1st International Meeting of ICOPLAST Trainees


After a few years of talking over the internet, we plan to meet in person!

The first meeting of ICOPLAST Trainees is in Amsterdam on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019.

The aim is to identify what works well for plastic surgery trainees across Europe and see if we can be a force for positive change.

Topics will include collaborative research, training, education and wellbeing.

We hope the weekend will be fun and provide the opportunity for networking.

We are very grateful for the support of the ICOPLAST board for financially supporting the meeting.

Any questions? Please get in touch with icoplasteu@gmail.com.

Overview of programme

There will be informal drinks on Friday night for those who make it to Amsterdam in advance.

Saturday morning is dedicated to collaborative research and in the afternoon we will put together a project looking at reducing the environmental impact of what we do.

Saturday night will include a boat trip, dinner and more.

Sunday is focussed on training, fellowships and wellbeing including mentorship and coaching.

Amsterdam flier landscape

Amsterdam flier portrait


Generator Amsterdam, Mauritskade 57, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Registration is via Eventbrite here. There is a limit of 30 places. It includes refreshments throughout the meeting, Saturday evening boat ride and dinner.

Early bird rate (until 31st August) €50

Standard rate €75


Saturday 14th September

0930 Registration opens. refreshments will be available.

Session 1: collaborative research

Chairs: Ebba Lindqvist (Sweden), Matt Gardiner (UK)

1000 Critical reviewing & myth busting in plastic surgery
1040 Systematic reviews & UK experience
1105 Science of variation
1130 Refreshment break 20 minutes
1150 RSTN, ideas to RCT, patient participation
1215 Outcome measures
1235 Global Surgery
1300 Lunch


Session 2: sustainability in plastic surgery

Chair: Niels Noordzij

– Recycling inside the OR
– Plastic Surgery specific procedure instrument sets: reduce waste and energy in sterilization of unused material
– Can sustainability impact and reduce hospital cost with renewable energy in the future
– discussion groups: what is/is anything happening in your hospital to address this problem? What could we do, what obstacles would you meet, how could you handle that?
– goal: as a group come up with 1 or 2 interventions, evaluate @ 6 and 12 months, make list on site


Sunday 15th September

Session 3: education and training

Chairs: Iris Britto (Portugal), Ernst Smits (The Netherlands), Andrea Lisa (Italy)

The first session will cover current training programmes in Europe and identify good practice.

There will also be information about fellowships and other training opportunities.


Session 4: wellbeing

Chairs: Iris Brito (Portugal), Christina Buckley (Republic of Ireland), Andrea Lisa (Italy)

Training comes with all kinds of challenges. How to cope with the stresses and strains along the way?

Health, exercise, coaching, mentorship and more. . .