Welcome to the official site of the Royal Belgian Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  On this website you can find information about the Society, ENT news and information pages about ENT operations and diseases.

The Royal Belgian Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery is a partner of the Belgian Professional Union for ENT, Head and Neck Surgery (BBVORLGHC or Professional Association) and VA-NKO.

Spring meeting

Dear Colleague,


The spring meeting of the Royal Belgian Society for Otolaryngology and Cervicofacial Surgery (free communications and awards) will take place on 29 April 2023.

The congress will take place at the Palais des Académies, rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels. 


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 6 March 2023.

Abstracts should be sent to the secretariat of the Society (secretary@orl-nko.be) and to the President (mdefrere@chuliege.be).

Please find here the instructions for writing the abstract.


For the spring meeting 2023 the following 4 prizes of 1000 euros each will be awarded:

  • 1 prize for the best oral presentation in the field of Otology-Audiology
  • 1 prize for the best oral presentation in the field of Rhinology
  • 1 prize for the best presentation in the field of Laryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
  • 1 prize for the best poster 
  • A fifth prize of 1000 euros is foreseen for the Temporal Bone Contest.


For your information, the Annual Congress will take place on 8 and 9 December 2023 at the Palais des Congrès in Liege.


Thank you in advance and I hope you will accept my best wishes.


Prof Philippe Lefebvre

President 2023


Lettre du président 2023

Chères Amies,                                                                         
Chers Amis,
Chers collègues,
C’est en ma nouvelle qualité de Président de notre Société que j’ai l’honneur de vous souhaiter une année 2023 plus sereine, je l’appelle de tous mes vœux.
Je tiens à remercier le Professeur Indesteege pour sa présidence et le magnifique congrès organisé à Genk.
Alors qu’il y a cinq ans nous célébrions le centenaire de la fin de la première guerre mondiale, le conflit ukrainien nous rappelle que la paix n’est jamais acquise. 
Notre société, déjà mise à mal par une pandémie mondiale, fait désormais face à une crise de l’énergie plaçant le climat au centre de tous les débats.
Tous ces questionnements et préoccupations nous touchent individuellement et collectivement et pourraient nous pousser à l’individualisme.
Il est toutefois important de ne pas céder à cette tentation et de continuer à nous réunir pour échanger et partager.  Ces différentes crises nous ont poussés à nous réinventer pour continuer à communiquer.
C’est ensemble que nous surmonterons les difficultés.
C’est pourquoi j’ai le plaisir de vous communiquer les dates pressenties pour nos prochaines réunions :
notre session de printemps se tiendra le samedi 29 avril 2023 au Palais des Académies à Bruxelles.  Comme chaque année les prix seront attribués dans les domaines de l’otologie, la rhinologie, la laryngologie – chirurgie cervico-faciale.
notre congrès annuel se tiendra les vendredi 8 et samedi 9 décembre 2023 au Palais des Congrès de Liège
Dans l'attente de vous revoir, portez-vous bien, prenez-soin de vous et de vos proches et ayez le grain de folie nécessaire pour réaliser vos rêves.
Pr Philippe LEFEBVRE
Président 2023 de la Société Royale Belge d’ORL et de Chirurgie Cervico-Faciale


Academy Confederation of European ORL-HNS

Dear colleagues,

During the last year, the Confederation has developed a “Current Practice in ORL-HNS” Seminars Program, which is branded under the name of “Confederation Academy” to outreach all practicing ENT colleagues.

We are now glad to announce the first Academy Course on March 3rd and 4th, 2023 in Zagreb, Croatia. This educational course is tasked with improving and updating knowledge and skills among ORL-HNS residents and young specialists, aiding in their preparation for national and international exams. 

Besides improving ORL-HNS knowledge, the Academy's mission is to gather young people from all around Europe in a spirit of friendship and strengthening our professional ties.

Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation. Yours sincerely,


Tomislav Baudoin, MD, PhD, FEBEORL-HNS (Hon)

Course Coordinator



Annual meeting 2022. Let’s meet again.

Dear colleagues,

Dear friends,

It’s a great honour and even a greater pleasure to invite you to our annual Congress of the Royal Belgian Society of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery on November 25-26, 2022 at the beautiful venue of the old coalmine site “Thor Central” in Genk.  

We believe we offer you a well-balanced congress programme with not only topics in the three classic fields of our specialty but also some interesting speakers enlightening the fast-changing environment in which we will be providing our healthcare.

We will have an ethic session on both congress days, important for your accreditation and

we also have the pleasure to host at the same time the joint congress of the Belgian and Netherland Audiology Societies.

On top of our programme, we hope to meet many of you to discuss the actual issues that matter in our profession of which the new nomenclature and the reorganization of oncology care in ENT seem to be the most important in my opinion.

Lots of reasons thus to meet again!

Download the program here.

Finally, I want to express my gratitude to Prof. Marie-Paule Thill who, as former president of our society in 2021, was a great help and support in organizing this event.

Really looking forward seeing you all in Genk!


Frans Indesteege

President RBS ENT-HNS

Solidarity with Ukrainian refugees

Dear collegue,

Belgium will be a country of asylum for many Ukrainians. The accelerated procedure to give them legal status entitles them to access healthcare. In the meantime, however, it is possible that Ukrainians in need of care are still considered “undocumented migrants”.
In France, the Confederation of Doctors' Unions (CSMF), which includes both hospital doctors and independent doctors, is asking doctors to provide care free of charge to these refugees, who are not entitled to reimbursement. We hereby also call on you to follow this principle and not to charge a fee.

The Ukrainian embassy has posted quite extensive lists of medicines and medical equipment in need on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UkrainianEmbassyBelgium). It is recommended that you cooperate with the embassy or organizations that can provide medicines and health products to Ukraine. The International Red Cross can be contacted via the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders and the Croix-Rouge de Belgique. You can also contact NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders and others. The intruder may not recognize the status of aid organizations other than the International Red Cross. Unicef ​​also organizes actions for the benefit of Ukraine.

The VBS can undertake to act as a link between the Red Cross and the doctors to collect information and packages. The packages can be delivered directly to Paleis 11 at the Heysel. They are asked not to bring anything more to the Ukrainian embassy.

The VBS is in solidarity with the Ukrainian population. We cannot remain indifferent to this humanitarian drama. We ask you to assist displaced civilians and wounded and traumatized soldiers in this conflict. We are open to any proposal and any action in that sense.

dr. Jean-Luc Demeere
Chairman VBS/GBS

10 March 2022

New conference dates

This year 2022 was to be announced as a year of gradual release from pandemic pressure. Even if this threat has not been definitively ruled out, a new drama has appeared at the gates of Europe: the conflict in Ukraine, which began a few days, will not leave us intact, either individually or collectively.
The members of the Board of Directors of our Society associate themselves wholeheartedly with the suffering of the Ukrainian population and would like to strongly encourage all our Ukrainian colleagues in the face of this tragedy.
Nevertheless, despite these dramatic events, it seems essential to us to restore the links between us as quickly as possible and to comfort each other in these particularly difficult times.
We therefore ask you to mark the following dates in your diaries:
(1.) Our spring session will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022 at the Palais des Academies in Brussels;
(2.) The annual congress will be held on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November 2022 at the Thor Central conference center in Genk.
Our intention is to organize these congresses face-to-face, but of course, we will remain attentive to developments in the health and security situations that threaten our country.
Please also note that, this year, there are elections for part of the Board of Directors of our scientific society during the general assembly to be held on Saturday May 7, 2022 in Brussels. More information about this will be coming soon.
Hoping for everyone a quick return to peace and stability in our lives and our professional activities, please accept, dear colleague, the expression of our best feelings.
Prof Dr JB Watelet, Managing Director
Dr. Frans Indesteege, President 2022
of the Royal Belgian Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Cervico-Facial Surgery


7 May 2022

Spring meeting: latest news

In view of the recent evolutions in the corona virus problem, the board of directors of the Royal Belgian ENT Society has again decided to postpone the Spring Meeting, scheduled for 6 and 7 March 2022, to a later date in May. We wish to have this meeting take place in the best possible circumstances.

We are aware that these changes will greatly disrupt your accreditation process. Please take this into account when collecting your points.

We will inform you about a new date in the coming weeks. We will of course inform you of the alternative date as soon as possible. In doing so, we sincerely hope that the pandemic will give us the opportunity to meet again.

We thank you for your understanding,

With collegial greetings,

Dr Frans Indesteege, chairman 2022 of the KBV NKO-HHC

Prof Dr Jean-Baptiste Watelet, Managing Director of the KBV NKO-HHC

Spring meeting 2022

Dear Colleague,

As you have already heard, the Spring meeting 2022 will be combined with the postponed Annual Congress 2021.

If Covid allows, the congress will continue live.

If the corona measures in force at that time do not allow a physical conference, a virtual conference will take place in the form of a webinar.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is changing and will be January 31, 2022.

These must be sent to the secretariat of the Society (secretary@orl-nko.be) and to the president (frans.indesteege@kno.be).

The guidelines for preparing the abstract can be found here.

The following 4 prizes of 1000 euros each will be awarded for the Spring Meeting 2022:

  •    1 for the best oral presentation in room 1
  •    1 for the best oral presentation in room 2
  •    1 for the best poster in room 1
  •    1 for the best poster in room 2

The fifth prize of 1000 euros goes to the winner of the Temporal Bone Contest.

Please note that the deadline for submitting rock bones to participate in the Temporal Bone Contest is January 31, 2022.

For your information, the Annual Congress will take place on November 25-26, 2022, on the site Thor Central in Genk.

With sincere thanks and best regards,

 Dr Frans Indesteege

President 2022




Dear colleagues,

As announced in our previous letter and following the deterioration of the health situation, our 2021 life Annual Congress will be postponed to March 2022.

In order to allow you to have a sufficient number of accreditation points, we have decided to propose at short notice a program of 2 half-days of videoconferences, on Friday 17 December from 14:00-18:00 and Saturday 18 December from 09:00-13:00.

The program will be made up of pre-recorded videoconferences (some of which had to be offered in December during the cancelled life congress), while others will be seminar videoconferences made available by certain colleagues.

In order to cover the costs of this rapid changing to webinars, the registration fee will be 30 euros for one day and 50 euros for the two days.

Please find here the link to the info/registration module of the B-ORL Webinar 2021: REGISTRATION

We are aware that this formula is not ideal, so great was our need to meet our colleagues and welcome our sponsors in person, but we hope that this formula will allow you to wait a little longer before our congresses return to their former format.

Marie-Paule Thill

Thomas Somers


9 December 2021