Digestive diseases pathology is a major field of activity for many pathologists, either specialized or “generalists”. Therefore, it is not a surprise that our working group (WG) has numerous members, currently 154, from 38 countries, including 9 non-European countries. All WG members are members of the ESP, according to the rules of the society. The WG is involved in all aspects of ESP activities related to digestive diseases pathology, including the tubal gut, the pancreas, and the hepatobiliary system. It is administrated by a “GI” Chair (currently J-F Fléjou, France) and a “Liver” Secretary (currently C Sempoux, Switzerland). The main task of the WG is to propose and organize sessions on digestive diseases at the ECP. Since 2012, 6 to 10 sessions have been organized per congress, including short courses, symposium, slide seminars, business meetings, videomicroscopy. Some of the sessions are co-organized with other societies (UEG, ECCO), as the WG has developed strong relationships with those partners involved in the study of digestive diseases in Europe.
Representatives of the IAP and its German Division have co-organized the Cologne meeting with our WG, including the selection of oral free papers and posters. The WG has participated to the creation of ESP Advanced Training Centres, with two centres focusing on GI and one on liver. We encourage young members to apply to the Giordano Fellowship to have a stage in one of those well-recognized centres. In the future, we aim to develop collaborative research and academic projects between our members, and also to establish links between national groups of GI-liver pathologists that exist in many European countries and our WG.