Welcome to the Scientific Programme of the 16th IHPBA World Congress, 2024

Letter from the IHPBA 2024 Scientific Programme Chair - Click Here

The 4-day, multiple stream, 2024 World Congress program will give you the opportunity to hear from the leading experts in HPB surgery.

An outstanding scientific programme that combines current evidence and state-of-the-art technology has been organised and will provide an excellent opportunity for learning and discussion.  The IHPBA 2024 Scientific Program Committee and the Local Organising Committee are continuing to work hard to provide a diverse scientific program with participation from a variety of international speakers.

IHPBA 2024 Scientific Programme Overview is available to view in PDF format via the links below:

Post Graduate Course Programme:

Early Career Group Research Retreat:

HCC Legacy Programme: 

Scientific Programme Session Types:

The scientific programme will include a mixture of session types throughout the congress. 

Living Legends - Click Here
Not to be missed - an opportunity to hear from some of the most important surgeons in our field who have stamped their mark on the field of HPB surgery.  Each will speak on a separate topic reflecting their career’s passion (Pancreas, Transplant and HPB 360) in exclusive plenary sessions throughout the Congress.

State-of-the-Art Lectures - Click Here
These presentations include highly topical subjects in HPB surgery. Leading international speakers with considerable expertise in their subject, have been invited to conduct these presentations. These lectures are scheduled during prime time in the programme, with no other activities scheduled at the same time to ensure maximum attendance.

Thomas Starzl Memorial Lecture - Click Here
Thomas Earl Starzl (March 11, 1926 – March 4, 2017) was an American physician, researcher, and expert on organ transplants.  He performed the first human liver transplants and has often been referred to as “the father of modern transplantation.”  In recognition of his many contributions and to honour his legacy, the Thomas Starzl lecture has become a permanent feature of IHPBA’s biennial World Congress.

Meet the Expert - Click Here
These exciting sessions will be led by experts in their field and will explore topics in depth, giving you the latest updates and thinking from those at the frontline of research.  Meet the Expert breakfast sessions allow delegates to meet in a small group where the format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives. To foster a more intimate learning environment, space is limited to 50 people and a nominal fee will be charged. Tickets will be available to purchase during the registration process.

Symposia are significant educational sessions aimed at critically reviewing diverse aspects of a specific topic. Moderators will oversee 4-6 focused talks which probe the depth of the topic.  The target audience consists of delegates who are primarily interested in the subject or wish to update their knowledge in the area. Audience interaction will be prominent with robust “Question and Answer” opportunities.  Many of the symposia will feature Multidisciplinary, Technical, or Scientific themes.

A selection of special sessions has also been organised during the congress.

IHPBA Meets “Societies”
These symposia will be hosted jointly by Partner Societies. Speakers selected from IHPBA and the Partner Society will contribute in a facilitated symposia, providing an opportunity for exchange of ideas, debate and discussion.  Partner Societies who have agreed to participate at the congress are: 
  • Compagnons Hepato-Biliaires
  • European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association (ELITA)
  • International Consortium on Minimally Invasive Pancreas Surgery(I-MIPS)
  • International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS)
  • International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS)
  • International Society For Fluorescence Guided Surgery (ISFGS)
  • International Society of Liver Surgeons (ISLS)
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
  • United European Gastroenterology (UEG) 

These sessions allow speakers to debate controversial topics in an attractive format which provides “food for thought”. Questions for which we have no good answers yet are featured.  This motif is always lively and entertaining. The faculty chosen for these sessions are highly acclaimed clinicians with passion for their positions.

These are sessions in which speakers are expected to provide objective, exhaustive reviews in a field, either clinical or basic. Issues regarding diagnosis, management and different aspects of research will be evaluated. They are addressed to participants who wish to acquire practical knowledge on a specific subject.  The presenter’s own clinical acumen will allow for clinical interpretation of the data presented.  An interactive discussion with the audience at the end of the session is expected.

“Best of the Best” Session
The Top 12 competitive abstracts of the Congress, the “Best of the Best”, will be featured in a session open to the full membership.  These represent investigations and results that will likely make a significant impact on how HPB surgery is practiced.  Presenters will have 15 minutes including questions and answers.  Each will be discussed by a preeminent thought leader in the field. 

Oral Presentation Sessions 
These fast-paced sessions showcase the highest quality abstracts from the event. You will hear directly from the authors themselves and have the chance to question them on their work.

E-Poster Presentations
We are offering all ePoster presenters the opportunity to submit their ePoster with or without a recorded voiceover.  Delegates will also have the opportunity to contact the author through the ePoster platform.

Rapid Fire Poster Presentations
Select, high ranking abstract presenters will have the opportunity to give a rapid-fire (5min) podium presentation on their poster. These sessions will feature an enthusiastic moderator who will generate discussion among an audience of interested delegates. 

Video Abstract Presentations
Video abstract presentations will also be included in the programme with select, high ranking video presentations being offered podium presentation.  Each video presentation will be 8 minutes with two minutes of subsequent questions and answers.  All accepted video abstracts will be available to view in the eVideo gallery.