Dear friends and colleagues,
I’m sure you well remember our competition about how unpleasant year 2020 was due to CoViD-19 pandemic and how much most of us hoped that 2021 would be a much more positive year, full of high expectations of returning back to “normality”. In fact we in ESRA board, have struggled to make the right decision until the very last minute to go for fully virtual congress in order to succeed and offer a high quality event, overcoming the current situation in Europe and across the world.
ESRA takes education very seriously and on 8th September we introduced an open forum day, free of charge for everybody. This day was highly attended, recognizing the mastery of speakers and quality of the topics discussed.
The main congress was held in 3 parallel online “tracks” on 9th – 10th September, starting early morning and lasting the whole day.
I personally want to thank all colleagues from 84 countries who registered and faithfully attended and to the 99 speakers who generously sacrificed their spare time and shared their knowledge. I particularly acknowledge those speakers and participants out of Europe, in various time zones, who kept awake in the middle of the night.
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Each congress day ended with a “wrap up” session, summarizing the most important impressions, highlights and messages of the different tracks.
For those of you who may have missed any particular session of your interest or wish to review your favorite talk, feel free to replay all of the presentations.
Research promotion is another ESRA mission and we offered the annual research grants and competitive sessions for the Trainees best free paper in Chronic Pain and Regional Anaesthesia (to check this year’s winners, click here). E-Posters were presented throughout the congress and are now published in RAPM journal (see here).
Remember to get your CME credits from virtual ESRA conference and please don’t forget to fill in our online survey. Your opinion is much important too ESRA and we would greatly appreciate if you’d let us know what can we improve in 2022, when we will meet in sunny Thessaloniki.
Last, but not least, let me introduce you the winners of the prestigious ESRA Carl Koller Award and Recognition of Education Award 2022: Prof. Dr. José de Andres and Priv.-Doz. Dr. José Aguire, respectively.
Prof. Dr. José de Andres (left) & Priv.-Doz. Dr. José Aguire (right)
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