Virtual Congress opens new opportunities
The Annual Congress of the ESCRS will encourage a high level of debate and discussion
Professor Rudy MMA Nuijts
2020 has been a year like no other with the international medical community facing an unprecedented crisis following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some ESCRS members have been on the front line of the battle against COVID, joining their colleagues in emergency departments to treat seriously ill patients suffering from the virus.
Professor Rudy MMA Nuijts, President of ESCRS said “from the very start of the pandemic it was clear that ESCRS had a commitment to give the ophthalmology community every support in dealing with the New Normal.”
Cutting edge research
Professor Nuijts pointed out that the ESCRS, even in difficult times, must continue to promote cutting edge science and research that has made the Society a major force for change not only in Europe but in the rest of the world.
For ophthalmologists worldwide, the annual Congress of the ESCRS Congress is a hugely valuable educational resource. “In early May it became obvious to the leadership that ESCRS would have to host its annual Congress on a virtual platform from 2-4 October, 2020.” Professor Nuijts said.
Although the programme has been shortened from five to three days, Prof Nuijts believes that this year’s congress will be remembered, not only because it is taking place against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic but also because the virtual meeting will open up exciting new networking opportunities for delegates. The virtual Congress will be accessible to many ophthalmologists world-wide who for different reasons have never travelled to an ESCRS Congress.
“A high level of discussion and debate is assured, and we expect our virtual attendees to contribute through dynamic question and answer facilities, polling and more. The personal connections that are so valuable to our attendees will remain,” he said.”.
“I am very much looking forward to this year’s Ridley Medal Lecture from David Chang and Heritage Lecture from Theo Seiler,” said Prof Nuijts. “Registered delegates will also have exclusive access to all the presentations until the end of 2020 on the virtual meeting platform.
“Our industry partners are also lending their full support. They will be hosting a virtual exhibit hall as well as a full programme of Industry sponsored satellite symposia from an opening at 10.00 am on Friday, October 4th,” said Prof Nuijts.
In conclusion, Prof Nuijts said that while he very much looks forward to meeting colleagues again face to face in 2021, he is confident that with the assistance of modern technology the 2020 Virtual Congress will be a dynamic and interactive educational experience for the ESCRS community.”