Ljubljana, Slovenia

Live Event dates:  Register for either course or both!
A virtual option (not hybrid)  is offered.  More info.
Vulvovaginal Disease Update (IU) - September 13-14, 2024
World Congress (WC) -September 16-18 2024
Time(s): 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

*Additional workshops with fees are available on Saturday. These will not be available for registration on-site and have very limited seating. 

Online access will be available through Jan 31. 2025 for all registrants. 

This is a Language Accessible Event 

We are offering live translation into audio and captions for 26 languages at the event for no extra charge to make it language-accessible to everyone. Attendees access translation with their phone or computer. 

Abstract Submissions are now closed.

Cankarjev Dom
Prešernova cesta 10, 
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Up to Date Evidence-based science
On-Demand Content
Online Exhibits
Online Networking
Live with Social events included*
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Live Networking

Registration & Pricing- $USD


*All fees posted in USD. There is a currency converter at the top of this page.

IU Member$400$500
IU Non Member$450$550
IU Resident*$50$50
IU Regional Discount**$250$250
WC Member$600$700
WC Non Member$650$750
WC Resident*$100$100
WC Regional Discount**$325$325
Both Member$825$975
Both Non Member$925$1075
Both Resident*$125$125
Both Regional Discount**$575$575

All fees are in US Dollars.

Early Rates End on April 30, 2024 Midnight EST.

All pricing includes applicable Slovenian VAT.

You will receive a VAT invoice once our Slovenian VAT number is granted.

*Resident Pricing is limited. Preference to those who are members or attending with a registered participant.

**Regional Discounted Countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Rates will be applied at checkout based on your billing address.



Cankarjev Dom

Cankar Hall

Prešernova cesta 10,

1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

A payable car park and a parking garage are located next to the congress centre.

Abstract submission

Have you begun your research?

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS-Deadline to submit: March 1, 2024.

The Scientific Committee encourages the submissions of original research for abstract presentations. Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee.

The accepted abstracts will be included in a special supplement edition of our Journal-The Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease (JLGTD).

Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (excluding the title, authors, and affiliations) with up to three images, graphs, etc.

Disclosure of financial relationships that the author(s) may have with the manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services, should be indicated in the submission.

Commercial presentations are not permitted. Sponsored Symposia are available.

Presenting authors of abstracts must be registered participants for the live program.

Membership is not a requirement for submission. Although, membership offers many benefits.

Available Abstract Prizes

  • Best Abstract
  • Best Poster
  • Sobel Prize-for the best abstract regarding vulvovaginal disease

Abstracts will be accepted from members and non-members. Members who wish to apply for Fellowship status must apply for Candidate Status.

Become a Candidate for Fellowship

View Sample Abstract Submission Form

Submit an Abstract

Scientific Program


The hands on workshops are offered on Saturday are part of the International Vulvovaginal Disease Update and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Due to the nature of the course, very limited seats are available. These courses are only available to those registered for the International Vulvovaginal Disease Update held on Friday/Saturday, September 13 & 14, 2024. If you register and cannot attend, please let us know so we can offer your seat to another. These sessions are also not available to virtual participants. And recordings will not be available on the virtual platform.


Hotel accommodation
Ljubljana and the hotels from our list are easily accessible from the airport, since there are only 25 km from Jože Pučnik Airport to the city centre. Ljubljana has railway and bus stations located in the heart of the city and all the major hotels are centrally located as well as the Congress venue.

Several hotel rooms in different price categories have been booked in Ljubljana with arrival September 12/15, 2024, and departure September 18/19, 2024 for the conference. Additional nights can be confirmed if available.

It is recommended that you book early. Liberal cancellation policies will allow you to do so.

Prices are in EUR and include one-night stay per room including buffet style breakfast (VAT and tourist tax included). Accommodation can be secured by credit card only and is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out.

Any changes or cancellations will be accepted until June 12, 2024.
Cancellations before June 12, 2024 are non-chargeable.
From June 13, 2024 to September 1, 2024 one night will be debited to your credit card. After September 2, 2024 the entire stay of accommodation will be debited to your credit card.




Visa Information

Visa information
Participants who require a visa to enter Slovenia need to request a letter of guarantee, which will be issued by the Conference Secretariat. The letter of guarantee is issued exclusively for the purposes of visa arrangements and does not imply provision of any financial or other support.
Letter of guarantee fee is 39 EUR per application.

Information on visas and addresses of embassies is available on the web site of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In case you apply for a visa at an embassy, please fill in the form below in order to obtain the letter of guarantee and fax it to +386 1 241 72 96 or send it by e-mail to registration@cd-cc.si.

Participants who already possess a valid Schengen visa type C or a valid residence permit issued by another Schengen country do not need to obtain an additional visa to enter Slovenia.

How to apply for a visa?
You need to follow these steps:

  1. Register for the conference and pay the registration fee
  2. Register for the Letter of Guarantee and pay the fee https://cankarjevdom.eventsair.com/2024-issvd/accommodation.
  3. Fill in the form below and send your request for letter of guarantee to registration@cd-cc.si. Please include a copy of your registration receipt.
  4. After we have received the filled-in form we will issue a letter of guarantee and send you a copy by email and an original by post.
  5. Should you require the letter of guarantee immediately please inform us about it. We can arrange shipping by DHL. However, DHL costs need to be paid in advance.
  6. After you have received your letter of guarantee contact the embassy that can issue your visa.
  7. Letter of Guarantee

Social Program

One ticket to the social program will be included for the first 500 live registrants and their paid guests*. A waitlist will be used for any additional registrants.

The social event will be held at Ljubljana Castle on Tuesday, September 17th from 1900-2200.

Take the funicular up the hill to the Castle and enjoy many foods from all around Slovenia, great drinks and fabulous views of the city. It will be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones!

*Tickets are not transferable

Flight Discount

We have arranged for a discount code on KLM Airlines. Use this link to book flights. Use Event ID: 41373AF

Don't forget to check nearby airports: use this link

Airport Transfer Info

The scheduled 2024 introduction of ETIAS, a special travel authorization covering most of Europe, has now been postponed until May 2025.

There are no Ridesharing Apps in Slovenia (Uber/Lyft, etc).

Taxi will cost from 20-45 Euro.

Transfer from LJU Airport for approx. 12 Euro.

BOOK A TRANSFER with a $5 discount-Private or Shared


To ride a bus, the Urbana card is needed; the card can be purchased at vending machines and some convenience stores. The price of the card itself is 2 EUR. After purchase, charge the card as needed at the vending machine; one fare costs 1.30 EUR and includes a 90-minute ride with transfer on any bus. After entering the bus, you must touch the validating machine (located next to the driver) with the card; thus, the fare is deducted from the credit on the card. For more information see the webpage of Ljubljana City Public Transport.


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU)

See this link for other airport options

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I attend the World Congress or the International Vulvovaginal Disease Update or both?

All women’s health providers are welcome to attend either one or both excellent scientific sessions. The postgraduate course is taught by world renowned leading experts in the various specialties of vulvovaginal disease and is a more educational format. The World Congress offers a unique opportunity to hear the most recent updates and advances in the field, as well as the scientific abstracts of our members, fellows, and candidates for fellowship. There are also social events incorporated into the event to foster a feeling of fellowship, collaboration, and networking opportunities.

Can I earn CME hours? CME will be awarded for all sessions you attend. Your attendance can be virtual, live or on the enduring platform. You are responsible for claiming the number of hours you have actually attended up to the maximum allowed per day. Our CME application is pending and we will update with further information, as it becomes available

If I have further questions, where can I contact you? We can be reached at issvd@issvd.org

Everything You Need to Know


CANKARJEV DOM, Cultural and Congress Centre

Prešernova 10, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone : +386 1 241 7100

Fax: +386 1 241 7296

The venue of the congress is the Cultural and Congress, Cankarjev Dom, located in the very centre of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

Health Care

In Slovenia there is no danger of contracting any dangerous diseases, so no special vaccination requirements are made for travelling here. Vaccination against tetanus is recommended, but not essential.


The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to the Conference participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before departing from their home country.


Mains electricity in Slovenia is a 230 Volts 50 Hz system. Slovenia uses the Europlug (CEE 7/16). This is the plug used in most other European countries. Visitors from the following European countries will have to use the appropriate adapter:

- Italy
- United Kingdom
- Ireland
- Cyprus
- Malta
- Switzerland
- Lichtenstein
- Denmark

Visitors from outside Europe will also need the appropriate adapters to use their electrical appliances in Slovenia.

Time zone

Slovenia is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The official currency of Slovenia is the Euro = EUR, which is subdivided into 100 cents. International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. The most popular card Maestro can be used almost everywhere, even for small amounts. Exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and at the airport. In case you need to exchange money, the best is doing this at a bank. Foreign exchange booths sometimes charge high fees, so please check, before you change your money.


Most shops in Ljubljana are open from 8:00 to 21:00, Monday till Friday. Saturdays and Sundays have shorter opening hours. Slovenia is extremely well provided with cash dispensers. Many of them offer other types of services in addition to cash withdrawals.


Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants, but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent (but it is a very personal thing).


Slovenia is a country with an excellent geographic position at the crossroads of routes leading from the cold north to the warm Mediterranean south. On no more than 20,000 square kilometres, a fascinating variety of landscapes can be found, ranging from the Mediterranean seaside and stone Karst to the Alps and the Pannonian lowlands. Equally diverse and attractive is the cultural heritage of Slovenia and its people. With 58,5% of the country covered by forest, Slovenia is the second most forested country in Europe. Its neighbours are Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, Austria to the North and Croatia to the South and Southeast.

For further information about Slovenia, visit https://www.slovenia.info/en

How to Get to Ljubljana

By Train

Ljubljana is an important railroad junction and can be reached by trains from all major European cities. The railway station is within walking distance of the city centre.

By Road

Arriving to Ljubljana by car is easy. Listed below are distances to some nearby cities:

Trieste (Italy) - 95 km

Venice (Italy) - 242 km

Klagenfurt (Austria) - 83 km

Vienna (Austria) - 380 km

Munich (Germany) - 408 km

By Air

Ljubljana is best served by its International Airport at Brnik, 23 km northwest of the city, with daily connections to most major European cities. From the airport, Ljubljana can be easily reached either by bus shuttle service to Ljubljana bus station (approx. EUR 10) or by taxi (approx. EUR 40).

Current flight schedule is avilable here: https://www.lju-airport.si/en/flights/timetable/ .

Important: an early booking of your flight is strongly recommended!

You may also find it convenient to use one of the neighbouring airports such as

Trieste - Ronchi (Italy), 128 km southwest of Ljubljana

Klagenfurt (Austria), 90 km north of Ljubljana

Zagreb - Pleso (Croatia), 141 km southeast of Ljubljana.

You can reach Ljubljana with the GoOpti or Nomago shuttles.

  • GoOpti shuttle service
  • Nomago shuttle

    • Taxi service: approximately 45€


To ride a bus, the Urbana card is needed; the card can be purchased at vending machines and some convenience stores. The price of the card itself is 2 EUR. After purchase, charge the card as needed at the vending machine; one fare costs 1.30 EUR and includes a 90-minute ride with transfer on any bus. After entering the bus, you must touch the validating machine (located next to the driver) with the card; thus, the fare is deducted from the credit on the card. For more information see the webpage of Ljubljana City Public Transport.

Continuing Medical Education (CME Credits)


ACCME Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this hybrid activity for a maximum of 33.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

College Cognate Credit(s)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this hybrid activity for a maximum of 33.50 Category 1 College Cognate Credits. The College has a reciprocity agreement with the AMA that allows AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to be equivalent to College Cognate Credits.


Learning Objectives International Vulvovaginal Disease Update

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

Analyze the basic principles of diagnosing and treating vulvovaginal diseases.

Providers will synthesize the risks and benefits of the menopausal treatments.

Increase their knowledge on the care for transgender patients.

Evaluate tips on diagnosing and treating precancerous lesions of the vulva, including high grade squamous intraepithelial lesions as well as vulvar cancers.

Comprehend the definition of vulvodynia and the variety of treatments used for this condition.

Learning Objectives for ISSVD World Congress

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

Review clinical and scientific knowledge on a variety of vulvovaginal conditions.

Evaluate information relevant to improving women's health.

Analyze how to recognize the disease state and derive the emerging strategies for the treatment of vulvar dermatoses.

Improve healthcare professionals' knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis to provide individualized, evidence-based, and optimum management of conditions that are prevalent in postmenopausal women, such as vulvar and vaginal atrophy.

Apply knowledge on the microbiome of the vagina to properly diagnose and treat a variety of conditions.

Analyze some of the controversies that exist in vulvovaginal diseases.

Analyze novel cancer therapies, synthesize their mechanisms-of-action as well as the efficacy, safety, and potential clinical applicability.

Evaluate evidence-based treatment as well as the management of patient expectations in improving care for patients with chronic pain conditions, such as vulvodynia.


This educational activity is designed for any health care provider or researcher who has an interest in women’s health in particular vulvovaginal disease.


The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to ACOG and International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease and to learners any financial relationship(s) of the individual that have occurred within the last 24 months with any ineligible entities whose products are related to the continuing education content. Financial relationships are defined by remuneration in any amount from the ineligible entities in the form of grants; research support; consulting fees; salary; ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds); honoraria or other payments for participation in speakers’ bureaus, advisory boards, or boards of directors; or other financial benefits. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent planners with relevant financial relationships from planning or delivering content, but rather to provide learners with information that allows them to make their own judgments of whether these financial relationships may have influenced the educational activity with regard to exposition or conclusion. ACOG and International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The following activity planning members reported no financial relationships:
Tanja Bohl, MD Debra Heller, MD

The following activity planning members reported financial relationships:

Pedro Baptista, MD – Consultant: Biocodex; Researcher: Oncgnostics; Speaker: Werfen and Seegene – this relationship has ended.

All staff reported no relevant financial relationships.


All recommendations involving clinical medicine are based on evidence accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients; AND/OR All scientific research referred to or reported in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.


This activity is not supported by educational grant(s) or other funds from any commercial supporter.


CME certificates are provided to registered participants based on the successful completion of the activity, in its entirety, including the activity evaluation.

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2024
EXPIRATION DATE: January 30, 2025

Tours-Plan your Visit

https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/plan-yo... offers you many options of things to do in and around Slovenia.

You may want to review this video: https://www.travlinmad.com/blog/10-day-trips-from-...

Here is a great video of what Slovenia offers:

Don't forget you are very close to Croatia and only an 2.5 hours to Venice.


Experience the city with the official Ljubljana card. Choose either one of three options 24, 48 or 72 hours and enjoy the benefits offered to you by Ljubljana.

  • Free admission to 20+ attractions
  • Free travel on public transport
  • Free guided city tour
  • Free funicular ride to the castle
  • Free tourist boat cruise on Ljubljanica river
  • Free 4-hour bicycle hire


On this guided tour, you will take a walk through the historical city centre of Ljubljana to explore all the major sights and, through them, get to know the city's history, art, architecture, and way of life in the past and present.

Your guide will take you on a walk around the historical city centre, where you will learn the history and stories of Ljubljana's major sights. From the Prešernov trg square, dominated by the Franciscan Church and connected to the Triple Bridge, you will head towards Plečnik's Market and the Cathedral, continue to the Town Hall and the Robba Fountain, cross the Cobblers' Bridge, pass the National and University Library to reach the Križanke Summer Theatre, and continue to the Kongresni trg square.

Duration: 2 hours

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