Welcome Letter


During the 10th European Craniofacial Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015, the European Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ECPCA) was founded. The ECPCA promotes and supports the management of cleft lip and palate deformities, and related craniofacial anomalies in Europe by organizing a multi-disciplinary European congress once every four years for dissemination of experience and knowledge in this field.

Theme of the 2019 congress is Future perspectives in research & therapy. With this theme we would like to explore possibilities such as robotic involvement in surgery, 3-D printing and future applications of regenerative medicine, but also include new developments in modalities eg. genetics in diagnosing craniofacial anomalies.

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Reasons to attend

Reasons to attend Interactive and practical sessions and case studies
Reasons to attend Learn directly from your peers and tried & tested experiences
Reasons to attend How to prepare for the advances in medicine and challenges ahead
Reasons to attend High-quality programme with an emphasis on clinical updates and training
Reasons to attend Shape the future of cleft palate and craniofacial surgery and treatments
Reasons to attend Strong international focus and developments from around the world

The most beautiful canal city is not Venice, Amsterdam or Bruges, but Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. The city has a population of more than 338,000 and is located in the heart of the Netherlands.

Utrecht Central Station is the country’s largest junction railway station and the city has one of the highest bicycle densities in the Netherlands. Utrecht’s wide range of degree programmes attracts many students. The monumental buildings, cellars, old churches and the Dom Tower set the mood for the city.