ECFS 2018
5 Sep
8 Sep

ECFS 2018


The fourth European conference for Fetal Surgery will provide an opportunity to review where we are, how we got there and what the future holds in this exciting field. As well as a stimulating scientific programme involving world leaders in this area, we will also provide the best of Irish hospitality and entertainment! 

Alongside two days of scientific meetings, there will be a third day of fetal surgery simulation.  

Previous events in Switzerland have attracted up to 80 specialists, working in fetal diagnosis and therapy. 


The European Club for Fetal Surgery (ECFS) was founded in 2014 by Martin Meuli (Paediatric Surgeon), Ueli Moehrlen (Paediatric Surgeon), Nicole Ochsenbein (Obstetrician), and Roland Zimmermann (Obstetrician), all from Zurich, Switzerland with the goal to promote fetal surgery in Europe.

The Club aims at providing professionals involved in fetal diagnosis and therapy, particularly surgery, a warm and informal forum to openly discuss relevant medical, academic, and ethical issues, to seek consensus wherever this is possible and meaningful, to set the highest possible standards of care, and to establish an efficient Europe-wide network consisting of truly qualified high volume fetal surgery centers.

After being hosted in the beautiful Sils region of Switzerland for three years, the 4th European Conference will take place in the Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal in the North-West of Ireland under the present chair Dr. Samina M. Dornan, consultant Maternal Fetal Medicine, Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Doha Qatar.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts must be structured as following:

Title (max 75 characters)
Authors and Affiliations (The presenting author must be underlined)
Patient and Methods
Each abstract must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF format (no PDF files permitted).

The text must be left-adjusted, single space and in Arial 12 font.

The maximum word count is 250 words. The text body and additional figures or tables must fit one A4 sheet.

Abstracts should be emailed to by Monday 16 July.


World leading pioneers and experts in the field regularly attend this meeting included:

Professor Scott Adzick, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Professor Alan Flake, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Professor Martin Meuli, University Children’s Hospital, Zurich

Professor Jan Deprest, University Hospital Leuven

Professor Dick Oepeks, Leiden University, Netherlands

Professor Fergal Malone, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin Ireland

Professor Anna David, Univerity College London

Dr Pranav Pandya, University College London

Professor Thomas Kohl, University Hospital Gießen

Professor Michael A. Belfort, Texas Children's Hospital

Dr Carlos Gine, Hospital Universitari de la Vall d'Hebron

Join these experts and many more from Europe and across the globe to discuss cutting edge advances in this rapidly advancing field whilst enjoying the chance to socialise with others in this small specialty, and enjoy the best of Irish hospitality (including the legendary ECFS “surprise team event”).


The special rate for the hotel is €220 per room per night bed and breakfast.  We would encourage you to book your room as soon as possible.

To reserve accommodation at the exclusive conference rate, please contact the hotel quoting reference GECFS and the date 3rd September 2018. 

Please ring 00353749725100 or email