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Come to Beautiful Tainan for the next PAPS meeting which is planned IN-PERSON November 14-18, 2021


The 2021 PAPS meeting will be held in the city of Tainan, Taiwan. Tainan was established in 1620. It was the first walled city in Taiwan and was also the place of origin of the name “Taiwan.” Tainan City is located south of the Tropic of Cancer; it has a sub-tropical monsoon climate, warm and with a small amount of rainfall though the year; Tainan enjoys more hours of sunshine per day that any other place in Taiwan, and has an average temperature of 24.1c. Today, Tainan has 34 districts; they were formerly under Tainan City and Tainan County under Tainan Provincial Government but came under Tainan City’s jurisdiction when Tainan was made a special municipality in 2010.

A walk around Tainan is like stepping back in time. As the first city in Taiwan, it was, of course, the source of the development of people’s livelihood; you can visit the first Confucius temple in Taiwan and marvel at the place where education in Taiwan originated; visit the various big temples and see traditional belief passed on to this day; take a trip to the ancient canal and witness the ebb and flow of civilization. In Tainan, turn a corner and you will encounter an ancient temple or historic site telling stories of the city from long ago.

Tainan is also famed for its many reasonably priced, and delicious must-try snacks; the city’s food was once recommended by the renowned travel guide the Michelin Green Guide; fresh and tasty beef soup, rice cake with dried fish and braised pork on top or aromatic steamed rice cake etc., are unique staple foods and old-time snacks that are part of the foundation of Tainan’s gastronomic culture and bear the historical memories of more than 300 years.



Hong Shiee Lai


Hong Shiee Lai

Past President

Eric Webber

David Partick


David Partrick

Kuojen Tsao


Kuojen Tsao

Local Organizer

Yun Chen

John Meehan

Scientific Chair

John Meehan

Sherif Emil

GAP Co-Chair

Sherif Emil

Marilyn Butler

GAP Co-Chair

Marilyn Butler

Tainan Videos

Virtual Conference Highlights

 13 Scientific Sessions

The latest in pediatric surgery from all over the world

2 Video Sessions

See the latest surgical techniques and interesting cases over lunch

 Quick Shot and Posters

Stimulating short presentations and posters

Exciting Engagement 

Exciting and interesting special talks, entertainment, and interactive experiences


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Greetings from your Local Organizing Chair

Dear Colleagues

It is with great pleasure that I, Yun Chen, welcome you to the 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Pacific Associaton of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS 2020) in Taiwan, also known as Formosa (named by Portuguese meaning Beautiful Island). We are all very excited to have you come joining us! Following the success of the previous conferences of PAPS in Taipei, the 2020 PAPS meeting will be held in the southern part of Taiwan, Tainan, which is the oldest city and also the oldest Capital here around 350 years ago. 

There are numerous amazing monuments in Tai-nan since it’s the oldest city, including the Confucian Temple, Fort Provintia (Chihkan Tower), An-Ping Castle, Eternal Golden Fortress, etc. On the other hands, it also has wonderful modern sightseeing spots such as the Chimei Museum, Salt-Mountain, Crystal Church and many many more. And the fun continues through the night, the night markets. 

Now, it is also named the city of gastronomy, especially famous for the Milk-Fish (Chanos fish) dishes. Other then that, you can try the assorted congee, Dan-Zai Noodle, salt rice pudding, oyster omelets, and a lot more interesting food waiting for you to discover. 

On the north part of Tai-nan, is the city of Jia-Yi, the 3rd largest city in Taiwan. It is famous for the turkey rice and Ali Mountain National Forest Recreation Area, where the conference tour will be. It is famous for its rich natural landscape including sunrise, sea of clouds, sunset, oldest tree and railway. 

The five-day conference will be held in the excellent 5-star Shangri-La’s Far-Eastern Plaza Hotel, located just across the Tai-nan train station, the heart of Tai-nan city. Please do let me know if there is anything me and my team can do to make your visit more comfortable and memorable. We are looking forward to seeing you in the conference in Tainan City.


Sincerely yours,


Yun Chen
Local Organizing Chair

Quick Links - Tainan 2021

  • Abstract Submission for the 2021 PAPS Meeting opens July 1, 2021
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