27th WCE 2009 Munich, Germany * World Congress of Endourology & SWL * www.wce2009.de * October 6th - 10th 2009

Welcome Messages

Message from the Endourological Society

Gopal Badlani, USA, President of Endourological Society
The Endourological Society was established in an effort to facilitate scientific dialogue among endourologists worldwide in the form of annual meetings, circulation of scientific literature, and surgical skill training courses/hands on laboratory sessions. The Endourological Society (www.endourology.org) was founded in May 1, 1984 after a meeting in Germany, under the leadership of Dr Peter Alken. It is only fitting that the silver jubilee of the society be held in Germany, led by none other than Jens Rassweiler, trained by the stalwarts of Endourology in Germany, namely, Dr. Ferdinand Eisenberger, Dr Peter Alken and Dr Christian Chaussy.

The Society and the annual meeting have had a tremendous growth, with establishment of many subgroups to accommodate varied interest. It is a pleasure to report that we now have five subgroups. Two of these subgroups, the “Engineering and Urology Society” and the “Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery”, have matured enough to have their own bylaws and elected leadership. The three subgroups “Urologic NOTES and LESS Working Group”, the “International Society Urologic Stents and the “Society of Image Guided Therapy are in the process of doing so. The original mission “Closed controlled endoscopic manipulation of the urinary tract” coined by the founding president Arthur Smith remains the theme of our society.

It has been my pleasure to serve the society for 25 years, and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting, which will be a memorable event based on the organizing skills of Jens & Christian.

Gopal Badlani, USA, President of Endourological Society
Gopal Badlani, USA
President of Endourological Society

Welcome by the President of the German Society of Urology (DGU)

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Manfred Wirth, President of the German Society of Urology
The Chairman of the German Association of Urology is very proud that the 27th Congress of Endourology will be held in Munich this year and that our German colleague, Professor Jens Rassweiler, is the President of this meeting. From a historical point of view, Germany seems to be the cradle of modern endourology since the first cystoscopy and first laparoscopy was performed in my home town Dresden by an instrument invented by Maximilian Nitze and SWL was developed in Munich, where the meeting is located.

This was the past. Today new developments take place every year, starting from robot technology to notes techniques. Therefore a wide range of different topics needs to be discussed. The World Congress on Endourology and SWL is the ideal place for such presentations of new achievements as well as the evaluation of already established techniques.

On behalf of the German Society of Urology I would like to welcome all of you in Munich, an exciting and beautiful city with an impressive surrounding including high mountains and beautiful lakes.

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Manfred Wirth, President of the German Society of Urology
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Manfred Wirth
President of the German Society of Urology

Welcome from the Prime Minister of Bavaria

Manfred Seehofer, Prime Minister of the State of Bavaria
I cordially welcome the delegates of the World Congress on Endourology and ESWL here in the Capital of Bavaria. Minimally invasive techniques significantly progressed during the recent years resulting to a great benefit for the patients who can be treated at lower risk, much simpler, and mostly more cost-effective. This is especially true for Urology with its multiple endoscopic procedures offering new possibilities. Exchange of knowledge concerning new technology is very important. Since decades, the WCE-congress represents the key-forum for this in the field of Urology.

I am happy, that after 25 years this meeting takes place in Germany again, and that Munich has been chosen as venue. With the internationally well-connected new airport, the excellent infrastructure for meetings, and its unique atmosphere, the city offers optimal conditions for such an event. Munich has two world-wide recognized Medical Schools providing scientific activities on a high international level. In urology, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy as well as photodynamic therapy has been pioneered here in Munich. Bavaria is the home of world leading manufacturers of Medical technology.

I am convinced that also outside the exciting congress program the delegates will enjoy Munich. Eminent cultural buildings and institutions invite for sight-seeing. The famous restaurants, taverns and beer-gardens of the city offer hospitality and sociability to a great extent. The pedestrian area provides all main designer shops with local and international brands as well as cafes to make shopping an even relaxing event. Finally, the Bavarian Alpes right in front of Munich invite for pre- and postcongress tours in one of the most attractive touristic regions of Germany.

I wish all delegates an interesting and informative course of the Meeting as well as a pleasant stay in Bavaria

Manfred Seehofer, Prime Minister of the State of Bavaria
Manfred Seehofer
Prime Minister of the State of Bavaria

Welcome from the Lord Mayor of the City of Munich

Christian Ude, Lord Mayor of the City of Munich
Even for such a sought-after and famous congress city like Munich this is an absolutely outstanding event: For the first time after 24 years, the World Congress of endourology and shock wave lithotripsy is coming to Germany, and it is coming to the Bavarian capital city for the first time. For Munich this is a great honour and sign of distinction, but I am certain that our city will be a perfect host city to this high-ranking meeting with ca. 2,000 urologists from over 40 countries: for once, because Munich is an open city of hospitality and joyful living, a vibrant metropolis of fine arts and culture which will be offering to the participants the perfect compensation for their congress work; on the other hand, Munich is also a centre of medical science and research with a very high level of development, especially in the field of urology. So, all in all, the preconditions for a successful 27th World Congress for Endourology and Shock Wave Lithotripsy could not be better.

In this sense, I would like to express my best wishes on behalf of the City of Munich for a stimulating and informative exchange. Let me extend a most cordial welcome to you all !

Christian Ude, Lord Mayor of the City of Munich
Christian Ude
Lord Mayor of the City of Munich