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ICRC international war surgery seminar, 2010 - programme

11-12-2009 Event

The ICRC is holding its 21st Surgical Seminar in Geneva from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 March 2010. Surgeons and other surgery professionals from around the world are taking part in the event, whose presenters include ICRC specialists on the treatment and management of war-wounded.

Event Info

Where: Geneva

 Time : Friday, 26 March 11:00 to Sunday, 28 March 15:30  

 Venue : Friday, 26 March: Headquarters of the ICRC in Geneva.  The Vice-President of the ICRC will host an official lunch at 12.00. The Friday afternoon session will be held in the Auditorium of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

 Friday, 26 March evening . The participants are transported by bus to the ICRC Conference Centre ECOGIA, in Versoix just outside Geneva.

 Saturday, 27 March and Sunday 28 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 40.

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 s eminar is English. The format is intentionally informal and discussions during previous seminars have been lively.

 The Swiss Society of Surgery accredits the 21th Surgical Seminar with a total of 12.0 CME credit hours.  

The cost of the seminar is 600.-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.

In addition to the Surgical Seminar, the IPH (Internationale Polizeischule) in Hitzkirch (Luzern) opens its facility to Seminar participants for a demonstration of wounding mechanisms on Thursday, 25 March in the ballistic laboratory. The hosts are Beat Kneubuehel, Dr. sc.forens., Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität Bern and Dr Robin Coupland, former ICRC Surgical Coordinator. The round-trip to Luzern (100 Swiss francs) and any additional hotel expenses cannot be met by the ICRC, and are the responsibility of participants or their sponsors. If you are interested to participate to this visit we thank you to mention it in the application form.

 If you are interested in participating in the seminar, please contact:  

Evelyne Zellweger-Schaffer

ICRC Assistance Division – Health Unit

Phone: + 41 22 730 21 85

Fax: + 41 22 748 91 61





Heath Unit

Assistance Division


19, Avenue de la Paix

CH-1202 Geneva

 You will receive, in due time:  

  • An official application form
  • A list of suitable hotels in case you need it before or after the seminar

 Deadline for application: 15th of February 2010  

 A selection will be made according to:  

  • Candidates profile
  • affiliation to NS or other humanitarian organization
  • commitment to work in the humanitarian field in war zones