Barcelona is hosting this year's Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases World Congress, at the CCIB.


The World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2020) to be held this year in Barcelona, has announced new dates: from the 20th to the 23rd of August, 2020.

A key event for this medical specialty on bone and muscle joint health,will feature a most comprehensive program by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), and the European Society for the Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO). 
Barcelona will be the host of this new edition, the twentieth, will present the latest developments on the scientific understanding of the pathology of bone metabolism in order to share new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The last edition, held in Paris, featured 1416 abstract or summaries, 4136 delegates and 501 awards.


Where will it be held?

The WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2020 will be held at the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB),located in Willy Brandt Square, 11-14, in the technological district of the city known as 22@.

With an exclusive location near the beach and the Barcelona Forum, this striking building, work of the Spanish architect José Luis Mateo, has a capacity of about 15,000 attendees.


Where to stay during the WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2020?

We encourage you to make the most of Barcelona's summer and the interesting gastronomic and cultural offerings of the city from the comfort of a Fisa Rentals apartments for rent for days. Very well connected with the Congress by public transport and next to the main tourist attractions.


How to register?

Registration to WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2020is now open through the form available on the website. Registration can be done individually or as a group from the 10 participants.

The general registration, from March 4th and until the date of the event, has different pricing modalities, depending on the membership to different agencies. You can check the price chart on the official website.


WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2020 Program

All sessions of the congress will be given in English.

The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 20th from 5 pm to 8 pm at the CCIB and will feature the ESCEO 2020 Medal of Excellence and the IOF Olof Johnell Science Awards.

On the following days, the congress is loaded with events: it has symposia,discussions, 7 scientific sessions, 3 special sessions to meet experts in the field, 3 sessions of presentation of abstracts and posters, and plenary sessions,among others.

The themes of the symposia are varied, and several sessions will take place at the same time in different rooms, so we recommend looking at the schedule and detail of the schedule in advance.

Here are some of the subjets of the symposia:


In addition to the different sessions, the congress will feature 9 different awards, including two awards for young researchers, the IOF President's Award, 2 achievement medals,the ESCEO-IOFHerbert Fleisch and Pierre Meunier awards for young scientists, and the IOF award from the committee of national societies.


Course with ECME credits

Independently of the celebration of the event, it will also take place from 1st to 2nd of April, 2020a training course on the basics of osteoporosis: densitometry, diagnosis and management.

This interesting course, intended for clinicians (to be translated in real time to Spanish), will takeplace at the Hotel SB Diagonal zero, located in Plaza Llevant in Barcelona. It will have the participation of European expertsfrom RETICEF (Spain), the medical university of Graz (Austria), CIBERFES (Spain) and INSERM (France).

The course, organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) costs175€ and will also offer 9 European ECMEC creditsawarded by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

We hope you enjoy the congress!

If you cannot attend this year, you will have to wait until the WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2021, which will take place in London, UK, with dates from 8th  to 11th  April, 2021 (which are to be confirmed yet).

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