Dear colleagues and friends,
We warmly invite you to Athens for the 12th Congress of the European Society of
Contraception and Reproductive Health (20-23 June 2012).
The title of the congress “Myths and misconceptions versus evidence on contraception”
reflects the fact that despite dissemination of information, the availability of
contraceptives and the achievements in the fields of reproductive health, there are still
misconceptions, bordering on obsession. These misconceptions greatly affect the will
of couples to rely on contraception therefore limiting its use.
Studies have shown that where contraceptive use is inaccessible or of low quality,
there are consequences for people’s reproductive health, especially to the younger
age groups. Furthermore, well conducted studies have demonstrated great deficiencies
in the knowledge of contraception and the existence of misconceptions even
among medical doctors, including gynaecologists.
Presentations based on the results of evidence based studies should reveal the truth
about contraception and dispel the common myths and misconceptions. We have
the ambition and the decisiveness to contribute to the achievement of this goal with
the organisation of the 12th ESC Congress.
The format of the congress will be with a wide variety of topics and sessions. A considerable
proportion of the scientific programme will be interactive, including meet the
expert sessions and workshops.
There is no better place in Europe to discuss these topics than the beautiful city of
Athens. Athens is a unique city, combining the splendour of its ancient past with the
radiance of modern, living capital. Innumerable cultural venues, leading museums
and sites of immense archaeological importance make Athens a city of unsurpassed
cultural heritage. All in one Athens offers a visitor experience that is second to none.
June marks the first summer month in Greece so it is ideal to tag a short holiday on to
your stay: unique destinations and beautiful scenery await you: historical and cultural
heritage, wonderful beaches, night life, picturesque villages…
So join us in Athens!
President of the 12th ESC
Congress President of the ESC