About the congress

The German Congress for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery (DKOU), in its latest edition with over 11,600 participants, is the most important congress in O&U in Germany, and even across Europe is the largest in its field.

The DKOU is organised by the German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC), the German Trauma Society (DGU) and the Professional Association for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery (BVOU).

Research and academia, education and advanced training, society and policy are the three pillars of the DKOU.

At the 4-day congress, around 250 meetings witness around 1,800 lectures. In addition to this, over 200 scientific posters are presented. Interested participants can take part in courses, seminars, abstract presentation and expert panels. Furthermore, interdisciplinary events are held where representatives from care professions, rescue services, physiotherapy and orthopaedic technology can meet and exchange ideas.

Doctors can earn credit points in continuing education [Fortbildungspunkte] as part of their Continuing Medical Education (CME). Selected lectures will be broadcast live on the internet. All DKOU-abstracts are published to the web portal, “Opens external link in new window” German Medical Science (GMS).

The events of the DKOU are rounded off with evening events and a varied program of cultural events

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.




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

2017"Movement is Life"Prof. Dr. Andrea MeurerProf. Dr. Ingo MarziProf. Dr. Alexander Beck
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

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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