ICOPLAST Award of Excellence


ICOPLAST aims to be of benefit to patients, plastic surgery and plastic surgeons. ICOPLAST belongs to plastic surgeons all around the world. To achieve our goal of the exchange of ideas and of acknowledging excellence in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, ICOPLAST National Societies can apply to award an outstanding individual, within their society, the ICOPLAST Award of Excellence.


There are two types of awards available:

  • Best Abstract from a Trainee or Fellow at the National Society’s meeting

  • Travel Stipend for Fellowships or Observerships at other institutions

500€ maximum award

Twenty awards available for 2019

The award is to recognize a trainee or plastic surgeon in a fellowship or within five years of training completion. The type of award, travel stipend or best abstract, is determined by the granting ICOPLAST National Society.

Award Distribution

To ensure that each region is adequately receiving an award in proportion to the number of surgeons within their respective membership the number of award distributions have been categorized into three distinct groups. The regions within each group have been based off the number of active members reported for the 2018 membership year.

Group 1

Regions each with less than 1000 members will each receive one award annually:

  • Africa

  • Oceania

  • Middle East

Group 2

Regions with more than 1000 but less than 5000 members will each receive two awards annually:

  • Central and South America

Group 3

Regions with more than 5000 members will each receive five awards per year:

  • Asia

  • North America

  • Europe

National Society Application Requirements

  • The National Society is a member of ICOPLAST in good standing.

  • The National Society Committee to judge applications/abstracts must include at least one trainee.

  • Final distribution of awards amongst the National Societies will be made by a committee comprised of two members of the ICOPLAST Board and one member of the ICOPLAST Education Committee taking into consideration the local needs of the National Societies and our desire to distribute the awards globally.

The ICOPLAST National Society must email its request to info@icoplast.org.

The request should include the name of the National Society, a preliminary list of judges and the planned date and location of award presentation.

Once selected to provide an ICOPLAST Award of Excellence, the National Society must then comply with the following additional requirements.

Requirements for National Societies once provided with an ICOPLAST Award of Excellence

  • The National Society will be responsible to notify ICOPLAST of the name of the awardee for that Society.

  • The ICOPLAST Award of Excellence certificate to be awarded during the member society’s national meeting.

  • The National Society’s award ceremony must be branded as ‘The ICOPLAST Award of Excellence.

  • The prize is to be used by the winner to attend a plastic surgery meeting, preferably of an ICOPLAST member society, or to travel for Fellowships or Observerships.

  • The name of the winner and their National Society will be listed on the ICOPLAST website.

  • The winner will provide a short abstract of the project (<250 words) and brief two-minute video message to be published on the ICOPLAST website within 14 days of award notification.

2018 Award of Excellence Recipients

Please click on the links to view their video or abstract:

Belgium / Royal Belgian Society for Plastic Surgery

Bulgaria / Bulgarian Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

Germany / The German Society for Plastic Surgeons

Netherlands / The Netherlands Society of Plastic Surgery

Norway / The Norwegian Association of Plastic Surgeons

Ireland / Irish Association of Plastic Surgery

Israel / Israeli Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery

Italy / Societa Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica Ricostrutiva ed Estetica

Japan / Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Korea / Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

Spain / The Spanish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery