World map showing location of ESCP members
Global spread of ESCP members, January 2020

ESCP aims to be the leading coloproctology society, and to build international collaboration in research and education.

Sharing research and experiences, and learning from each other, is key to the growth of our field of surgery, enabling us to answer questions faster and avoid duplication of work.

ESCP’s membership extends around the world and we have strong links with colorectal societies in Korea, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, USA and, of course, across Europe. Each year our conference becomes ever more international.

Throughout January 2020 we had a Twitter campaign focussing on exciting opportunities for global networking and collaboration. Look out for #ESCPGlobalReach on Twitter.

In the coming years ESCP plans to extend its global reach and to build on our current work and partnerships, some of which are highlighted below, and has established a Global Reach Committee to take this work forward.

Global Reach Webinar: 'East Meets West'

On 24 July 2020 ESCP hosted our first Global Reach Webinar: 'East Meets West', together with the Chinese Society of Colorectal Surgery, the Hong Kong Society of Coloproctology and the Korean Society of Coloproctology.

The first session of the webinar was 'Get prepared for the future wave of COVID-19'. The second session was 'Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision: evidence and perspective'.

International Research

Cohort Studies and Audits

ESCP is extending the reach of its own research projects with:

EuroSurg Research Collaborative

Young ESCP members are strongly involved in ground-breaking international research though the EuroSurg student and trainee collaborative, established at ESCP Dublin 2015.

International Trials Map

This interactive map, hosted on our website, features medical and surgical trials from across the world. It is aimed at encouraging participation in and the sharing of trials relating to coloproctology.

Educational Collaborations

CREST® online education portal

CREST trademark logoThe American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) and ESCP have joined together to develop and share their educational resources on CREST®, ASCRS' online education portal. Together we aim is to develop a globally-accessible and leading colorectal educational platform. ESCP members have access to CREST®. 

Visiting and Travelling Fellowships

ESCP welcomes visiting fellows from Japan Society of Coloproctology (JSCP), Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP) and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) to its conference each year.

We are honoured that JSCP and KSCP offer reciprocal fellowships to our members:


Following eight successful masterclasses around Europe, ESCP is now planning similar events in other continents.

ESCP Affiliates