EWMA 2016 Conference programme

The EWMA 2016 programme will consist of

  • More than 900 scientific presentations in the form of free paper sessions, workshops and e-posters in both English and German
  • 15 key sessions
  • A 2-day symposium on Diabetic Foot activities including an extensive focus on registry and certification
  • Focus on Quality of Life and patient rights, reflected in the plenary and key sessions
  • A symposium dedicated to eHealth with a focus on registry and new solutions
  • Practical full-day programme about wound care and nursing in the community from a European perspective
  • Phlebology symposium
  • Vascular surgery symposium






More than 1000 scientific presentations in 14 parallel streams will offer the participants a variety of topics in wound management Here are the content of selected sessions:


Key session: Biofilm: From laboratory to clinical practice

Thomas Bjarnsholt (DK): Biofilm in general
Andrej Trampuz (CH): Biofilm in relation to wound infections
Tommaso Bianchi  (IT): Biofilm: it is time for consensus
Jennifer Hurlow (US): A Challenging Frontier in Wound Care.

Key session: Opportunities for tissue engineering in wound care

Experts in the field will outline the  opportunities in tissue engineering cellular therapies, focus on stem cells clinical applications of tissue engineering and improvement of care of patients with difficult wounds.


  • Abhay Pandit (IE): New opportunities with tissue engineered products
  • Alexandra Jirkovska (CZ): Bone marrow derived cell therapy in the diabetic foot disease
  • Clemens Schiestl (CH): Best wishes from the petri dishes - Tissue engineering from bench to bedside
  • Speaker TBA: Improved patient care with tissue engineering?


New Technologies in Wound Care

The participants will get an updated panorama of what technology has to offer to wound care professionals in 2016.


  • Bijan Najafi (US): Empowering the patient in wound care by means of the new technologies
  • Alberto Piaggesi (IT): The bio-phisical approach to wound care: a therapeutic re-evolution.
  • Sicco A. Bus (NL): How technology can help in reducing recurrences (and costs).
  • Speaker TBA): New options for infection control in wound management: Cold atmospheric plasma (CAP)


Adipositas and Wound Care

The key session will present the latest research on the challenges of diabesity as well as focus on strategies for surgical management of wounds in persons with obesity as well as include perspectives of obesity’s impact on the healthcare systems.


  • Christian Münter (DE): Introduction to bariatric wound care
  • Kumal Rajpaul (UK): Wound management approach to bariatric wound care
  • Francis Finucane (IE): Physiology/diabesity approach to bariatric wound care
  • Harald Tigges (DE) Complications in bariatric patients with diabetes


EWMA 2016 will also offer key sessions on:

  • Opening Plenary Key session: "Patients. Wounds. Rights"
  • Migration, culture and ethnic skins
  • Evidence and Outcome
  • Management of patients with venous leg ulcers: Current best practice
  • Use of oxygen therapies in wound care
  • Health related quality of life – the patient’s perspective
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Networking structures in wound care
  • Individualized diagnostics
  • Local wound infection
  • Compression Therapy


EWMA Streams:

  • Diabetic Foot and registers
  • Phlebology
  • Revascularization
  • Phage Therapy
  • Antimicrobials



EWMA workshops are interactive and give participants an opportunity to address and discuss particular aspects of the themes of the individual sessions. The contents of the workshops are a mix of theoretical and practical approaches.

EWMA 2016 offers workshops on:

  • Wound Assessment
  • Diabetic foot – assessments, offloading and footwear
  • Clinical trials – are they worth performing in the diabetic foot? What is the recent evidence?
  • Skin care in leg ulcers
  • Pros and cons of in vitro and in vivo model systems to study biofilm infections
  • Debridement
  • Military wounds
  • Electro stimulation
  • Pain management in patient with wounds
  • Cochrane
  • Wound centres and wound centre endorsements
  • Economic downsizing - importance of organization to ensure adequate care to chronic wound patients
  • How we do that: practical approach to clinical practice
  • How to write an abstract and how to make an E-poster
  • Getting published
  • Cooperating Organisations workshop

Free paper sessions and E-posters

More than 600 abstract have been submitted for EWMA 2016. These are presented as oral presentations in a number of high level free paper sessions and as Electronic Posters, which are on display throughout the conference.


Guest sessions

12 scientific organisations with relevance to the wound healing community will facilitate a guest sessions at EWMA 2016. This serves to increase awareness and to allow conference participants to learn more about activities related to wound healing and management. It also serves to increase scientific cooperation and networking with organisations active in thematic issues related to wound healing and management.

The organisations are:

  • European Council of Enterostomal Therapy (ECET)
  • International Compression Club (ICC)
  • European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS)
  • World Alliance for Wound & Lymphedema Care (WAWLC)
  • The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN)
  • European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT)
  • European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS)
  • International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF)
  • Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association (DEBRA)
  • European Burns Association (EBA)
  • European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS)
  • European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP)
  • International partner session: Wound Australia