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24th surgical seminar "the management of patients with war wounds"

12-11-2012 Event

The ICRC organizes its 24th annual Surgical Seminar in Geneva, 22 - 24 March 2013.

Event Info

Where: Geneva

When: 22.03.2013 - 24.03.2013

Time: Friday, 22 March 11:00 to Sunday, 24 March 15:30.

Venue: Friday, 22 March: Headquarters of the ICRC in Geneva.  The ICRC President will host an official lunch at 12.00. The Friday afternoon session will be held in the Auditorium of the ICRC.

Friday, 22 March evening. The participants are transported by bus to the ICRC Conference Centre ECOGIA, in Versoix just outside Geneva.

Saturday, 23 March and Sunday 24 March: Conference Centre ECOGIA

The prime objective of the seminar is to sensitize the participants, with little or no experience in treating war-wounded patients, to the specificity of war surgery within the ICRC.

The Seminar is also open to active qualified military surgical personnel interested in gaining an overview of the ICRC experience of surgery for the victims of armed conflict.

Maximum number of participants for the seminar is 45.

The content of the seminar combines field experiences and related aspects of international humanitarian law; appropriate surgical and anaesthesia techniques; wound management and patient care in a precarious environment.

The language of the seminar is English. The format is intentionally informal and discussions during previous seminars have been lively.

The cost of the seminar is 700.- Swiss Francs per participant and includes two nights accommodation (Friday and Saturday) and all meals during the seminar. The cost of the travel to and from Geneva and any extra hotel nights is the responsibility of the participant or their sponsors.

Ballistic roundtrip

In addition to the Surgical Seminar, the Institut of Legal Medicine of the University of Berne opens its facility to Seminar participants for a demonstration of wounding mechanisms on Thursday, 21 March in the ballistic laboratory, in the IPH (Intercantonale Polizeischule) in Hitzkirch (Luzern): The hosts are Dr Beat Kneubuehel,  Dr. sc.forens., Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität Bern and Dr Robin Coupland, former ICRC Surgical Coordinator.

The bus to Luzern leaves on Wedneday 20 March, 2 p.m.
from ICRC headquarters with an overnight in the IPH and returns Thursday 21March at the end of the afternoon.

The cost is 250 Swiss francs and includes the bus transportation, meals and accommodation.

Participants sent by their National Society are invited for the ballistic round trip but they will have to pay for the overnight at their arrival in the IPH Center.

Any additional hotel expenses cannot be met by the ICRC, and are the responsibility of participants or their sponsors.

For those who are interested to participate to this visit we thank you to mention it in the application form.


The deadline for applications is 31 December 2012

A selection will be made according to:

  • Candidates profile
  • Affiliation to Red Cross or Red Crescent or other humanitarian organization
  • Commitment to work in the humanitarian field in war zones

A reply will be given to all applicants by mid January