Welcome Messages

Meet the organizers

Daniel Herren

FESSH Congress President

Maurizio Calcagni

FESSH Congress President

Vera Beckmann-Fries

EFSHT Congress President

Marianne von Haller

EFSHT Congress President

“Hands in the heart of Europe”

How could we better express our commitment for Hand Surgery in Europe for organizing the 25th Congress of the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand 2020 in Basel.

We have the opportunity to celebrate a quarter of a century for an organization that is full of enthusiasm and energy , dedicated to hand surgery.

Switzerland has many unique features that represents the ancient and contemporary spirit of Europe. The multilingual and multicultural foundation, together with its location in the centre of Europe, openly received influences from varying cultures from a number of ethnicities We embrace diversity and for a short week, we welcome the whole world to change Basel into a Hand surgical melting pot, by encouraging exchange of scientific discoveries and rich social interactions.

We are privileged to also welcome our guests from the Association for Chinese-speaking Hand Surgeons. We embrace openness beyond the borders of Europe, because we strongly believe in one goal: to serve as best as possible for our patients suffering from disorders in the hand.

Basel is home of Roger Federer, the famous architects Herzog & deMeuron and of some of the most important pharmaceutical companies. It is bordering with Germany and France, which offers a variety of travel options to explore other locales either before or after the congress.

Welcome to Switzerland and join us in celebrating creativity, discovery and collegiality in Basel.

Daniel Herren and Maurizio Calcagni
The Presidents of the FESSH Congress Organizing Committee

Dear Colleagues and Friends

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Basel for the joint FESSH-EFSHT-Congress 2020! On behalf of the Swiss Society for Hand Therapy SGHR/SSRM, we are very much looking forward to hosting the 13th Congress of the European Federation for Societies of Hand Therapy (EFSHT).

This triennial combined congress will take place in conjunction with the European Federation for Societies of Hand Surgery (FESSH). The joint sessions will highlight and enhance the importance of the collaboration between surgeons and therapists in order to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.

The therapist’s sessions will focus on a wide range of hand therapy topics and aspects of the therapeutic process through keynote lectures, focused symposia and workshops. We aim to create a congress program which is relevant to every therapist working in the field of hand therapy: for clinicians, managers, researchers and educators.

Socializing with colleagues and peers, as well as sharing knowledge and experiences are important and valuable parts of the joint FESSH-EFSHT congress. With its beautiful old medieval town on the shores of the Rhine river, its animated, cultural and vibrant urban activities of a university town, the city of Basel will provide the perfect frame for all social activities.

We hope you will join us in Basel and we look forward to welcoming you!

Vera Beckmann-Fries and Marianne von Haller
EFSHT Congress Presidents

FESSH Congress Committees

Organizing Committee
Daniel Herren, Switzerland (President)
Maurizio Calcagni, Switzerland (President)

Scientific Committee
Andrea Atzei, Italy
Inga Besmens, Switzerland
Henk Coert, The Netherlands
Simon Farnebo, Sweden
Florian Früh, Switzerland
Philipp Honigmann, Switzerland
Radek Kebrle, Czech Republic
Alex Lluch, Spain
Lindsay Muir, UK
Brigitte van der Heijden, The Netherlands
Laurent Wehrli, Switzerland

Instructional Course
Stephan Schindele, Switzerland
Grey Giddings, UK
Philippe Bellemère, France

EFSHT Congress Committees

Organizing Committee
Vera Beckmann-Fries (PT, MME), Switzerland (President)
Marianne von Haller (OT, BSc), Switzerland (President)

EFSHT Scientific Committee
Tone Vaksvik (OT, PhD), Norway (Chair)
Barbara Aegler (OT, MSc), Switzerland
Giulia Pompili (PT, PhD student), Italy
Lucelle van de Ven-Stevens (OT, PhD), The Netherlands
Regula Dick-Kubli (OT, MSc), Switzerland

Workshop Committee
Ingrid Cianci (PT, cert. HT CH), Switzerland
Fimke Donati (OT, MAS, cert. HT CH), Switzerland

Clinical Visit Committee
Patricia Kammermann (OT, cert. HT CH), Switzerland
Jürgen Busskamp (OT MAS, cert. HT CH), Switzerland

Host City Basel

The Organizers would like to thank Basel Tourism for their generous congress support and using their images on the website.

Basel is widely regarded as Switzerland's cultural capital, and with good reason - in this city you will encounter art at every turn, whether you stroll through the beautiful Old Town or visit one of almost 40 museums. What's more, Basel also features top-class modern architecture just waiting to be discovered on a city tour.

This multicultural city is located at the junction of Switzerland with Germany and France, making this pocket-size metropolis an openminded and innovative city. With a central location and first-class transport system, Basel is one of the most important trade and congress cities.

Basel lies in the heart of Europe, on both banks of the Rhine. The city is the centre of the idyllic border triangle of France, Germany and Switzerland – lying between the Swiss Jura, Germany’s Black Forest and the Vosges in Alsace. Thanks to its manageable size and the excellent public transport network, it's quick and easy to get around the city.
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Basel can look back on over 2,000 years of history. There has been a settlement here since Celtic times – and for good reason. Its geographic location between Vosges, the Black Forest and the Jura Mountains gives our city an exceptional amount of sunshine and one of the warmest climates in Switzerland. As well as encouraging a growing number of people to move to Basel, this is drawing more and more major companies to the city each year.
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Your personal guest card will be handed to you when you check in to a Basel Hotel. The attractive features of the BaselCard include free use of public transport, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo, Theater Basel and much more.
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Congress Venue

Congress Center Basel
Messeplatz 21, 4058 Basel, Switzerland


Abstract Submission closed
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Preliminary schedule is due 30 April 2020

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Main topics

FESSH program track

Ligamentous injuries from the acute to the chronic
Arthroplasty of the hand (Instructional Course)

EFSHT program track

EBP: Knowledge transfer into clinical practice

Download EFSHT Abstract Submission Guidelines

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

All abstracts will be available through the online program and mobile application.

Abstracts of accepted oral presentations in FESSH program track will be published as an online supplement of Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume).


Abstract submission opens
15 June 2019
Abstract submission closes
10 December 2019 23:59 CET
Notification to authors
07 February 2020 - extended
Preliminary schedule
30 April 2020

Overview program

Tue 01 Sept Wed 02 Sept Thu 03 Sept Fri 04 Sept
Morning Pre-Congress Industry Workshops Sessions Sessions Sessions
Afternoon Educational afternoon

4th International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop (ITOW)
Sessions & Delegates Assembly Sessions Closing
Evening Opening & Welcome Cocktail FESSH Party (day changed) Presidential Dinner (day changed)

Pre-Congress Industry Workshops

Companies are invited to schedule 60 or 90 minutes industry workshops before the Educational Afternoon within the framework of the official scientific programme of the congress. For more detailed program please contact exhibition_at_fessh2020.com

Educational afternoon

An afternoon of practical knowledge transfer including workshops and presentations. Detailed program will be available in January 2020. Participation at this program is included in the registration fee.

More details will be available later.

ITOW meeting

4th International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop (ITOW 2020) will include presentations covering anatomy, imaging, biomechanics, biology, modeling, observational and interventional clinical studies. Participation at this program has an additional fee of €50. Registration is available through 2020FESSH Congress online registration site.

It is our great pleasure to host the 4th International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop (ITOW 2020) in conjunction with the 25th FESSH-EFSHT Congress. We are extremely grateful to the Congress organizers, who have permitted us to join their meeting.

The purpose of ITOW is to bring together clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines to exchange ideas and disseminate basic science and clinical research regarding the function, pathology, and treatment of the thumb carpometacarpal joint, with a focus on osteoarthritis and its specific pathophysiology.

ITOW 2020 will be held on the Congress's Educational Day, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. ITOW will include presentations covering anatomy, imaging, biomechanics, biology, modeling, observational and interventional clinical studies.

We look forward to seeing you in Basel!


J.J. Trey Crisco, Amy L. Ladd, Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, Douglas C. Moore, Deborah Kenney, and Jennifer M. Wolf

Instructional Course

Arthroplasty in Hand Surgery
by Stephan Schindele (Switzerland), Grey Giddins (UK), Philippe Bellemère (France)

The instructional course book will be included in the congress registration fee and all participants receives a copy.

FESSH-EFSHT Joint Session

Session Organisers
Session Organisers

Dr. med. Jin Bo Tang, PhD Francesco Romagnoli, OT BSc Flexor Tendons
Dr. med. Erik Walbeehm, PhD Tara Packham, OT PhD Neuropathic Pain
Ruud Selles, PhD Miriam Marks, PT PhD Outcomes

EFSHT Keynote Lectures

Keynote Speaker Subject
PhD Dr. med. Elisabet Hagert Proprioception CMC I and Wrist
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Büchi PRISM (Pictural Representation of Illness and Self-Measure)

EFSHT Focused Symposia

Session Organiser Title
Cynthia Srikesavan, PT PhD
Beate Jung, OT
Management of Chronic Hand Conditions
Ulla Jörn Good, OT
Charles Mayor, OT MSc
Neuropathic Pain: Treatment Options
Sarah Mee, OT MSc
Zoe Clift, PT BSc
The first CMC joint: Stability, Instability and Rehabilitation
Gregory Mesplié, PT MSc
Marc Garcia-Elias, MD PhD
Hand Fractures - what's up?
Birgitta Rosén, OT PhD
Pernilla Vikström, OT cand. PhD
How to Engage Patients in Their Rehab after Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Bernadette Tobler , OT PhD
Tamara Hauri, OT MSc
Tendon Rehabilitation: Evidence meets Clinical Challenges
Agnes Sturma, PT PhD Upper Limb Prosthetics
Véronique van der Zypen, PT ECHT - Session
Sarah Ewald, OT MAS EBP - Knowledge Transfer into Clinical Practice
Alice Ørts, OT PhD Client-centred practice in hand therapy

EFSHT Session

Session Organiser Title
Robbert Wouters, PT, PhD Assessments in Hand Therapy

CME credit

The request for the European accreditation of the FESSH 2020 Congress will be submitted to the UEMS/EACCME. The acceptance and number of the granted European CME Credits will be announced in the due time.


Due to the usual high number of posters posters will be presented in digital format.

Web streaming

Presentations in selected sections will be recorded and opublished at the E-Library section of the FESSH website.

Opening Ceremony
  01 September 2020    18:00-19:00
 Congress Center Basel Main Hall (Messeplatz 21, CH-4058 Basel)

All attendees must have official congress badge to attend. The Opening ceremony is included in FESSH-EFSHT 2020 registration. Detailed program will be announced later.

Welcome Cocktail
  01 September 2020    19:00-21:00
 Congress Center Basel Exhibition Area (Messeplatz 21, CH-4058 Basel)

Greet old friends and have a drink together after the congress opening. This event is included in the registration fee.

FESSH Delegates Assembly
  02 September 2020    16:30-18:00
 Congress Center Basel Main Hall (Messeplatz 21, CH-4058 Basel)

Everyone is invited to see FESSH in action. Annual reports of the Council with selecting the 2024 FESSH Congress location.

  02 September 2020    20:00-02:00
 Altes Kraftwerk (Lehenmattstrasse 353, CH-4052 Basel)

We are happy to welcome you at the FESSH Party: an informal party with entertainment. This event is not included in the registration fee and has to be booked separately through online registration. Ticket: € 75/person. Limited availability.
Due to congress postponement day of the FESSH Party is changed from Thursday to Wednesday!

EFSHT Clinical Visits
  1/2 and 5/6 September 2020    

Get a glimpse of the Hand Therapy practice in Switzerland before and after the Congress (1/2 and 5/6 September): You can enroll for Clinical Visits during which you can visit a hospital or private practice and exchange knowledge and skills with a Swiss therapist. More information will follow here in due time.

Registration Fees

Early fee deadline expires in

Standard Fees
paid before and on 10 August 2020

€ 600 FESSH members *

€ 650 Non FESSH members

€ 340 Therapists

€ 300 Surgeons below 35 **

€ 200 Exhibitor's extra staff ***

Late and Onsite Fees
paid after 10 August 2020

€ 700 FESSH members *

€ 750 Non FESSH members

€ 380 Therapists

€ 350 Surgeons below 35 **

€ 250 Exhibitor's extra staff ***

02 September 2020 (20:00-02:00)

€ 45 Surgeons below 35 **

€ 75 Members/non members

€ 75 Therapists

€ 130 Exhibitors ***, accompanying persons

Limited number of tickets available.
Be sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Registration fees include

  • Scientific sessions & exhibition ***
  • Program book
  • Opening ceremony
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Coffee breaks
  • Instructional Course book ***
  • CME Credits ***
  • VAT


Participants from FESSH full member or associate member countries are entitled for FESSH Member registration fee. Check countries at fessh.com/member-societies
Participants born after 1 September 1985 are entitled for this reduced fee. A supporting document should be uploaded/forwarded to the Registration Secretariat as a proof of your age when registering with this fee.
Exhibtors: Extra badges for exhibitor representatives can be given to those whose exhibitor registration has been accepted and require more passes than included in exhibition package. This fee excludes any person who is not a representative of the exhibiting company. The fee does not entitle for Instructional Course Book, CME credits and visiting scientific sessions. It can not be used as an exhibition only pass.

Registration FAQ

For registration you need to create a new profile in the registration system. The password for abstract submission can not be used for congress registration. You will not see your abstracts in this registration profile.

Please click here for the full Registration Terms & Conditions.

All fees are referred to in Euros and are including Swiss VAT. All payments should be made in Euros. Payments by bank transfer are accepted till 31 July 2020.

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
You will find the bank details on the invoice that will be send to you digitally. Please make sure to transfer the registration fees to this bank account within two weeks after you have registered. Your registration is only confirmed once the registration fees have been received in full.

All cancellations or amendments must be sent in written to the Registration Secretariat in email.

The following cancellation fees will apply:

Registration fees
- Cancellations received before or on 20 April 2020 will be refunded for 100%
- Cancellations received before or on 31 July 2020 will be refunded for 80%
- Cancellations received after 31 July 2020 will not be refunded

- Cancellations received before or on 31 July 2020 will be fully refunded less € 20 administration fee.
- Cancellations received after 31 July 2020 will not be refunded

Registration fees for one day only are not available.

All delegates requiring a letter of invitation for visa application purposes may request this letter during the online registration. 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 full refund of the registration fees to Registration Secretariat by e-mail before 10 August 2020. A scanned copy of the visa decline letter should be attached to your request. For requests received after 10 August 2020, the cancellation policy for general congress registrations will apply.

Registrations and payments for FESSH-EFSHT 2020 is collected by Medworld AG, the Registration Secretariat.

All inquiry concerning registration and payment should be made to:

Medworld AG
Sennweidstrasse 46, CH-6312 Steinhausen, Switzerland
Phone +41 41 748 23 00
Email: registration_at_fessh2020.com

Hotel Accommodation

Basel Tourism offers accommodation in different hotel categories. Bookings can be made through its central room reservation portal. The prices include breakfast, but do not include city tax.

Overnight guests will be given a personal BaselCard, which include free use of transport, free surfing on the guest Wifi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo, Theater Basel and much more.

Open room reservation portal

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Radisson Blu Hotel Basel

Steinentorstrasse 25, 4001 Basel

Centrally located in Basel's city centre, the first-class Radisson Blu Hotel impresses discerning leisure and business travellers with its modern design, comprehensive facilities and free high-speed Internet throughout the building.

Room from 289 CHF per night.

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Hotel du Commerce

Riehenring 91, 4058 Basel

Hotel du Commerce Basel located opposite the Messe Basel Exhibition Center. As a congress guest take advantage of the prime location and enjoy the full range of Basels cultural offerings and famous museums.

Room from 120 CHF per night.

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Pullman Basel Europe

Clarastrasse 43, 4005 Basel

In the hotel Pullman Basel Europe the guests will discover plenty of new features: an inspiring design, rooms quipped to a high standard, the modern Fit Lounge and a charming bistro. The hotel is located close to the exhibition center and the old town.

Room from 150 CHF per night.

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Hyperion Hotel Basel

Messeplatz 12, 4058 Basel

The 4-star Hyperion Hotel Basel is located in the center of the city, close to Basel's Old Town and just 300 metres from Badischer Bahnhof (train station on the German boarder). The hotel is ideal situated for sightseeing and excursions.

Room from 320 CHF per night.

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Hotel Basel - urbane Tradition und Moderne

Münzgasse 12, 4001 Basel

The privately run Hotel Basel is an oasis in the old town. It is ideally situated, and you can easily reach your business meetings, all the attractions, museums and shops on foot or using public transport.

Room from 180 CHF per night.

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Dorint An der Messe Basel

Schönaustrasse 10, 4058 Basel

In close proximity to the exhibition centre (Messe), conference centre (Kongresshalle) and Musical Theater, and just seven minutes from the old town.

Room from 315 CHF per night.

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Hotel D

Blumenrain 19, 4051 Basel

The 4-star boutique hotel combines a sophisticated atmosphere with the latest technologies. Located in the heart of Basel, only five minutes from the city centre and six minutes from the Basel trade fair centre.

Room from 188 CHF per night.

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ibis budget Basel City

Grosspeterstrasse 12, 4052 Basel

Thanks to the central location just a few minutes' walk from the main rail station (Basel SBB), many tourist sights, the St. Jakob-Park sports complex and Basel's trade fair site can be reached easily, either on foot or by public transport.

Room from 115 CHF per night.

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Hotel Krafft

Rheingasse 12, 4058 Basel

The Krafft is located in the centre of Basel, with an impressive view of the opposite bank of the Rhine, with its historic buildings and the cathedral. "Simplicity, authenticity and quality" are the principles of this hotel.

Room from 330 CHF per night.

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Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel

Messeplatz 25, 4005 Basel

Swissôtel Basel is located in the same building as the congress venue. This is an excellent base for staying if you plan to visit the historic city centre, numerous sightseeing highlights, you'll find everything within easy walking distance.

Room from 245 CHF per night.

Industry Partnership

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

The congress attracts more than 1.800 international delegates who are experts and opinion leaders in the field of hand surgery. Delegates cover a wide range of professionals including clinicians, hand surgeons, hand therapists and other hand care professionals. FESSH-EFSHT 2020 Congress is the perfect opportunity for your company to gain broad, international exposure.

The exhibition will be located at the 1st floor of Congress Center Basel with access to the lecture halls.

Early bookings are advised. Bookings are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors taking priority.

A wide variety of products is available: exhibition booths, lunch workshops, pre congress workshops, promotional materials, printed items and much more.

Get a copy of the sponsor brochure today!

Ms. Agnes Tarnai
FESSH Management Office
c/o Asszisztencia Ltd.
+36 1 350-1854