European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and other Interventional Techniques


Welcome to the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery

The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) was founded in 1990 and since then has become a growing and dynamic organization that continues to play a leading role in Endoscopic Surgery and Allied Interventional Techniques.  Aside from organizing annual Top Level European Congresses in different European countries, the EAES activities in education, training, research, development, and publication are effected through its various Committees.

Dear EAES Members,

On behalf of the Executive Board of the EAES it is a great pleasure to welcome Arjan Appel as the new Executive Director of the EAES. Arjan brings more than 22 years of experience in the congress industry and continuing medical education for health care professionals. He is driven to connect people employing innovative digital channels. Arjan Appel is a team player experienced in transformation of organisations. As guest lecturer Arjan Appel teaches courses in event management at Stenden University in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Arjan will work closely with the Executive Board and the EAES office to realize the targets of the EAES Strategic Plan. He is a spouse, father of three children and avid runner, cyclist and chef. I am convinced Arjan will be a great asset to the EAES and I wish him all success in this new exciting position!

Ria Palmen, our outstanding Executive Director for twenty-seven years, mother of the EAES who has been the driving force of the EAES 24×7 during all those years will work closely with Arjan Appel the coming months transferring all knowledge about the EAES and its activities and procedures to ensure a smooth transition. During the 2018 EAES congress in London, 30th May – 1st June 2018, we will celebrate Ria’s wonderful contributions, loyalty and passion to the EAES.

I am looking forward to greeting you in London!

Jaap Bonjer

EAES President


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EAES congress 2018

Online submission page open!
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The EAES flagship event is the annual International Congress, which attracts on average 1500-2000 attendees and takes place in the month of June. Next year the EAES congress 2018 takes place in London in Great Brittan.

It is for all of us a great honour to welcome delegates from around the world in London from 30th of May to 1st of June 2018.

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Medical internet

Video library

Access our online video library with numerous of educational videos, webcasts and more. Only accessible for EAES members.

Click here for a full outline of all videos and webcasts

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Fellowship 2017-2018

The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery was delighted to announce the nine Fellowship grants for 2017-2018.

The Fellowship consists of a three month training programme in minimally invasive surgery, hosted by major centers located in Europe and the United States. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide exposure to expertise in minimally invasive surgery and for the Fellow to be involved in clinical, educational and research activities at the host institution.

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New UEMS Minimally Invasive Board Exam (MIS)

UEMS Division & Board of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) cordially invites you to the new Fellowship Examination within Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). The examination is offered in collaboration with the EAES.

For more info and to apply, please visit:

Join the EAES

Join us and help us to achieve our aims and objectives. Our strength and influence depend on the magnitude of our membership and substantive representation within all European Countries. Your membership is crucial. By joining the EAES you will enhance your continued professional development and thus the quality of surgical care to your patients.



Hendrik Jaap Bonjer
VU Medical Center
Department of Surgery
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

President Elect

Prof. Andrea Pietrabissa
Professor of Surgery Director,
Chirurgia Generale Seconda Department of Surgery
University of Pavia – Italy

Immediate Past President

Eduardo Mª Targarona, MD
Professor of Surgery
Hospital Santpau
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Mas Casanovas 90, 4ª plta.
08041 Barcelona, Spain

Serve in an EAES committee

If you are interested to serve on an EAES Committee, please submit your application letter along with your CV and a letter of interest to the EAES Office at