History & Scope


Facts, Views and Vision in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was first  published in June 2009. It is the International Journal of the Flemish Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with a board of both national and international editors and reviewers.


Facts, Views and Vision in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is an international peer-reviewed journal for obstetricians, gynaecologists, reproductive physicians, ethicists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate women’s health issues. The journal publishes juried original scientific articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to gynaecology, gynaecological oncology, urogynaecology, contraception and family planning, reproductive medicine, obstetrics, perinatal medicine and menopause. Reviews, PhD reviews and opinions that advance or illuminate science or practice related to women’s health, as well as graphic or written pieces with a visionary or opiniated dimension will be considered.

About the editor-in-chief


Willem Ombelet (MD, PhD) was born in Leuven in 1954 and qualified in medicine from the University of Leuven in 1979. He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Bruges and Pretoria (South Africa). He is the founder of the Genk Institute for Fertility Technology and was chairman of seven “Andrology in the Nineties’-meetings”.

In 1998 he obtained his PhD degree at the University of Leuven on “The value of sperm morphology and other semen parameters in diagnosis and treatment of human subfertility”. He became the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the ZOL Hospitals in Genk in 1999.

Willem Ombelet has been the President of the Flemish Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (VVOG) from 2001 until 2004. Since 2002 he is the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the VVOG and he is also the chairman of the Workgroup “Reproductive Medicine” of the VVOG since 2007. Until 2008 he was the editor of “Gynaïkeia”, the official journal of the Flemish Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

He is also a board member of the Belgian College of Reproductive Medicine since 1999 and a board member of the Belgian Society of Reproductive Medicine (BSRM) since 2008. He is a consultant (Reproductive Medicine) at the University of Hasselt and at the University of Ghent.

He authored more than 75 international peer-reviewed articles and got 2 international awards. He is the (co-)editor of 16 books.

Since 2006, Willem Ombelet is the co-ordinator of the ESHRE Special Task Force on “Developing countries and infertility”.

He has since long transgressed the boundaries of conventional medical practice to explore unexplored dimensions and affinities with other medical disciplines as well as with the world of art.