Dear Sir, Dear Madam,

In 2013, Marseilles was the European Capital of Culture. Marseilles 2017, 26 centuries after its foundation, is the oldest French city. It is located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea and the crossroads of Southeast Europe. The site is exceptional, with one of the 3 most beautiful bays in the world, as beautiful as Rio or Saigon (now Ho Chi Min City); it has been classified by National Geographic as one of the top 10 seaside cities to visit in the world.

That’s why our colleagues, maxillo-facial surgeons, stomatologists and oral surgeons wished their congress to be organized around the Vieux-Port! Athletes are not fooled either, because Marseilles has been designated to be the European Capital of Sport in 2017. Having been EACMFS Councilor in the past and having met European friends was a great opportunity to add two “European Days” to our French Oral and Maxillo-Facial National Congress.

Wednesday will focus on the pre-congress course “Aesthetic of the Face. Our 2017 recipes for the young surgeon” in the morning and workshops and symposium in the afternoon. The afternoon topics will be on reconstruction, 3D, traumatology, oncology, in temporomandibular disorder, implantology, piezosurgery, and digital photography. The target audience will be young European surgeons who wants to try, learn or use the new techniques and the new materials developed by you.
The format, from workshops to symposium is fully "open".

Thursday will be Expert European English day, allowing the best European speakers to present their latest Works and perspectives for the future in Facial Surgery. Theses lectures will be given in the large 900 seats room. They will be coordinated by our society and by guest international (EACMFS, IAMOFS, ESGS ...) and national (AFJCMF, SFCO, ANICO...) societies. The target audience on Thursday will be the young European surgeons but also senior surgeons who intend to think how “new technologies” can change their way of thinking and practicing in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; we count on 800 participants. The surgeons will exchange and discuss with the industrial sponsors during lunch breaks at the stands with a beautiful view on the Vieux-Port.
After the « Opening Ceremony » with the international societies and a traditional show, the Gala dinner will close this same day in the Eugenie Room on the sea.

Friday will be a Mediterranean and french speaking day. Coordinated by Lotfi Ben Slama, it will be open to the Francophone part of the congress. Nine of the thirteen topics of our specialty (implant, tumor pathology, trauma, orthognathic surgery, reconstruction, malformations) will be presented. Communications will have the best part, without neglecting posters. They will take place in three areas of the Pharo, always focused on the exhibitors' stands. The reception by the City Council will close the day.

Saturday will be devoted to the three other topics of the specialty, including mucocutaneous disease and aesthetics. The accreditation and political activities will be presented.

Marseilles and the President Congress will be delighted to welcome you from October 4 to 7, 2017, in the heart of the city, around the Vieux Port, in the Palais du Pharo.

Pr Cyrille CHOSSEGROS

Prof Cyrille CHOSSEGROS
President