About the DKOU

3 essential pillars of the DKOU

Science and research, specialisation and advanced training as well as politics and society are the 3 essential pillars of the DKOU.

On 4 days approximately 250 sessions and around 1,800 lectures are held. Furthermore, over 200 scientific posters are presented. Congress participants can attend courses, seminars, presentations of abstracts and expert discussions. Joint sessions make possible an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between representatives of nursing, emergency services, physiotherapy and orthopaedic technology.

Medical doctors can acquire Continuing Medical Education (CME) points for further training. Selected presentations are streamed live on the internet. All abstracts are published on German Medical Science.

The DKOU is rounded off by evening events and a varied cultural programme.

Thematic focuses

Day of Sections and Working Groups
On “Specialty Day” the sections, working groups and study groups of the 3 hosting societies present and discuss their activities.

Students' Day
The Student's Day is designed to get future generations of medical doctors interested in orthopaedics and trauma surgery and to show how worthwhile the field can be. The day is organised by the Young Forum of the German Society for Orthopaedics and Trauma (DGOU), which is actively involved in promoting young talent throughout the congress. Furthermore, the Young Forum annually awards travel grants.

Patients' Day
The Patients' Day is organised in cooperation with the Deutschen Rheuma-Liga Bundesverband. It deals with different topics of importance to rheumatism sufferers.

Satellite Programme
The Satellite Programme of the DKOU offers information of companies and professional societies.

Trade Exhibition
On approximately 6,000 square meter, around 250 companies present the latest developments in the field of medical technology, orthopaedic technology, pharmaceutics and medical services.


The first „Joint Congress Orthopedics – Traumatology” of the professional societies German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC), German Society for Trauma Surgery (DGU) and the Professional Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (BVOU) took place in 2005. One year later the joint annual meeting was renamed in DKOU.

The DKOU is organised by Intercongress.

Mottos and Congress Presidents

The congress is shaped by the presidents of the 3 professional societies DGOOC, DGU and BVOU.

2016"Back to the Future"Prof. Dr. Heiko ReichelProf. Dr. Florian GebhardDr. Manfred Neubert
2015"Beyond the Horizon"Prof. Dr. Michael NerlichProf. Dr. Rüdiger KrauspeDr. Hans-Jürgen Hesselschwerdt
2014"Trust in Science"Prof. Dr. Henning WindhagenProf. Dr. Bertil BouillonDr. Johannes Flechtenmacher
2013"Moving People – Experiencing Success"Prof. Dr. Bernd KladnyProf. Dr. Reinhard HoffmannProf. Dr. Karl-Dieter Heller
2012"Quality, Ethics, Efficiency"Prof. Dr. Wolfram MittelmeierProf. Dr. Christoph JostenDr. Andreas Gassen
2011"Breaking Down Boundaries. Achieving Goals"Prof. Dr. Dieter KohnProf. Dr. Tim PohlemannProf. dr. Karsten Dreinhöfer
2010"Assurance, Reliability, Innovation"Dr. Daniel FrankProf. Dr. Norbert SüdkampHelmut Mälzer
2009"Living with Challenges"Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter GüntherProf. Dr. Hans ZwippDr. Siegfried Götte
2008"Shaping the Future Together"Prof. Dr. Joachim GrifkaProf. Dr. Axel EkkernkampDr. Siegfried Götte
2007"Looking to the Future: Standing still means being left behind"Prof. Dr. Joachim HassenpflugProf. Dr. Kuno WeiseDr. Siegfried Götte
2006"Race against Time"Prof. Dr. Jochen EulertProf. Dr. Klaus-Michael M. StürmerDr. Siegfried Götte
2005"Laying the Foundations, Building Bridges"Prof. Dr. Reiner GradingerProf. Dr. Wolf MutschlerDr. Hermann Locher

Berlin Declaration

The aim of the Berlin Declaration is to intensify the exchange between the professional societies.

During the DKOU 2013 the Berlin Declaration was first signed by the representatives of the Chinese professional societies and the German hosts of the congress.

2015 the agreement with the Turkish Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (TOTBID) followed.


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