Journal of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy


History & Scope


Facts, Views and Vision in ObGyn was first published in June 2009. In 2019, The European Society for Gynaecological Surgery (ESGE) took over the Journal and it is now its official journal as well as the Corporate Societies of the ESGE; Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Endoskopie (AGE), The British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE), Società Italiana Endoscopia Ginecologica (SEGI) and Society of Gynaecological and Pelvic Surgery (SCGP); and The European Endometriosis League (EEL).


Facts, Views and Vision in ObGyn 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 peer-reviewed original scientific articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to gynaecology, gynaecological oncology, urogynaecology, contraception, family planning, reproductive medicine and menopause. Reviews, opinions and video articles that advance or illuminate science or practice related to women’s health, as well as graphic or written pieces with a visionary dimension will be considered.

About the founder

Willem Ombelet is the founder and past editor-in-chief of “Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn”.

He is a gynaecologist/Infertility-specialist. He qualified in medicine at the University of Leuven in 1979. He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Bruges and Pretoria (South Africa). In 1998 he obtained his PhD-degree at the University of Leuven with a thesis on ‘The value of sperm morphology and other semen parameters in diagnosis and treatment of human subfertility’.

Willem Ombelet was chairman of seven international ‘Andrology in the Nineties’ meetings. During the first meeting, in 1993, he met the artist Koen Vanmechelen.The contact between the scientist and the artist resulted in an enigmatic glass egg with the legs of a chicken: ‘The Walking Egg’ sculpture. It was the start of years of debate and collaboration. The artistic-scientific cross-fertilization was first documented in six issues of ‘The Walking Egg magazine’, a unique blend of science, art and philosophy, distributed to infertility specialists worldwide.

Willem Ombelet was the President of the Flemish Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (VVOG) from 2001 until 2004. From 2002 until 2008 he was the editor of ‘Gynaïkeia’, the official journal of the Flemish Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a consultant (Reproductive Medicine) at the Universities of Hasselt and Ghent. Willem Ombelet has authored more than 200 international peer-reviewed articles and he is the (co-)editor of 16 books.

From 2006 until 2015 Willem Ombelet was coordinator of the ESHRE Special Task Force on ‘Developing countries and infertility’. From 2015 to 2019 he was the coordinator of the ESHRE Special Interest Groups ‘Andrology’ and ‘Global and socio-cultural aspects of infertility’.

In 2010 together with Koen Vanmechelen he founded the Walking Egg non profit organisation. The Walking Egg Project is an international project aiming to raise awareness surrounding childlessness in resource-poor countries and to make infertility care in all its aspects, including assisted reproductive technologies, affordable and accessible for a much larger proportion of the world population.