What we do – Science

ECCO Guidelines

In 2006, we published the first ECCO Guidelines covering the diagnosis and current management of Crohn’s Disease. Since then more guidelines have been developed to become standard references for IBD management in Europe and around the world. The ECCO Guidelines are updated on a regular basis and are available in JCC.  
The ECCO e-Guide is an expanding collection of algorithms based on the published ECCO Guidelines and is managed by the e-learning Taskforce. The content is based on the most recent published ECCO Guidelines and has been ratified by ECCO.
As of autumn 2018, the ECCO Consensus Guidelines projects have covered the following topics: CD & UC Diagnostics and Monitoring, Histopathology, GRADE CD Treatment (incl. surgery),  GRADE UC Treatment (incl. surgery), CD for Paediatrics (incl. surgery), UC for Paediatrics (incl. surgery), Prevention and management of Opportunistic infections, Malignancy, Pregnancy & Reproduction, Deficiencies, EIM and Anaemia, Nursing Consensus.

ECCO Scientific Workshops

Our Scientific Workshops aim at unravelling unanswered questions in the field of IBD and producing authoritative reviews, thus contributing to the body of knowledge. Organised biennially by the Scientific Committee, these workshops address a single question with working groups who perform a systematic review which is published in due course. This is done with the purpose of setting goals for research to answer the question at hand. The Scientific Workshops use patient material to study a given question from different perspectives in working groups of 5-8 members.

ECCO Fellowships, Grants, Travel Awards

ECCO has established Fellowships, Grants and Travel Awards to encourage young physicians in careers and to promote innovative scientific research in IBD in Europe.

Fellowships are created for individuals younger than 40 years, who submit an original research project, which they wish to undertake abroad in a European host institute. The institute will host and guide the fellow for one year and is responsible together with the fellow for the successful completion of the project. Fellowship recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 60,000.-

Grants are created to support good and innovative scientific, translational or clinical research in Europe. These are very similar to ECCO Fellowships, with the exception that the research is typically completed directly in the institution of the applicant. ECCO Grant recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 80,000.-

Travel Awards  give young investigators the opportunity to visit different IBD centres in Europe, to learn scientific techniques or be a clinical observer. Travel award recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 1,500.-.

The N-ECCO Travel Award has been introduced for one IBD Nurse member of ECCO who is sponsored to visit another European centre to observe nursing care. Observational learning is essential for development as an IBD Nurse and this is a fantastic opportunity to gain financial support to do so.

Pioneer Award is our most prestigious award for visionary, innovative and interdisciplinary research in IBD. With a 2-year programme support this award is available for research in own institute (single-centric) or as collaboration (multi-centric). Research results will be presented at the annual Congress of ECCO. ECCO Pioneer Award recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 300,000.-

The N-ECCO Research Grant has been introduced for IBD Nurses to enhance the opportunity to be involved in international research projects across Europe. The aim is to engage IBD nurses who are less experienced in carrying out research, to conduct proper systematic research under mentorship of a senior researcher. The total amount of 20,000.- can be given to one big project, or split and given to two smaller projects.

If you are interested in supporting young physicians and promoting innovative scientific research in IBD, feel free to contact the ECCO Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


JCC – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis is the official journal of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) and is concerned with the dissemination of knowledge on clinical, basic science and innovative methods related to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). The journal publishes Original Articles, Review Articles, Editorials, Viewpoints, ECCO-originated papers, Short Reports, Abstracts and Letters to the Editor. JCC is being published 12 times per year and covers the knowledge and science related to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: The aims are to update, innovate and challenge.
JCC has received an Impact Factor of 9.071 in 2020.

ECCO News is the society magazine of ECCO available online. The ambition of ECCO News is to reflect what’s going on within the organisation and to report on IBD activities at large within Europe.
With this periodical publication ECCO opens a new way to maintain the information-flow on the activities taking place within the society - keeping its members up-to-date as well as all gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, basic scientists and nurses worldwide interested in IBD.