It will be a great pleasure to welcome you to Vienna in Austria for this 21st EFORT Annual Congress taking place from 10 to 12 June 2020.
The scientific programme is balanced in all areas of orthopaedic surgery. Everyone of you will find new trends in orthopaedic surgery but also the basics of good practice. The congress will focus on education and evidence based medicine, as well as recent research. The abstracts undergo a thorough process of review which guarantees a level of high quality. The inclusive approach for the development of the programme and the active participation from the EFORT member societies and Specialty Societies is a determining factor.
We are honored to welcome APOA, the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, who will be our Invited Association as art of the EFORT invited nation programme this year and who will bring features of Orthopaedics and Traumatology from Asia.
Our main theme is “Harmonisation and Diversity“.
Diversity in Europe is not only a matter of language, but also cultural and educational. It is expressed through different practices from one country to another.
Harmonisation becomes necessary when it comes to the standard of knowledge, as reflected in curricula & syllabus. These minimum requirements have no reason to be different in southern, northern or eastern Europe. While diversity is a source of wealth, standardisation prevents creativity. We therefore advocate for harmonisation that respects diversity. The absolute priority between harmonisation and diversity remains the safety of patients; the latter leaving room for controlled and evaluated innovation.
This theme will also be featured during the presentations of the two world-renowned speakers, Doctor Walch and Doctor Fu, who will give respectively the Erwin Morscher and Michael Freeman Honorary Lectures.
On that same note, the social programme will take into account the many cultural differences that characterise the charm of Europe. Take the opportunity to visit the city of Vienna, with its encompassing architecture of modern buildings and magnificent historical monuments. And why not attend a performance of a philharmonic orchestra as the ultimate expression of harmonisation of talents?
We look forward to seeing you in Vienna for the 21st EFORT Congress in 2020.