10th Seminar of
the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health

pregnancy or abortion” 

18-19 September 2009 

The Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation Belgrade,

Welcome to Belgrade to The 10th European Society of Contraception and
Reproductive Health Seminar (18-19 September 2009)    

The 10th Seminar of the
European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health “Unwanted
Pregnancy or Abortion” will be held at Kolarac Foundation, the university
centre settled in the heart of the city of Belgrade from 18th to 19th September

The scientific part has been divided into two plenary sessions, free
communication sessions, as well as six workshops. It will review the issues
around unwanted conception versus contraception, including the role of health
care professionals in the promotion of modern contraception and its impact on
the quality of life. Benefits, risks and reasons for discontinuation,
contraceptive choice and use among adolescents and those aged over 35 as well as
post natal contraception are the proposed topics for the free communication
sessions. Practical aspects of contraceptive use are planned for the workshops.
Many international experts, like Jean-Jacques Amy, Dan Apter, Gyorgy Bartfai and
Johannes Bitzer will be invited as speakers to this seminar. Local experts will
also give lectures. There will be simultaneous translation into English and
This 10th ESC Seminar will be interesting for colleagues who want to
increase their own knowledge and wish to share their experiences in how we can
to reduce the barriers in contraceptive use. We are expecting mainly attendants
from Serbia. However, colleagues who work in the field of contraception from
neighborhood countries and other European countries are also warmly invited to
come to Belgrade. We promise an unforgettable social programme, too.
Belgrade (Beograd)
is the capital of Serbia, and has a population of around 1.6 million. It is
situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of
the Sava and Danube rivers. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has
since ancient times been an important focal point for traffic, an intersection
of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. The official language is Serbian,
while visitors from abroad can use English to communicate. There are almost 300
cultural monuments within the territory of Belgrade.

Belgrade has a reputation
for offering a vibrant nightlife with the most recognisable feature being the
barges spread along the banks of the Sava and Danube Rivers.
A more traditional
Serbian nightlife experience including traditional music can be found in
Skadarlija, the city’s old bohemian neighborhood, where the poets and artists
gathered in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
Belgrade has an
extensive public transport system based on buses, trams, and trolleybuses.
Belgrade also has a commuter rail network, and the main railway station connects
Belgrade with other European capitals and many towns in Serbia. The motorway
system provides for easy access to Budapest. The city is also served by Belgrade
Nikola Tesla Airport (IATA: BEG), 12 kilometres west of the city centre, near
Surcin. The communication with the City is along Belgrade-Zagreb highway. All
major international airlines have regular service to Belgrade.

Yours sincerely,

Katarina Sedlecky, MD, PhD Johannes Bitzer, MD, PhD
10th Seminar Organiser ESC



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