FEAMC 2024 meeting: Professional and ethical challenges in medicine during wartime

Thursday 30 May 2024, 14:00 h.
Sunday 2 June 2024, 14:00 h.

Đakovo – Vukovar, Croatia
May 30 – June 2, 2024

As part of the regular annual meeting of the FEAMC Executive Board, a conference will be organized on “Professional and Ethical Challenges in Medicine during Wartime” in cooperation with the Croatian Catholic Medical Society (HKLD – Hrvatsko katoličko liječničko društvo).

The Conference will take place in Đakovo and Vukovar, Croatia on May 30 – June 2, 2024. Make sure to save the date.

One of the first victims of war is the healthcare system itself. Since many armed conflicts are currently raging all over the world (Russia-Ukraine, Israel-Palestine, Syria, Myanmar, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Haiti…), war medicine is becoming an urgent global health problem. Unfortunately, health facilities are sometimes being attacked and damaged with many healthcare workers becoming victims themselves. Doctors and other medical professionals have to provide adequate health care in extreme conditions, while confronting a number of professional and ethical challenges.

The hosts from Croatia will present their experiences from the recent Croatian Homeland War (1991–1995), in which healthcare workers played a major role in preserving the health system under extreme  pressure, through their heroic efforts to provide care to both soldiers and civilians, often those on opposing sides.

Distinguished international speakers will address various aspects of war medicine, including spiritual assistance to soldiers, civilians and healthcare workers during armed conflicts. The  global healthcare community needs to become involved in advocating for the protection of healthcare workers living and working in war zones.

We hope that you will  join us for our three-day Conference in Croatia.



  • European Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations (FEAMC, Fédération Européenne des Associations Médicales Catholiques)
  • Croatian Catholic Medical Society (HKLD, Hrvatsko katoličko liječničko društvo)

Scientific Programme Committee

  • Prof. Vincenzo Defilippis, MD, PhD (Bari, Italy) – FEAMC President
  • Prof. Rok Čivljak, MD, PhD (Zagreb, Croatia) – HKLD President
  • Prof. Rev. Ivan Bodrožić, PhD (Split, Croatia)
  • Petar Bilić, MD, PhD (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Prof. Frans J. van Ittersum, MD, PhD (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – FEAMC Secretary
  • Prof. Ivica Grković, MD, PhD (Split, Croatia)
  • Darko Richter, MD, PhD (Zagreb, Croatia)

Local Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Prof. Jadranka Arambašić, MD, PhD (Osijek, Croatia)
  • Ivan Ćelić, MD, PhD (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Andrea Koščec, M.Pharm. (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Andrija Miculinić, MD (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Rev. Pavao Mikulčić, PhD (Đakovo, Croatia)
  • Mirko Petrošević, MD (Đakovo, Croatia)

Preliminary program

Thursday, May 30th, 2024
8:00 – 14:00 h.Arrival of participants at the Zagreb Airport. An option is arrival at Belgrade Airport and a transfer to Đakovo (approx. 2,5 hour drive by car) – includes crossing the Serbia/Croatia border.

An option is to fly to the Belgrade Airport and transfer to Đakovo (an approximately 2.5 hour drive by car), which includes crossing the Serbian/Croatian border.­
14:00 h.Bus transfer to Ðakovo (the Archdiocese of Ðakovo and Osijek)
18:30 h.Mass and Procession on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi at the Đakovo Cathedral
20:00 h.Dinner, accommodation
Friday, May 31st, 2024
08:00 h.Breakfast
08:30 h.FEAMC Board meeting (FEAMC Executive Committee and delegates only)
09:30 h.Section 1 – Lectures
11.00 h.Coffee break
11:30 h.Section 2 – Lectures
13:00 h.Lunch
14:30 h. Section 3 – Lectures
18:30 h. Holy Mass at the Ðakovo Cathedral
20:00 h.Gala Dinner
Saturday, June 1st, 2024
07:30 h. Breakfast
09:00 h. Trip to Vukovar
09:30 h.Visit to the National Memorial War Hospital Vukovar
10:30 h.Section 4 – Lectures
12:30 h. Coffee break
13:00 h.Guided tour of the City Museum – the Palace of the Eltz Counts, National Memorial Cemetery of the Victims of the Homeland War in Vukovar, Ovčara Memorial Center
15:00 h.Guided tour of the City of Ilok (Odescalchi Castle, Ilok Cellars, Franciscan Monastery)
18:00 h. Holy Mass at the Church of St. John Capistrano in Ilok
20:00 h. Dinner
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024
08:00 h. Breakfast
10:30 h. Holy Mass at the Ðakovo Cathedral and meeting with Archbishop Msgr. Ðuro Hranic
14:00 h.Departure

Target audience

Physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare worker as well as clergy interested in medicine, theology, ethics…

Confirmed Faculty Members (in alphabetical order)

  • Jure Bogdan (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Ihor Bojko (Ľviv, Ukraine)
  • Vincenzo Defilippis (Bari, Italy)
  • Rok Čivljak (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Anica Djamić (Croatia/Ukraine)
  • Ivica Grković/Mihovil Biočić/Vedran Radonić (Split, Croatia)
  • Frans J. van Ittersum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Elena Jelavić (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Andrea Koščec/Mirjana Vrsalović/Ines Buhač (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Simon Kulli (Vau i Dejës, Albania)
  • Matko Marušić (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Reginald Moreels (Belgium)
  • Ružica Pavić-Kevrić/Šime Kevrić (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Renzo Pegoraro (Vatican/Italy)
  • Nicola Petrosillo (Rome, Italy)
  • Darko Richter (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Irena Zakarija Grković (Split, Croatia)

Registration and fees

Register online on this website
The fee includes access to the conference, accommodation for 3 nights, meals, coffee breaks, social programme and venue expenses. Travel is not included. Early registration through April 30, 2024, offers savings..

Reduced fees for those arriving later or leaving earlier are not available !

Conference Fees (Full Conference Package)

FEAMC/HKLD membersEUR 300,–
Non-membersEUR 400,–
Accompanying personsEUR 300,–
Residents and studentsEUR 150,–
Late registration fee (as of May 1, 2024)EUR 500,–

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Mail: secretary.hkld@gmail.com