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EURETINA 2020 Virtual

EURETINA President Frank G. Holz reports

Frank G. Holz

Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Regrettably, because of ongoing concerns over the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, it will not be possible to host a live EURETINA Congress in Amsterdam this October.

As the annual Congress is a very important event for the Society, we are instead developing a virtual congress experience for 2020 from 2-4 October with a stream of live and pre-recorded adapted programme content including panel discussions, which will also be available on demand after the event.

The virtual meeting will be a new endeavour for the Society and one that will allow us to extend the reach of EURETINA.

We are excited at this prospect and truly hope that you will join us for EURETINA 2020 Virtual as we come together in a digital environment to exchange new ideas and learnings from our medical community.

We have worked very hard to deliver the highest quality scientific content curated by world-renowned experts in the field of retina. We will run four parallel channels across three days, specific details for which will are available on the website over the coming months. To help us best adapt our programme to suit this new virtual environment, we have appointed the expert input of advisors in the field. As a result of this feedback, session durations have been reduced with a greater emphasis being put on discussion time and Q&A in order to best retain audience engagement. The reduced three-day programme means that only the very highest quality scientific content will be included, which has been specifically selected by the programme committee to ensure diversity of topics.

I am delighted to announce that we will have some excellent keynote speakers at EURETINA 2020 Virtual. Richard Spaide, USA, will deliver the EURETINA Lecture; Stanislao Rizzo, Italy, will deliver the Gisbert Richard Lecture; and the Kreissig Lecture will be delivered by Marta S. Figueroa, Spain.

Meanwhile, the Board of EURETINA would like to extend wishes of good health and well-being to you and your family and we hope that the information on our website www.euretina.org will prove useful to you in your day to day practice during this extraordinary time.

While I regret that we will not be meeting in person in Amsterdam, I believe that our Virtual Congress will be a major success and I look forward to some excellent discussions through the course of the meeting.