6–8 October, Vienna, Austria

News and updates

10 October 2021

Dear colleagues and friends,

EUROSPINE 2021 was a great experience with an absolutely unique atmosphere! 1.991 attendees from 72 countries joined us in Vienna, 96 delegates expanded their knowledge at the pre-day courses, 102 braved the rain and the early hours to join the ESF Charity Run and 129 enjoyed the traditional atmosphere and celebrated reuniting with colleagues at the congress evening.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended virtually and in-person and helped us make the first hybrid EUROSPINE meeting so special. We already look forward to reuniting at EUROSPINE 2022 in Milan.

28 September

Only 7 days left - don't miss this premier educational opportunity!

We have added some exciting features to the #EUROSPINE2021 Annual Meeting:

  • We will have the pleasure of having Markus Hengstschläger, Head of the Institute of Medical Genetics, Medical University of Vienna, talk about "Medical genetics – quo vadis? From AI in genetic diagnosis to gene therapy."
  • Join your colleagues in the next edition of the ESF Charity Run taking place during #EUROSPINE2021. 100% of the net registration fee will be donated to ESF.
  • There are still tickets available for this year's congress evening! Enjoy the special blend of Viennese coziness and many savory delicacies from Viennese cuisine. Register today and enjoy reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones!
  • Engage, connect and win: Onsite attendees can take part in this year’s photo challenge while virtual attendees may earn points for being active during the congress on the virtual congress platform and make the most of your virtual experience!

14 September

Only less than 24 hours are left to secure your EUROSPINE 2021 tickets at a reduced price!

Be quick and save more than 150€ if you register today. Use your savings on fees to take in the sites of beautiful Vienna or enjoy your favourite Viennese treats like the famous Wiener Schnitzel or Sachertorte.

06 September 2021

It's only 4 weeks to go until we can meet again in beautiful Vienna!

This is your chance to reunite with friends and colleagues while fostering new relationships in a celebratory atmosphere after an extended period of social distancing.

For a COVID-safe environment at the EUROSPINE Annual Meeting 2021, we will be checking the vaccination status of all participants upon entry and enforce social distancing throughout the whole meeting. Being vaccinated, you don't need to fulfill any further entry requirements. Read more here >>

Traveling to Vienna is convenient as ...
  • Vienna airport is fully operating and flights are arriving and departing as normal
  • Many hotels are currently promoting staying in Vienna with special offers and cheaper prices. Why not take this opportunity to visit Austria's most prestigious city?
  • The congress location Messe Wien has a lot of experience with hybrid congresses that put the participants' safety first.

We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in Vienna and virtually! Make sure to benefit from reduced registration fees until 14 September. Register today>>

2 August 2021

We are pleased to announce that #EUROSPINE2021 has been granted 15 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®). Additionally, you can earn up to 4 CME credits at Pre-day course 1 and up to 3 CME credits at Pre-day course 2!
Read more >

29 June 2021

We are pleased to provide to you the full preliminary scientific programme today. Please note that changes may still occur.

We are extremely grateful for the dedication of the Programme Committe as well as Lunch Symposia and Pre-Meeting Committee members for their hard work and energy they have provided to make this happen under these circumstances! THANK YOU!

14 June 2021

We are pleased to confirm that Fabio Galbusera, PhD, will give his keynote lecture on Intelligence-based spine care: how trustworthy AI can shape the future of diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders on Wednesday, 6 October 2021.

Fabio Galbusera is the Head of the Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics of the IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, one of the top-ranked Italian research hospitals for orthopaedics. He received the degree in biomedical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the PhD at the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, Center of Musculoskeletal Research Ulm, Germany, with which he has an active collaboration. His main research interest is the biomechanics of the spine and of the intervertebral disc, about which he published more than 130 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In the last five years, Dr. Galbusera pioneered the use of AI techniques in spine research, and he is nowadays recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field.

7 June: COVID-19 Update: Current Situation in Austria

Similar to other European countries, the COVID-19 situation in Austria is developing positively at the moment. The numbers of new cases are dropping while the vaccination campaign is already in full swing, planning to have 70% of the population vaccinated by the end of the summer. You can check out the daily numbers here: Last week the Austrian government announced plans to further lift measures concerning events and congresses.
As of 1 July, live congresses will be possible in Austria with no limited attendance. Compulsory entry tests shall ensure the safety of all delegates. Valid entry tests are negative PCR tests (valid for 72 hours), negative antigen tests from a test lane, pharmacy, etc. (valid for 48 hours), antigen self-tests recorded in an official data processing system (valid for 24 hours).

Alternatively, to the testing, you can also bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery (by medical confirmation, segregation notice of antibody test).
For more information about current updates check out:

Additionally, travellers from most European countries will no longer need to self-isolate, provided they have a valid entry test. For all information about entry regulations please have a look here:

With the EUROSPINE Annual Meeting still 4 months away, we are moving forward with the preparations for the event as a hybrid meeting, as planned. The outlook to be able to hold live events in Vienna is very promising. Be assured that EUROSPINE is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. Don’t worry, if it is the case that the physical part of the Annual Meeting will not be possible, EUROSPINE 2021 is set up to be a fully virtual meeting.

27 April

Dr. Lawrence G. Lenke confirmed as keynote lecturer

The first keynote lecture for EUROSPINE 2021 is confirmed! We are very pleased to have Lawrence G. Lenke, MD speak about the "Evolution of posterior techniques for spinal deformity correction: 10 years back, current, and 10 Years forward".

Dr. Lenke is world-renowned for the surgical treatment of paediatric and adult patients with various forms of spinal anomalies, with expertise in the most complex deformities. Thus, he is a leading authority on such spinal deformities as scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, high-grade spondylolisthesis, and major coronal and sagittal malalignment. His prolific clinical research has culminated in over 525 peer-reviewed publications, over 1,000 podium presentations as well as presiding as chair of over 125 spinal surgery courses worldwide.

9 April

Registration is open now!

Make sure to benefit
  • from the early bird fee for members and non-members until 30 June 2021
  • group discount: Register 10 people, get 1 registration for free!
  • EuSSAB gift code: As a member of a national spine society that is an institutional member of EUROSPINEAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster, cooperating and exchanging with other European spine societies under the umbrella of EuSSAB, you are entitled to a discount of 20% on the non-member registration fee! Get in touch with your national society / your national EuSSAB representative for more details!

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12 March 2021

EUROSPINE this year will be one week earlier in Vienna, 6-8 October 2021.

The worldwide pandemic has forced us all to adapt to a new way of working and interacting, it has also taught us the value of flexibility. Our top priority is to be able to deliver educational activities in a safe environment whilst at the same time being cautious in developing our plans. As exceptional times call for exceptional measures we have decided to move EUROSPINE 2021 to Vienna, Austria, and hold the meeting from 6-8 October at Messe Wien.

EUROSPINE 2021 will remain as a hybrid congress but with the emphasis on a face to face meeting in Vienna. So, if the new date is difficult for you to attend in-person you can still join virtually and/or watch every session on-demand, at any time you want.

A big thanks goes out to Gothenburg for their flexibility and extraordinary support. We are delighted to be returning there in 2026. We are optimistic that we will all be able to over come the challenges caused by the pandemic by the summer, so that most of us will resume traveling and be able to meet in-person in Vienna, the No 1 city in the world for quality of living.

All of us at EUROSPINE are looking forward to meeting you in person!

1 March 2021

Great news! We've extended the abstract submission deadline

The deadline for abstract submission for EUROSPINE 2021 has been extended by more than two weeks to

22 March 2021

to reflect the latest developments in the fight against the Corona pandemic. As we strive to balance health and safety with an eventual return to normality, we hope this extension will ease the pressure for submitters.

Authors will have the option to present their work online or in-person and can decide about their preferred presentation format later this year.

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

15 December 2020

We are excited to announce that EUROSPINE 2021 will be held as a hybrid meeting which will allow people to join the in-person conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 13–15 October 2021 and/or to participate virtually.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we cannot plan for an exclusive in-person event if we want all of our members and stakeholders to have the chance to join us. On the back of our successful EUROSPINE 2020 virtual meeting, we’ve decided that EUROSPINE 2021 will be hybrid - which means you can attend virtually and/or in-person.

We know that nothing can really replace personal interactions. However, the hybrid meeting format will also allow people to attend EUROSPINE 2021 who may not be able to travel due to the pandemic or its economic impact. Making the Annual Meeting more accessible helps EUROSPINE achieve its underlying mission to provide and support best practice lifelong learning and research in spinal disorders as well as bring together all spine-related European stakeholders across disciplines, cultures and countries.

At this point, we are confident that the physical part of the meeting will take place as planned with an appropriate health & safety concept. We will take all necessary measures to provide a safe, productive and enriching experience. We know that all of you would appreciate the opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues and make new connections at a face-to-face meeting. However, if circumstances demand it, we will be ready to transform it to a virtual event.

EUROSPINE 2021 will be hosting one event with two experiences – both giving you live access to the entire scientific programme. If you decide to join us in-person, we’d love to welcome you to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden from 13–15 October 2021.
Don’t worry you don't have to decide now – if you change your mind you can always switch to the virtual event or vice versa. Don't miss out! Registration opens in March 2021.

We’re excited about the new format and look forward to welcoming you both virtually and in-person!

EUROSPINE 2021 Organising Team

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