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EHMSG 2023

September 7 - 9, 2023

Antwerp, Belgium

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36th Workshop of the

European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group

September 7 - 9, 2023

Antwerp, Belgium


Dear Colleagues,

It has been 30 years since our group held its annual meeting in Belgium, so it is my great pleasure, on behalf of the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG), to invite you to Antwerp for the 2023 Conference on September 7th – 9th.

Antwerp is the capital of Antwerp Province in the Flemish Region and the second-largest metropolitan region after Brussels. Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea, and the port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world. 

There is a folklore tradition that the name “Antwerpen” comes from “hand werpen”, Dutch for “hand throwing”. A giant called Antigoon is said to have lived near the Scheldt and demanded a toll from passing boatmen. He cut off the hand of anyone who did not pay and threw it in the river. Eventually, the giant was killed by a young hero Silvius Brabo, who chopped off the giant’s own hand and flung it into the river. 

Antwerp is notable for its great painters. Peter Paul Rubens is one the most famous Flemish painters. He had many apprentices working in his studio (now known as the “Rubenshuis” museum), including the young Anthony Van Dyck. It is during that time, that the two altarpieces currently exposed in the Cathedral of our Lady in Antwerp, were produced. 

Antwerp is also a rising fashion city and famous for its local products and diamond district. 

Our venue is located in the heart of the city next to the Antwerp zoo, which is one of the oldest zoos of Europe, and near the Central railway station. The conference diner will be held at the Horta Art Nouveau Zaal where you will be immersed in fine delicacies, that Belgium is known for.  

The EHMSG 2023 meeting promises to be scientifically inspiring, highlighting the latest developments from the Helicobacter and Microbiota field by outstanding researchers and clinicians from all across the world.

I look forward to seeing you in Antwerp in September!

With my best wishes,

Annemieke Smet
President of the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group




President of the European Helicobacter
and Microbiota Study Group

Annemieke Smet, Belgium


Members and International

Scientific Committee

  • Leif P. Andersen, Denmark

  • Emilie Bessède, France

  • Lars Engstrand, Sweden

  • Antonio Gasbarrini, Italy

  • Javier P. Gisbert, Spain

  • Georgina Hold, Australia

  • Gianluca Ianiro, Italy

  • Josbert Keller, The Netherlands

  • Juozas Kupcinskas, Lithuania

  • Marcis Leja, Latvia

  • José C. Machado, Portugal

  • Peter Malfertheiner, Germany

  • Francis Mégraud, France

  • Colm A. O’Morain, Ireland

  • Mirjana Rajilić-Stojanović, Serbia

  • Ari P. Ristimäki, Finland

  • Theodore Rokkas, Greece

  • Christian Schulz, Germany

  • Annemieke Smet, Belgium

  • Herbert Tilg, Austria

Local Scientific and Organising Committee

  • Annemieke Smet, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Nele Brusselaers, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Heiko De Schepper, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Benedicte De Winter, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Sven Francque, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Marie Joossens, Ghent, Belgium

  • Sébastien Kindt, Brussels, Belgium

  • Sarah Lebeer, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Véronique Yvette Miendje Deyi, Brussels, Belgium

  • Philip Plaeke, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Lukas Van Oudenhove, Leuven, Belgium

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