Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the European Federation for Colposcopy and the Finnish Colposcopy Society we invite you to join us in the 9th European Congress of Colposcopy to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 8-11th  June 2022.

The EFC was formed 23 years ago with the aims of improving the standards of colposcopy and increasing the equality of all women in the prevention of cervical cancer throughout Europe.  It is a federation of 38 national colposcopy societies and is uniquely placed to both influence and represent European colposcopists. Over this time, in addition to holding large triennial scientific meetings and many European courses, the EFC has developed influential training guidelines and clinical performance quality standards.  These have been achieved through effective collaboration and regular focused satellite meetings that have generated a number of published reports and scientific papers. 

The 9th EFC Congress programme has evolved from the previous ones. We will have a two- and half-day meeting with three parallel sessions. One of the session lines is concentrating in scientific progress, the second in clinical topics and the third in vulvar, vaginal and microbiome topics as well in medico-legal issues. The speakers from over 25 different EFC countries are all at the top in their field. The programme is very versatile with topics from HPV vaccines to screening, CIN management, genetics, but also sessions with interactive cases.

We will have also five Free Communication sessions for oral presentations selected from the abstracts the participants will send to the Congress. The highest scoring abstract will be awarded the prof. Ulli Petry prize in honour of EFC’s former president. In the pre-congress courses on Wednesday 8th June, we will offer a six hours EFC Colposcopy Basic Course as well a Training the Trainers Course, plus Hands-on training: LLETZ and Hands-on training: wet mount microscopy courses. 

Helsinki is a lovely place in June. The nights are bright, sun sets about 23.00 and rises 3.00 and it’s never dark. The Congress venue Grand Marina Congress Centre is in the heart of the Helsinki and lies on a seashore with a lot of accommodation possibilities nearby. Helsinki is a very safe place and offers both cultural events and sights as well as beautiful nature, including the magical archipelago right outside the city shore. Helsinki is easily accessed from every part of Europe with direct flights from most major cities in Europe

And if you didn’t know, the Finns are the happiest people in the world, according to an international study published last year!

Welcome to Helsinki!

Pekka Nieminen M.D., Ph.D,

Laura Kotaniemi-Talonen M.D. Ph.D

President, EFC and 9th EFC Congress.

President, Finnish Colposcopy Society