World Gastroenterology Organisation

Global Guardian of Digestive Health. Serving the World.


World Congress 2021 - Dubai

The World Congress of Gastroenterology 2021, will be held in partnership with the Emirates Gastroenterology and Hepatology Society, 12-15 December 2021 in Dubai, UAE.  For more information please visit


World Congress 2019 - Istanbul

WGO and the Turkish Society of Gastroenterology thank you for your participation and support for the World Congress of Gastroenterology!


About the World Congress of Gastroenterology

The WCOG had historically been held every four years, starting with the first World Congress in Washington, DC, USA in 1958. Traditionally, the World Congress has rotated between three regions: the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. For Congresses organized after 2017, this regional rotation will be extended to include the Africa/Middle East region. View the congress history. In 2017, the World Congress officially moved to a two-yearly schedule.

The call for bids for the 2023 WCOG is now closed.

For further information about the bidding process and/or to request a copy of the bidding manual, please contact the WGO Secretariat at  

Please note that applications to host a World Congress can only be considered from WGO Member Societies. Final ratification of the venue of a World Congress, as recommended by the WGO Governing Council, is made by the WGO General Assembly.


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