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Dear colleagues and friends,

We are delighted to invite you to the third edition of the Ghent International Endoscopy Quality Symposium (GIEQs), scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday, September 29-30, 2022.

The Local Organising Committee of the GIEQs Symposium does hope that 2022 can be the year of physical attendance, and is planning to welcome an onsite audience of endoscopists, nurses, trainees and exhibitors to Ghent (Belgium) in addition to the well-established online community.

The very successful first digital editions of the GIEQs Symposium brought together over 500 delegates per event, from 37 countries, and confirmed the importance of and the need for educational events focusing on everyday endoscopy.

At GIEQs we believe that there is a need for an international endoscopy congress focused on the techniques that are performed by all endoscopists, every day of their working lives. These include, but are not limited to, painless colonoscopy, small and intermediate polypectomy, gastroscopy and the detection of early-stage precursors of upper and lower GI cancer, the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding, etc. An increasing body of evidence underpins both how to perform these techniques, how to train others in their practice and in which situation to apply a particular technique; indeed applying an evidence-based approach may have a long-lasting impact on patient care.

This is what we mean by quality in Endoscopy – the application of the best available evidence to all endoscopic procedures.

“At GIEQs we believe we can do everyday endoscopy better. Together, using an emerging evidence base we can
increase the quality of everyday endoscopic interventions.” – David Tate, GIEQs President


Further building on the success of GIEQs 2021, we will focus this year on decision making in all aspects of endoscopic practice; these are key moments in the patients endoscopic journey which determine correct management of their problem.

Putting decision making at the forefront of everything we do as endoscopists highlights the key things that need to be done to improve everyday endoscopic practice.

Highlights of the 2022 scientific programme include:

  • Focus on correct and timely decision making with a particular emphasis on a streamlined patient management plan
  • High definition video of important but uncommonly seen clinical endoscopic scenarios to quickly bring a high level of understanding to everyday endoscopic situations
    • Upper GI neoplasia
    • Lower GI neoplasia
    • Common controversies, normal becoming abnormal
  • New ideas influenced by international, local and trainee opinion leaders
  • More case based discussions and real time opinions
    • Live debates focussed on high quality endoscopic videos with experts in the field invited to give us an insight into the decision making process of key opinion leaders: how do they deconstruct problems they face when doing everyday endoscopy?

We encourage you to join us in person to scientifically connect with colleagues and to enjoy not only the symposium but also the wonderful city of Ghent!

We look forward to meeting you in September, be it digital or in-person!


Yours sincerely,

The hosts of the Symposium

Dr David Tate (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Prof Dr Pieter Hindryckx (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Prof Hans Van Vlierberghe (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Prof Danny de Looze (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Prof Triana Lobaton (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Dr Suzane Ribeiro (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Dr Jeroen Geldof (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Dr Helena Degroote (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Dr Lobke Desomer (AZ Delta Hospital, Roeselare, Belgium)
Dr Christophe Schoonjans (AZ St Jan Hospital, Brugge, Belgium)


The GIEQs Founders

Dr John Anderson (Cheltenham General Hospital, UK)
Dr David Tate (The University Hospital of Gent, Belgium)
Dr Roland Valori (Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, UK)


Register Here!


  • Early bird : until 1 July 2022
  • Regular : until 5 August 2022
  • Late: until 28 September 2022
  • On site: as from 29 September 2022

Symposium details


Thursday 29th September 2022 , 08:00 - 17:30 CEST.
and Friday 30th September 2022, 08:00 - 17:30 CEST.


Van der Valk hotel Gent (Ghelamco).
Next to UZ Gent.


Via our state-of-the-art eLearning platform GIEQs Online.