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Continuing Medical Education

The 13th European Congress of Trauma and Emergency Surgery was accredited with 18 CME Credits! Another reason for attending ECTES 2012! Earn these CME Credits for your continuing education and register here for the congress!

Preliminary List of Exhibitors

You would like to know which companies will be exhibiting at ECTES 2012?
Please click here to see the preliminary list of exhibitors for the ECTES 2012!

Congress Grant Application Deadline Extended!

The Congress Grant application deadline has been extended to February 10, 2012. For further information and the application form, please click here!

Registration is open NOW!

Register NOW and benefit from the Early Bird Registration fees! To get to the online registration platform, please click here!

Basel the place to meet – for the trauma and emergency community in the year 2012!


Grüezi, bonjour, buon giorno, bun di - welcome to Basel, city of the annual ESTES Congress 2012. Basel, the third biggest city of Switzerland, invites you to take part in the 13th European congress of trauma and emergency surgery. Basel is known the world over for its richness in art and culture, for its river Rhine, for being the home of the pharmaceutical industry and for its university, the oldest in Switzerland.

A congress is meant to be more than just a textbook, a congress is meant to be communication, a presentation of personal opinions and personal results and a start to animated discussions about new findings and new solutions to everyday’s and extraordinary problems. It is said that many ways lead to Rome and many ways (should) lead to the one goal - the cure of our patients. Evidence is the word, eminence is the reality! Health systems are different all over Europe, medical perceptions are different, but there is just this one goal: to treat our patients according to our standards, to our guidelines, our infrastructure and our facilities at their best. ECTES is like Rome, a place to teach, to present and to demonstrate our possibilities to reach that goal (“many ways – one goal” being our motto for this congress). Europe is diverse, that is, each one of us is living in his own world, is working in his own world, is treating his patients in his own ways and all these ways are different. Let’s listen to these voices from all over Europe, let’s reflect on our own ideas by being confronted with these worlds. Switzerland is in the centre of Europe, is part of Europe (not in the political sense though) and is happy to share its ideas, its ideals and its spirit with Europe.

A congress is meant to be more than just a congress! A congress is embedded in its environment. And this environment is rich in Basel. Basel would like to share its richness in culture, in humanism and in all its intellectual acumen with you. Let Basel present you its gifts, its achievements, its efforts and its personality with fervour, with courage, with compassion and with excitement. Immerse yourselves in this town, a town of its own, a town, where carneval is “the three most beautiful days of the year”, a town, where people live for their football team, a town, where modern art, urban lifestyle and commerce meet.
Meet Eliana Burki, George Gruntz, Dieter Ammann, Max Lässer and the Ueberlandorchestra, and Bajass, the famous Carneval Clique from Basel. Visit the Tinguely Museum, the Joggeli and many other places. Engulfe yourself in this town at the knee bend in the river Rhine during these four days of the ESTES Congress 2012.

Basel is just a short stop over. The ESTES Congress will then move on along on its tour around Europe, just get a glimpse of surgery, at trauma - and emergency surgery and at acute surgery, a surgical world yet to be established in Europe, - in Basel. Basel will be a big feast, a thrilling party - don’t miss, be there,– curtain up on Basel 2012!

Heim Dominik, Congress President
Babst Reto, Congress President