The change of formula, initiated in 2007, by starting the congress on Wednesday midday seems to have satisfied everybody as the participation was significant. This year, the challenge lies elsewhere as the Surgical Week will take place during the long 1st May week-end. This has already happened and was most appreciated by all; the opportunity being a nice long stay at our Belgian coast. The theme of the Surgical Week 2008 will be “The place of guidelines in daily surgery”. The scientific programme will start on Wednesday afternoon with the “How WE do it” session. So as to make this session more attractive, a change has been organized: each section has been asked to present one technique or approach with a counterpart (pros and cons). This should lead to more active presentations and discussions. Each section and society has been eager to provide presentations linked to the place of guidelines in their respective practice.