Welcome Message by the ESPN President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Following advice from the Greek Health Authorities we decided to postpone the Congress to next year. We have set up new dates, 25 – 28 April 2021. This is not a decision taken lightly, but the health and safety of delegates, their partners and staff who are involved in the organization of the Congress, come first. Whilst it is unfortunate that we will not be able to meet soon, the situation is outside our control and we follow events and developments on the pandemic.

In our recent Executive Board meeting that was carried out by teleconference, we decided that there will be no other change of dates for the Congress, so one way or another, we will have a Congress next year! The move of the Congress to next April inevitably had repercussions on the Refresher Course, which has been postponed by a year. Announcements on new dates will follow shortly.

We hope that this unfortunate situation will end soon so that normality can return in the near future and we can welcome you all next year in Athens.

We thank all our participants, sponsors and partners for understanding the need to take these steps and we look forward to seeing you in Athens in April 2021 to have a successful 27th ESPN Congress.

Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers go to all those who have been hit hard by this pandemic.

Stay safe everyone

Spyros Sgouros
ESPN President 2018-2020