AAEU abstracts

AAEU Abstracts

Dear Reader,

For the second time in history, we present to you the abstracts from the meeting of the Association of Academic European Urologists (AAEU) that was held in Malmö in December 2022. The AAEU is the association of leading academic urologists from Europe (and the world), dedicated to research of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnostics and treatments in all aspects of disorders of the urogenital tract. The objectives of the AAEU are to promote the role, position, and activities of academic urology in Europe. The AAEU tries to achieve this by:

  • Promoting clinical and fundamental scientific urological programs and achievements in academic urological departments;
  • Providing a forum for presentation and discussion of academic achievements in the field of urology and related areas;
  • Communicating these various goals via the annual meeting, assigned journals and communication papers

Every year a two-day meeting is organized in which the members and guests present their own research in every field of urology. This research is original and new. All AAEU members and guests discuss the presented findings in a plenary setting. This implies that also those urologists that are no expert in the field of the presented topics, contribute to this discussion from their own perspective. This results in lively, high quality discussions in which all aspects of the tackled issue are highlighted. As such this is an integrative approach of an urological problem that gives direction for future consecutive research and clinical excellence. Therefore, the concept is well perceived by all participants.

In Malmö, many topics were presented. Indeed, the AAEU tries to balance the annual meeting with respect to urological topics, topographic spread of the participants, gender and color. This has resulted in a doubling of the number of female active members in two years’ time.  Still, only 6 women are currently an active member out of 84.
However, it needs to be stressed that this is not an aim as such since the scientific value is the key focus. Looking at the final result of the scientific meeting, everyone can judge to what extent the aims were achieved.
In total 36 abstracts were presented out of 57 abstracts that were submitted and of which 26 authors gave permission to publish their abstract in this issue of European Urology Open Science. From the 36 presented abstracts, 23 (62%) were about an oncological topic. 5 Presentations (14%) had a functional urological topic, 3 presentations were on urolithiasis,  3 on andrology and 3 on general urological issues like training, big data or artificial intelligence. Perhaps this reflects the academic situation in Europe, but the AAEU should strive to do better with respect to multiangled balance.

Dear readers, with this supplement we offer insight in the dynamics of AAEU and we hope that we may welcome you one day as our guest.

John Heesakkers
Secretary general
Frans Debruyne
Honorary communication Officer
Per-Anders Abrahamsson
20th AAEU meeting president


Abstracts of the 20th Meeting of the Association of Academic European Urologists (AAEU).
1-4 December 2022 in Malmö, Sweden.

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Abstracts of the 19th Meeting of the Association of Academic European Urologists (AAEU).
2-5 December 2021 in Marseille, France.

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