Dear friends and colleagues,

ESGE is delighted to announce the official launch of the new GESEA4EU project which will expand the offer of standardised training and certification in the important field of Gynaecological Endoscopy

About the Project

Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgical Education and Assessment (GESEA) is a structured educational programme for Gynaecological Endoscopy providing training, certification and skill advancement leading to surgical competence. GESEA4EU is a two year project supported by the European Union that will standardise the GESEA training offer already provided to surgeons and expand it to meet the training needs of other healthcare professionals including nurses and supporting non-clinical staff.

This innovative cross-border project brings together sixteen partners from eight European countries who will expand the existing GESEA offer in twelve centres to nine new centres in Northern and Eastern Europe.

“The importance of training in endoscopic surgery is undisputed and so the creation of an international project involving 15 different countries is a great source of pride for our society.” Dr. Federica Campolo, GESEA4EU coordinator, ESGE/Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli, Italy.

“Preparatory activities for standardising training have started. Our first efforts are going into mapping the diverse simulation training tools, methods and programmes currently employed at GESEA Training and Diploma Centres in the Consortium.” Dr. Istvan Argay, European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery (EAGS)

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Dear friends and colleagues,

We are pleased to annouce the 17th AAGL International Meeting in conjunction with ESGE which will be held in Rome on 7th till 10th May.

The abstract submission of the ESGE 31st Annual Congress taking place in Lisbon, Portugal on 2nd – 5th October 2022 will open on 24th February and close on 16th May 2022.


This year we will ask abstract submitters to choose whether they want to qualify for one of the following two prestigious options:

1. You choose to qualify to be included to present in a Best Selected Oral/Video Session with the possibility to win a prize of Best Selected Oral or Best Selected Video Abstract.


2. You choose to qualify for your abstract to be selected for presentation in a Plenary Session (Oral/Video) and receive a certificate of presentation in a plenary session. 


This year there will also be Awards for the following:

Best Selected ePoster 

Best Selected YEP abstract

Best Selected PHD abstract

Best Selected journal article 

More information can be found soon on our congress website:

If you have abstract related questions please contact: 

Looking forward to receiving your abstracts!   

The registration deadline to Congress for abstract submitters is 13th July 2022. 

International Consensus Statement for recommended terminology describing hysteroscopic procedures 
J. Carugno, G. Grimbizis, M. Franchini, L. Alonso, L. Bradley, R. Campo, U. Catena, C. De Angelis, A. Di Spiezio Sardo, M. Farrugia, S. Haimovich, K. Isaacson, N. Moawad, E. Saridogan, T.J. Clark

The structure and delivery of health care services vary across national health care systems, with differing credentialing requirements, funding, mechanisms for reimbursement and laws and regulations. These differences have hampered a clear understanding of how contemporary hysteroscopic services are currently being delivered globally and how best to do this.

Specifically, there is no consensus regarding the terminology used to describe the different hysteroscopic procedures, including the setting in which they are performed and the model of care (i.e. need for elective hospital admission and length of stay) of the patient undergoing hysteroscopic procedures. Terms such as “in-office”, “outpatient”, “ambulatory”, “day-case”, “in-patient”, “operating room” are used frequently interchangeably without standardised definition or common understanding.   

Therefore, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE) and the Global Community of Hysteroscopy (GCH) formed an international working group of experts in hysteroscopy to develop a consensus statement of recommended terminology to use for describing different aspects of hysteroscopic procedures: (i) pain management, (ii) the setting where procedures are conducted, (iii) the model of care relating to the length of stay and need for admission, (iv) the type of procedure and (v) the approach to hysteroscopy.

21.08.1953 – 18.07.2020

It is with great sadness we mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Yves Van Belle.

Yves was a pioneer in ambulatory hysteroscopy, one of the founders of the European Academy and played an integral role in the development of the GESEA Programme.

He brought GESEA and hysteroscopic training throughout Europe, Africa and Asia through teaching, whilst also sharing his warmth, culture and sense of humour with all those who met him. Very strict in the quality of work but very humble and tolerant out of its task, Yves loved to work with all his medical colleagues and his enduring friendships with many of them saw him through life’s challenges. His dedication and attention to detail set an example to those who have followed in his footsteps.

It is better to teach than to curse ignorance, he always said.

He started his career as Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the St Jans Kliniek in Brussels, Belgium in the eighties and already in 1989 he has documented 4240 consecutive ambulatory office hysteroscopies. In 1990 he joined the Rollerball team, a group of young dedicated hysteroscopists who traveled all over Europe to teach the modern hysteroscopic approach. He was one of the best instructors ever and he loved to share experience.  Later on, he was the heart of the ESGE-Academy workshops! No matter where in the world they were, he would be there preparing everything in advance and ensuring their success. The workshops had to be immaculate in every respect. He was a perfectionist, blessed with a rare ability to teach and explain things in the simplest way that could be understood by all.

Yves was also a very sensitive person and present in our families as a member and as a dear friend. He would write poems for our birthdays and for the difficult times of our lives to encourage us and give us strength as well as hope. Yves was a genuine man with true feelings and a big heart. Big enough to include us all and love us all. We are all privileged to have been around such a wonderful unselfish man always giving his love, knowledge, and experience. Unfortunately, we will no longer listen to music together, or dance after a hard days work to relax. We will miss the spiritual conversations on medical subjects as well as those beyond medicine.

We extend our sincere and deepest sympathy to his family – his wife Carine, his daughter Lise, his son Koen and his beloved grandchildren who brought such joy to his life and whose photos always held pride of place on his desk.

ESGE has lost a valuable member and a special friend. A sensitive man whose delicate heart betrayed him at an early age. Yves was such a strong personality, fighting every day with lots of courage and determination against his disease.

May he rest peacefully.

Rust in vrede, Requiesce in pace , Descansi en pau, Qəbri nurla dolsun, Goian bego, Počivaj u miru, Repose en Paix,  Почивай в мир, Spoczywaj w pokoju, Hvíldu í friði, Riposa in pace, 安らかに眠る, Strieh fil-paċi, Відпочивай у спокої, 安息, Hvil i fred, Puhka rahus, Მშვიდად განისვენე, Αναπαύσου εν ειρήνη, תנוח על משכבך בשלום
Ruhe in Frieden, Lepää rauhassa, Nyugodjon békében, Descanse em paz, Vila i frid, Адпачні спакойна, Huzur içinde yatsın, Descanse en paz, Počivaj v miru, Почивај у миру, Покойся с миром, Odihnească-se în pace, Atpūties mierā, Ilsėkis ramybėje, Rou a Fridden, Почивај во мир,

Goodbye, “Have you safe in our soul“