Given the ongoing challenges brought about by the global pandemic, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) President Prof Dr Regina Beets-Tan announced on Friday that ESR will postpone the annual ESR 2022 meeting in Vienna to 13-17 July.
She explains: ‘we are currently confronted with significant legal uncertainty regarding the organisation of a large-scale event in March. Furthermore, we face a highly unpredictable epidemiological situation, which may hinder our ability to guarantee the safety of our participants and industry partners - something that will always be our first priority. For these reasons, it is with great regret, that we have made the decision not to hold an onsite meeting in March.’
ESR 2022 on 13 - 17 of July will constitute a ‘proper return to a congress in Vienna’ and feature both online and onsite attendance.
An online teaser version of the meeting, the ESR 2022 Overture, will occur earlier on 2 - 6 March 2022. ‘This event will feature a series of trailer sessions offering a glimpse of some of the biggest highlights to be held at ESR 2022. These trailer sessions will be held alongside an exciting scientific and educational programme, a studio dedicated to interventional education and technology, and a small onsite element where leading figures in radiology and industry partners will give talks,’ Dr Beets-Tan said.
Both events will offer CME credits. ESR will release more information concerning the events soon.
Dr Beets-Tan concludes: ‘I truly believe that when one door closes in life, another one opens. We often look so long upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened. Our open door lies before us now. We have a unique opportunity to re-imagine ESR and deliver a bold, exciting and safe congress next year.’