Welcome Message by the ESPN President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As the Corona virus pandemic is spreading across the world, it is becoming clear that the events of our Society will need to be re-scheduled.

The Course that was going to take place in Varese next June will be postponed for next year, 2021, in the same venue. New dates will be announced soon. This means that there will not be an ESPN course this year. The alternative of organizing a web-course is not appropriate as essential part of the spirit of our course is to spend a week physically together, teachers and students, to engage in physical discussions. It is unfortunate that we had to take this decision, but events much bigger than us have taken charge of our lives. On a positive note, all the fees that applicants have paid will go to next year’s event.

The Congress that was planned to take place in Athens next May, has been re-scheduled for July, but as the days pass and there is no sign of the pandemic settling, we are considering a new date, later in the year. You will be informed very soon. Meanwhile, the Congress abstracts will be published online by Springer. The printed version will come when the Congress is finally organised.

Right now of course the priority for each one of us is to stay safe and help our patients and families. When life returns to normality, we will be able to resume our normal activities.

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

Spyros Sgouros
ESPN President 2018-2020