times between the members of the EG. We would have liked to organize more workshops on communication, talking about sexuality and problems that patients have. Plans for the next 2 years are based partly on our evaluation and partly on suggestions made by congress participants.
  • Web library. The matrix on which the web library is based will be checked by the EG members and the organisations that provided them. We hope this will be finished in the autumn 2018. New documents can be added but this should not hamper the online publication.
  • Workshops. We do want to make programmes on communication and dealing with simple sexual dysfunctions. During our pre-congress workshop we were asked to do so. This workshop is focused on skills, attitudes, and individual qualities needed as well as knowledge to ensure good quality care. Especially in Eastern Europe there is a need to engage and influence religious and moralistic convictions, barring peoples’ reproductive rights. We need the support from the EC for this.
  • In 2019 we will plan the pre-congress workshop and the EG session. In our last session there was a presentation on dealing with violence. This presentation led to so much interaction and such an interesting discussion, we would like to suggest a whole session dealing with this topic for the next workshop.
  • Organisation. The EG thinks the procedure on electing new members to the different working groups could be improved, so as to ensure the best quality of new members appropriate to the topic of the group.

   Profile of ESC executive committee members

Mary Short, Ireland
What is your background? I'm National Director of Women.s Health I.C.G.P., chair of the IASRHCP, undergratuate Medical education Tutor, LARC Tutor, menopause Tutor, Council Member of the Medico legal Soc of Ireland. I have a particular interest in LARC, contraception for the older woman and menopause. I'm a Founder Member of The European Society of Contraception.
Do you have goals you want to reach during your mandate? I'm a long standing member of the society with indepth knowledge of same. There are changing times for all societies with less sponsorship and support for health care professionals attending congresses and meetings in general.
There is a need to address these issues while keeping the Society to the fore as a pivot of excellence for health care providers. The 2020 ESC congress will be in Dublin my home city.
What makes your country stand out? Ireland has come a long way in terms of reproductive health care and women’s health in general but a lot more need to be achieved. Massive strides have been made in promoting L.A.R.C.. The majority of these services are provided in a General Practice Setting—to this end I am part of a training programme aimed at trainee General Practitioners. This will provide standardised care and procedures for our community. On a broader scale not all of our reproductive health care targets are achieved. The 8th amendment to the Irish constitution protects the life of the unborn- thus denying women the right to a termination of pregnancy regardless of circumstances. On 25 May 2018, a referendum was passed overwhelmingly to delete the constitutional ban on abortion, and is awaiting being signed into the law.

Ali Kubba, UK
What is your background? I am a consultant Community Gynaecologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London and at the London Bridge Hospital, London and an honorary Senior Lecturer at Kings College London. My areas of interest are contraception, colposcopy, menopause and menstrual dysfunction. I am an honorary Professor in Basrah Medical School, Iraq.
Do you have goals you want to reach during your mandate? I would like to enhance the role of the ESC as a beacon of advocacy for reproductive rights, a standard setter for evidence based practice in SRH and as an agent for innovative change in this field in Europe and beyond.
What makes your country stand out? The UK has been leading on evidence based guidelines, on integration of sexual, reproductive and Gynaecological services and on multi-disciplinary working. I would like to promote these attributes to ESC members and ESC member countries.

Kai Haldre, Estonia
What is your background? I'm MD, PhD, gynaecologist, working in the Centre for Infertility Treatment in East Tallinn Central Hospital Women's Clinic in Tallinn, Estonia. The centre provides infertility care for men and women, including IVF/ICSI. In 2010 I started the similar department in West-Tallinn Central Hospital. I have worked for many years additionally as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Tartu, Estonia. For more than 20 years I have either worked or been actively involved in several NGOs in Estonia which aim to further people's sexual and reproductive health and rights, like the Estonian Sexual Health Association (member of IPPF) and the Estonian Academic Society for Sexology (member of the Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology). I defended my PhD thesis on the topic “Sexual health and behaviour of young women in Estonia”. My interests have been sexual behaviour and sexual and reproductive health in different social contexts, sexual rights, factors associated with teenagers' sexual behaviour, sexuality education.

Do you have goals you want to reach during your mandate? I have set the goal for myself to contribute as much as I can, so that ESC would remain a sustainable, reliable and worldwide well known scientific organisation. I see the need to involve more young scientists and young members in the activities of ESC, to include an even more holistic view on sexual health and rights in the education provided and to move towards modernising the ESC educational activities and structure.
What makes your country stand out? Estonia is a good example of a successful school sexuality education and a network of youth-friendly sexual health services. Some information about this can be found in the following comprehensive overviews:
Anne Gompel, France
What is your background? I'm outstanding professor of gynecology, University Paris Descartes. I'm teaching at medical school since 1981. I'm head of the medical gynecology unit since 2002. My areas of interest are hormone treatment, their impact on breast, gynecological cancers, vascular risk...a long experience in the management of women with systemic diseases, thrombotic risk, oncologic risk etc.. for their contraception, reproductive life, menopause.
Do you have goals you want to reach during your mandate? I want to be actively involved in the life of the society.
Roberto Lertxundi, Spain
What is your background?
I'm the current President of CLINICA EUSKALDUNA, Bilbao, Spain. My main interests are Contraception, Abortion, Andrology, Sexual and Reproductive Health Care.
Do you have goals you want to reach during your mandate?
I would like to help ESC, to became the most important reference in our Continent on SRH, not only for professional, and citizens, but for political institutions, too.
What makes your country stand out?
Yes: use of contraceptives; demography and contraception; politics on gender….
Gabriele Merki, Switzerland

What is your background? I'm Prof Dr med. Gynaecology and Obstetrics and
Head of department for Contraception and adolescent gynaecology, Clinic for Reproductive Endocrinology, University Hospital Zürich. I have 25 years experience in contraception, clinic and research at a university hospital. Further specialisations: adolescent gynaecology; Hormones and migraine; migraine and endometriosis; CHC and risks,LARCs, progestin-only contraception.
Do you have goals you want to reach during your mandate? I would very much like to finish the initiated projects, especially regarding education in Eastern European countries over the next two years, strengthen the political influence of the Society and improve collaborations where needed with national health organisations, UNFPA and WHO. The teaching the teachers tool (TTT) (written (2016/2017) with several ESC authors and support  of WHO is a main step to make qualified knowledge available over internet for everybody.

The TTT is a free resource on the ESC website in English and Russian languages. This is a sevice of ESC and hopefully can be continued in future. Annual updates are needed to maintain the quality of contents. The 2018 updates are already available. I'm very grateful for the work and commitment of all authors invovlved and hope that we find more experts in the future who supprt us with continuation of this initiative. In addition I aim to invest energy in supporting countries who wish (after  having visited a TTT-course) to organise local courses using the TTT-tool to impove reproductive health knowledge of their doctors/other HCPs and also to remove myths. The last EC agreed to give financial support for a next TTT course in November 2018 and we are working to make this again a great experience for the participants and hope to encourage them to spread this knowledge in their countries.
Is their anything specific you would like to share with the ESC members?
In the interest of women, who use contraceptives for so many years, the high standard of education like it is in our country should be made available to all European doctors. I collaborate with the European Headache federation, as a main topic of my research is migraine and hormones. We publish statements with international experts regarding contraceptive use in migraineurs and cardiovascular risks in migraineurs. Today it is also important to discuss the responsibilities of young males, we published one paper on this topic, but in other countires attitudes of young men might differ. I also published a paper investigating needs in counselling over Europe. All publications can be found in PUBMED entering Merki-Feld as search term.

   15th ESC Congress

The 15th anniversary Congress of ESC was organized from 9 to 12 May 2018 in the picturesque capital city of Hungary. The Congress in Budapest was hosted by the Hungarian Society of Gynecologists and supported by the Hungarian Pro Familia Hungaria Scoiety.  Several international scientific organizations (including EBCOG, EHF, Francophone Society, International Consortium for Male Contraception, IPPF , ISGE) joined the ESC congress with full-fledged sessions. The Diczfalusy Foundation held is 12th Annual Congress as a satellite event of the ESC Congress. Prof. Serfaty, founder and first president of ESC gave an engaging report on the 30 years history of the ESC.  The 1600 participants from 85 countries focused their presentations and posters around the main theme of the Congress: Family Planning and Contraception from Adolescence to Menopause. At the time of the Congress the Board of Trustees of ESC also had its meeting and elected the new Executive Committee.  The General Assembly voted to hold the ESC Congress in 2022 in Ghent, Belgium. The Congress in Budapest is considered by all parties as a very successful and forward looking event of ESC.  Furthermore, it gave a very pleasant opportunity, for all present at the Congress, to build new friendships and connections, maintain existing ones and plan for the future of family planning.  We are certain, that the hospitality, the beauty of Budapest and many other factors, such as the social events, made sure that participants will keep this Budapest Congress as joyful, fond and memorable days of their lives. 
Thank you all, sponsors, participants, organizers and everyone having taken part in this event, for the very successful ESC 15th Congress in Budapest.
Prof. Dr. György Bártfai, Congress President

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