Welcome to FESSH 2024 in Rotterdam

Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to invite you to attend the 2024 FESSH meeting in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Due to the Covid pandemic, we had to change the meeting in 2021 to an online meeting only. Fortunately in 2024, we are very happy to host the FESSH congress which will have lots of opportunities for both educational exchange as well as social interaction with colleagues and friends.

With our experience of organizing in 2021, we will put together a fantastic program.
The program includes multiple parallel sessions to offer as much educational content as possible for everyone’s interest. Together with the Journal of Hand Surgery European volume, we will offer several sessions, for example on for best cited and most downloaded papers, how to write best a paper, statistics and more research related sessions. Also, the program will have several instructional courses, case discussion, workshops and the traditional EWAS session. Even live surgery sessions in the Cad lab will be included.
As the theme of the meeting is peripheral nerve surgery, we will focus on all aspects of nerve surgery ranging, from brachial plexus to neuropathic pain

The social program includes the FESSH Party on very trendy location in Rotterdam.

In closing, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Rotterdam in June 2024. The venue location is in a vibrant city with great cuisine, exquisite art and Europe largest harbor with an impressive skyline. It is not a surprise that Rotterdam has been awarded the number 5 destination in the Lonely Planet.
It promises to be a fantastic program that will only get better with your input as participants!
Come to join us, to innervate and excite!

Warm greetings,

Brigitte van der Heijden & J. Henk Coert
Presidents FESSH 2024

Main theme

Innervate and excite

Instructional Course

Peripheral nerve surgery of upper extremity

Congress dates

26-29 June 2024

Extended abstract submission deadline

10 December 2023

Author notification

15 January 2024

Online registration launch

15 January 2024



Organizing Committee

President: Brigitte van der Heijden (NL)
President: J. Henk Coert (NL)

Johan Vehof (NL)
Mick Kreulen (NL)
Krisztina Szigedi (HU)
Nandor Matrai (HU)

Scientific Committee

Chairman: Piotr Czarnecki (PL)

Frederik Verstreken (BE)
Jan Debeij (NL)
Gürsel Leblebicioğlu (TR)
Daniel Herren (CH)
Niels Schep (NL)
Zaf Naqui (GB)
Simon Farnebo (SE)
Philippe Liverneaux (FR)
Pierluigi Tos (IT)
Luria Shai (IL)
Radek Kebrle (CZ)
Ana Pinto (PT)
Alex Lluch (ES)
Leila Harhaus (DE)
Erik Walbeehm (NL)
Kim Casañas (ES)
Ole Reigstadt (NO)
Anne Vochteloo (NL)
Ilse de Greef (BE)
Balazs Lenkei (HU)

Instructional Course

Special Issue Editors:
J. Henk Coert (NL)
Pierluigi Tos (IT)
Tim Hems (GB)
Brigitte van der Heijden (NL)


Abstract Submissions

Main topics

3D applications
Arthritis small joints
Arthritis wrist
Basic research
Bone reconstruction
Brachial Plexus
Congenital malformations
Corrective osteotomies of the hand and forearm
Diagnostics in hand/wrist surgery
Distal radio-ulnar joint
Distal radius fracture
Dupuytren’s disease
Fracture small joint
Ligament reconstruction
Lymphatic problems of the hand and upper extremity
Nerve compression syndromes
Nerve pain
Nerve repair/reconstruction
Nerve transfer
Outcome measurement
Pediatric Surgery
Rheumatoid arthritis
Scaphoid fracture
Scaphoid reconstruction
Small joints arthroscopy
Soft tissue reconstruction
Tendon transfer
Tendon surgery
Tetraplegia and spasticity
Tissue engineering in hand surgery
Ulnar side wrist pain
Wrist arthroscopy
Wrist biomechanics

Presentation types

Oral presentations
E-poster presentation
Junior doctor session presentation

A junior doctor session is meant to be a session, where juniors make presentations which they believe are interesting for junior doctors and which do not need to reach the same scientific level as in regular sessions. The number of presentations in this session will be quite restrictive.

Publication of abstracts

Abstracts of accepted presentations will be published as an online pdf available through the FESSH website.

Abstract submission is now open

How to submit

  1. Apply for password
    For submitting an abstract you must apply for a password by clicking the abstract submission button below and select "password request".
  2. Get password by e-mail
    Password is sent in e-mail. Should your password not arrive in 3 hours send a short note to the email below instead of making a double registration.
  3. Log-in to the system
    Login name and password are case sensitive. Do not use a password, which you use at other sites.
  4. Ask for assistance
    Should you need assistance send a message to abstract@fessh2024.com.

Open Submission System

Extended Deadlines:
Submission: 10 December 2023 midnight (CET)
Author notification: 15 January 2024


FESSH/NVvH Congress Fellowship Rotterdam 2024
10-29 June 2024

What is the FESSH/NVvH Congress Fellowship scheme?

Hand surgeons (senior registrars, fellows and junior consultants within 4 years of independent practice, or equivalent) may apply to complete a 2 weeks observership at leading hand surgery units across the Netherlands. Fellows will each visit two centers in the Netherlands in order to observe international experts in different fields such as arthroplasty, arthroscopy, congenital, microsurgery, peripheral nerve surgery and traumatology. Moreover, a teaching day and a cadaver lab in Rotterdam will be included in the two days before the congress. The aim of this Congress Fellowship Scheme is to promote excellence in hand surgery, support the development and delivery of high-quality care and to build global networks and collaboration. Please note that scrub in is not available due to legal limitations.

The fellowship will include free congress registration and accommodation with travel between centres in the Netherlands during the whole stay.

Who is eligible to apply for the FESSH/NVvH Congress Fellowship Rotterdam 2024?

Surgeons with an interest in hand surgery and being member of one of the FESSH Member Societies. For FESSH member status please check https://fessh.com/member-societies Surgeons in training in hand surgery or within four years of independent practice who have passed or are studying for the EBHS Exam. A track record in research (clinical or experimental) is an advantage.

If you are successful in your application you will be asked to write a report summarizing your experience after the congress. This report shall be one page including 2 pictures and may be published by FESSH. Your fellowship certificate will be sent to you upon receipt of the report.

What should be included with your application?

  1. Completed application form
  2. CV (total 4 pages max)
  3. Two letters of reference supporting your application
  4. Certification of membership of your national hand society (member of FESSH)

Who is an appropriate referee?

  1. Senior colleagues with whom you have trained or worked within the last three years.
  2. Head of Department, Consultant colleague (or equivalent) or Supervisor.

Letter of reference guidance:

  1. Should be completed on headed paper from the referees' institution or hospital.
  2. Files must be saved as Microsoft Word or PDF as: [First name] [Last name] Fellowship Reference.
  3. Details of the applicant's progress and achievements in hand surgery to date.
  4. Details of how the fellowship is expected to benefit the applicant.
  5. Details of how the applicant will apply their fellowship learning in their future career.

Please upload the following documents

1-2. References (x2) (Format: Microsoft Word or PDF on headed paper)
3. CV (Format: Microsoft Word or PDF)
4. Certification of membership (Format: Microsoft Word or PDF)

Application is now closed

Submission deadline

Saturday the 25th November 2023 (23:00 Central European time)


Registration opens 15 January 2024

Registration fees

Early fees
if payment received
before and on 15 March 2024
Standard fees
if payment received
before and on 15 May 2024
Late & Onsite fees
if payment received
after 15 May 2024
Deadlines are 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the dates indicated
FESSH Member Surgeons* EUR 500 EUR 600 EUR 700
Non FESSH Member Surgeons EUR 550 EUR 650 EUR 750
Surgeons below 35 ** EUR 250 EUR 300 EUR 350
Therapists EUR 300 EUR 340 EUR 380
Exhibitor's extra staff *** EUR 250 EUR 300 EUR 350

Registration fees include

  • Attendance to all scientific sessions & exhibition
  • Certificate of attendance
  • CME Credit
  • Opening ceremony
  • Welcome reception
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Coffee breaks
  • VAT

* Surgeon participants from countries that are full members in FESSH are entitled for a FESSH Member Surgeon registration fee.

** Surgeons born in or after 1989 are entitled for this fee.

*** Extra badges for exhibitors’ staff during the congress, available only for exhibiting companies. This fee excludes doctors and the congress documentation. Cannot be used as an exhibition only pass.


All payments should be made in EUR.

Payment by credit card

The online registration platform is a secure site. Payment by credit card is highly recommended as the registration can be confirmed immediately. Major credit cards (American Express, VISA and MasterCard) are accepted. Please enter all relevant information on the registration form. Upon completion of the online registration process, you will receive an invoice / receipt by email.

Payment by bank transfer

All payments should be made in EUR and sent to Congressworks Llp to below bank account. Payments should be made free of all bank charges and commissions.
Payments by bank transfer are accepted till 15 May 2024.

Payment receipts

A taxable invoice/receipt will be issued on all incoming payments. Invoices will be prepared for the customer name indicated on the registration form. Please note that the Registration Secretariat is not able to modify the customer name on issued invoices so please take care of the right billing address when you fill in the registration form.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Full cancellation of your participation must be emailed to the Registration Secretariat at registration@fessh2024.com.

The following cancellation fees will apply:

Registration fees
- Cancellations received before or on 15 April 2024: 80% of the fee will be refunded.
- Cancellations received after 15 April 2024: no refund is available.

Invitation letter for visa application

All delegates requiring a letter of invitation for visa application purposes may request this letter in email from the Registration Secretariat. We will not be able to issue any letter of invitation without receiving the registration and the payment of the required registration fees. Please note that the organizers will not be able to contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office on behalf of a delegate.

Should your visa application be declined, you can send a request for a refund of the registration fees to Registration Secretariat by e-mail (registration@fessh2024.com) before 15 April. A scanned copy of the visa decline letter should be attached to your request. For requests received after 10 April no refund is possible.

A handling fee of 30 EUR will be applied for such refunds and all payment charges will be at your expense.


Hotel Accommodation

HMC Reservations has been appointed as the official housing agent for the FESSH 2024 Congress in Rotterdam. Their team of experts have been negotiating on your behalf to offer preferential rates in the most strategic hotels, location and quality wise.

Visit their secured accommodation website to find the up to the minute availability and get access to the best deals! End of June is going to be very busy congress period in Rotterdam, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively if you have group requirements, their dedicated team would be delighted to work on a personalised proposal for you. Please email them on mail@reservations.nl.


Exhibition & Sponsorship

We are excited to present our plans for the 2024 FESSH Congress in Rotterdam. With the help of your valued contribution, we are aiming to bring together all colleagues from the field of hand surgery.

We welcome participation in a variety of ways:

  • Different levels of sponsorship
  • Exhibition space
  • Lunchtime industry sessions
  • Advertising opportunities

If you are interested, please ask for a detailed offer:


We look forward to welcoming you in Rotterdam!



De Doelen ICC
Schouwburgplein 50
3012 CL Rotterdam, The Netherlands


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