Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the organizing committee it is my great honor to welcome you to XIII CONFERENCE OF BALTIC ASSOCIATION OF PAEDIATRIC SURGEONS (BAOPS).The BAOPS was founded in 1992 and the Ist conference of BAOPS was arranged also in 1992 in Vilnius at that time. Now after 22 years the conference again is returning to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

The conference of BAOPS has become a nice tradition of bringing together the paediatric surgeons from the Baltic Countries-Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Every year more and more international leading experts and colleagues from other countries become active participants of BAOPS Conferences.

We are pleased to hold this traditional conference in which we will discuss the hottest topics, share clinical experiences and also establish long-term international collaboration.

We are planning a scientific programme that covers multiple fields of paediatric surgery and related topics and hope that the Conference will give a good opportunity to present your achievements and to share your views as well as to make new contacts.

Vilnius with its about 550 000 inhabitants is the largest city in Lithuania and is known as one of the oldest university towns in East Europe. The city was founded in 1323 by the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas and Vilnius university in 1579 as Jesuit Academy of Vilnius by king of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania-Stephen Batory.

Looking forward to meet you in Vilnius on 25-27 September, 2014.

Kęstutis Trainavičius
President of the Baltic Association of Paediatric Surgeons