Meet the organizers
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
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
Daniel Herren, Switzerland (President)
Maurizio Calcagni, Switzerland (President)
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
Stephan Schindele, Switzerland
Grey Giddings, UK
Philippe Bellemère, France
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
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
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.
Live pictures from Basel are available around the clock from these webcam. You can also take a look at the latest weather report.
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.
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.
Abstract Submission closed
Acceptance notifications are sent out to authors
Preliminary schedule is due 29 February 2020
Please read below information before submitting your abstract!
Ligamentous injuries from the acute to the chronic
Arthroplasty of the hand (Instructional Course)
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.
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).
|Wed 03 June||Thu 04 June||Fri 05 June||Sat 06 June|
|Morning||Pre-Congress Industry Workshops||Sessions||Sessions||Sessions|
4th International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop (ITOW)
|Sessions||Sessions & Delegates Assembly||Closing|
|Evening||Opening & Welcome Cocktail||Presidential Dinner||FESSH Party|
More details will be available later.
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
|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|
|PhD Dr. med. Elisabet Hagert||Proprioception CMC I and Wrist|
|Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Büchi||PRISM (Pictural Representation of Illness and Self-Measure)|
|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|
|Robbert Wouters, PT, PhD||Assessments in Hand Therapy|
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.
Greet old friends and have a drink together after the congress opening. This event is included in the registration fee.
Everyone is invited to see FESSH in action. Annual reports of the Council with selecting the 2024 FESSH Congress location.
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.
Get a glimpse of the Hand Therapy practice in Switzerland before and after the Congress (June 2/3 and 8/9 June): 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.
Early fee deadline expires in
Limited number of tickets available.
Be sure to get yours before they’re gone!
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 12 May 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:
- Cancellations received before or on 12 May 2020 will be refunded for 80%
- Cancellations received after 12 May 2020 will not be refunded
- Cancellations received before or on 12 May 2020 will be fully refunded less € 20 administration fee.
- Cancellations received after 12 May 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 May 2020. A scanned copy of the visa decline letter should be attached to your request. For requests received after 10 May 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:
Sennweidstrasse 46, CH-6312 Steinhausen, Switzerland
Phone +41 41 748 23 00
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
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.
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
Room from 120 CHF per night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Agnes Tarnai
FESSH Management Office
c/o Asszisztencia Ltd.
+36 1 350-1854