Welcome Address


Dear colleagues and friends,


Welcome to the Eleventh International Congress on Spondyloarthritides, which takes place from the 4-6th October 2018 in the beautiful city of Gent. The congress has grown over the years to become the premier international event in the field of the Spondylarthritides. Indeed, the attendance has almost quadrupled since 1998 to include scientists, medical doctors, allied health professionals, pharmaceutical industry representatives and people affected by these conditions from all over the world.

The success of the Gent congress has been underpinned by the quality of the scientific contributions including the state-of-the-art lectures given by carefully chosen guest speakers and selected abstract presenters. The number of abstracts submitted has remained steady over the years, and so we are expecting to select from around 200 high quality contributions this year.

The programme for the 2018 congress will offer a wide range of topics including basic and clinical translational research, genetics, imaging and therapeutics. A highly regarded part of the meeting are the poster sessions which provide the perfect frame for stimulating and interactive multidisciplinary exchanges among attendees. In addition, and following on from the last edition we have planned a lively debate which promises to be educational as well as entertaining. 

New this year is the introduction of the “Gent Oration” aimed to honor a scientist or clinician with an established trajectory in the field which we expect with time, to become one of the main highlights of the congress. It is our great pleasure to invite Professor Joachim Sieper as the inaugural Gent orator in this first edition.

The social programme including the Walking dinner at the Opening Reception, Gala dinner and Farewell Reception are sure to give you the opportunity to catch up with old and new friends and enjoy the magic of Gent.

As co-presidents of the 11th International Congress on Spondyloarthritides we would like to welcome you to this exciting occasion which we are sure will once again, provide the best platform for vibrant scientific and clinical discussions in all aspects of these fascinating group of diseases.

Helena Marzo-Ortega & Maxime Breban






The 10th International Congress on Spondyloarthritides which took place at the Vlaamse Opera in Gent was a great success!
Have a look at the aftermovie below:


Aftermovie 2016 Congress


Aftermovie 2014 Congress