The FIGO Congress in Rome promises to be informative, innovative and interesting. The most important international organisations in obstetrics and gynaecology have been consulted and all have suggested up-to-date topics and expert speakers in their areas of special interest. There will therefore be new and exciting presentations in each subspecialty area (Gynaecological Oncology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Medicine, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Urogynaecology). Problems relevant to work in low resource settings will be discussed in each of these areas and will also be separately featured. Topics specific to FIGO will include the roles of professional societies in providing leadership and in capacity building, new classifications for tumour staging and for uterine bleeding and international educational initiatives.
A new and valuable feature of this Congress will be the transmission of live surgery from several European centres. In addition there will be important keynote lectures, symposia, oral communications, poster displays, videos and special sessions sponsored by international organisations. The programme should include topics of interest to every obstetrician and gynaecologist. I hope that you will be able to attend.
Professor Bill Dunlop
Chairman of the FIGO 2012 Scientific Programme Committee