It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at the Joint International Congress of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS), the European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association (ELITA) and the Liver Intensive Care Group of Europe (LICAGE) in Istanbul, Turkey, May, 5-8, 2021. The Congress connects the world of liver transplantation and we are proud of its reputation for the quality of science and its strong multi-disciplinary approach.


Why Istanbul? Istanbul is changing – it is dynamic; it is curious, it is diverse – which are many of the characteristics of the ILTS Congress. Turkey is one of the world leaders in living liver donor transplantation, and there is much to learn. East really does meet west in Istanbul. With the completion of the new Istanbul airport – one of the largest and most modern in the world – Istanbul is a major hub providing easy access from around the world, perfect for an international Congress.

The continual development of the Congress is an ILTS priority. In 2021, we will be maximizing interactivity and engagement for our industry partners. The Exhibition Floor will be located just after the Registration Area; attendees will cross the Exhibition Floor to reach meeting rooms; we will be building special areas into the Exhibition Floor to drive traffic throughout the day. We are committed to delivering a strong return on investment for your generous support.

The Congress is well-known for its spirit of community. We are determined to provide Industry with the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with attendees. You will have many opportunities to find quality time to engage with our attendees. Interactive workshops, which can be sponsored by Industry, will take place pre-Congress. On the Exhibition Floor, our Campfire sessions and our Liver Lounge, which will host our popular surgical video sessions, will be a welcome addition. Our Biopharmaceutical and Technological Innovations Showcase, which received very positive feedback from Industry, is scheduled to return. As always, on Friday, the legendary ILTS networking closing event will return.

At ILTS, we see Industry as partners whose products help our patients stay alive and keep healthy. We value this spirit of co-operation. If you have supported an ILTS Congress before, we look forward to welcoming you back. If you have not supported the ILTS Congress, we look forward to introducing you to the ILTS Congress experience.


Claus Niemann, MD


Mark Ghobrial, MD, PhD


Marina Berenguer, MD


John Roberts, MD, PhD

ILTS 2020 Local Chair

Yaman Tokat, MD