I hope this email finds you safe and well.
The global pandemic has been an ongoing challenge that we have faced for almost two years now.
In that time, the ESR has been forced to abandon its plans twice to hold its congress in the traditional onsite format due to the difficult circumstances the world has found itself in.
Our society led the way in offering an alternative to an onsite congress, acting rapidly to organise two highly popular online meetings using state-of-the-art technical solutions to connect with our attendees. Nevertheless, we understand that nothing can compare to an onsite experience. We recognise that there is a growing desire to return to a congress in Vienna for a more personal exchange of knowledge, to experience the latest technological innovations and to meet old friends and new colleagues. That is why we have worked towards delivering this for March 2022 and this goal was one we fully believed possible.
However, considering the developing situation in Austria, Europe and the rest of the world at this time, 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.
The past two years have shown us that events held in the summer are not only possible, but warmly welcomed by attendees. And that is why we have come to the decision to begin transforming ECR. It’s time to change!
To deliver all that we have promised, we have decided to hold two ECR events next year - ECR 2022 and the ECR 2022 Overture.
ECR 2022, to take place on July 13-17, will be the proper return to a congress in Vienna that I know so many of you have been anticipating. This event will be fully onsite and online. Our SMART congress will deliver an ECR experience like no other, with a highly multidisciplinary programme, exciting summer social events, and a buzzing industry exhibition that will absolutely be worth the wait.
In addition, we will hold a safe online event, the ECR 2022 Overture, on March 2-6, that will act as an extended teaser for ECR 2022. This event will feature a series of trailer sessions offering a glimpse of some of the biggest highlights to be held at ECR 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.
Both ECR 2022 in July and its warm-up event in March will offer CME credits. If you are already registered for the congress, your ticket grants you access to both events.
We are extremely pleased to inform you that our new plans have the full and unwavering support of our closest industry partners. Along with the obvious advantages that come from holding ECR in July in Vienna – one of the most beautiful times of the year in the city – postponing it to the summer enables all of us to enjoy it under the most favourable conditions.
Further information about the events will be released soon.
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 ECR and deliver a bold, exciting and safe congress next year.
On behalf of the entire ESR Board of Directors and office team, I would like to thank you for your understanding. I thoroughly look forward to seeing you at both ECR 2022 in summer and its warm-up event in spring.
President of the ESR