The 16th Congress of ECCO in numbers

6,798 delegates attended the 16th Congress of ECCO Virtual

The 16th Congress of ECCO Virtual – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2021, held on July 2-3 & 8-10, 2021, attracted a total number of 6,798 delegates from 104 different countries. Since the inaugural ECCO Congress in 2006 in Amsterdam, at which there were 350 delegates, participant numbers have steadily increased, as shown in the graph below. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak in the beginning of 2020, we are happy that this high number of delegates had the chance to participate in the ECCO’21 Virtual Congress.

ECCO Congress participation 2006-2021 © ECCO

ECCO Congress participation 2021 - Top 20 countries © ECCO

The pie chart below divides delegate attendance at the 16th Congress of ECCO Virtual by continent. Approximately 61% of all participants came from Europe and about 39% from outside of Europe.

ECCO Congress participation 2021 - Professions © ECCO


The pie chart below illustrates the professions represented at the 16th Congress of ECCO. The majority of participants were physicians (41%), followed by endoscopists (16%) and representatives from industry (11%). Other attendees included clinical researchers (7%) and IBD Nurses, Surgeons and Fellows/Trainees (4% each) along with scientists, pharmacists, and paediatricians (2% each). Students, dietitians, research nurses, radiologists and psychologists represented approx. 2.16 % of all delegates.

ECCO Congress participation 2021 - Professions © ECCO


     High-quality Abstracts                                   

A key component of the success of the ECCO Congress is the rising number of high-quality abstracts accepted for oral, digital oral and poster presentations. An outline of the evolution of abstract submissions is displayed here:

Accepted versus rejected abstracts 2007-2021 © ECCO


Abstracts 2007-2021 - category split © ECCO


     Industry exhibition                                   

This year´s virtual exhibition attracted 17 pharmaceutical companies which were represented with 19 virtual exhibition booths. All together 22 companies were represented with a satellite symposium, exhibition booth and through sponsorship.

Net exhibition space 2007-2021 in m² © ECCO


     More statistics                                   

More statistics and impressions of the 16th Congress of ECCO can be viewed online at https://www.ecco-ibd.eu/congresses-and-events/past-congresses.html.

Furthermore, video recordings of scientific talks and selected educational courses will be available soon for ECCO Members in the e-Library under Webcasts on the e-CCO Learning Platform: www.e-learning.ecco-ibd.eu.

All presentations of the ECCO Congress can be found soon in the e-Library under Documents on the e-CCO Learning Platform at: www.e-learning.ecco-ibd.eu.

Availability of recordings and presentations is subject to the authorisation of the speakers.

Posted in ECCO News, Congress News, ECCO'21, Volume 16, Issue 3