EUROSPINE

EUROSPINE/SPINEWEEK 2012

28 May - 1 June, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Congress Report

This year’s annual meeting took place during SpineWeek from May 28 – June 1, 2012 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After Porto in 2004 and Geneva in 2008, Spineweek 2012 was again a success. Seven spine scientific societies participated this year: EuroSpine, ISSLS, ECSRS, NASS, SILACO, SRS and BSS.

The concept of SpineWeek is to have the annual meeting of leading spine societies in one location, thus making meeting logistics easier both for delegates and participating industry. Each participating society keeps its own scientific and social identity.

EUROSPINE’s Program Committee, chaired by Phil Sell (UK) collaborated closely with EuroSpine’s Lunch Symposia Committee, chaired by Ralph Kothe (Germany) and managed to set-up a wonderful scientific program that was well attended throughout the whole week.

Some features that were successfully implemented in past annual meetings were maintained. The EuroSpine 2.0 App was even improved to better meet the needs of participants. The included Audio Response System (ARS) helped participants express their views in interactive debate sessions. The expanded bookmark feature helped participants organize their daily conference life. The App automatically reminded of each bookmarked session 10 minutes before it started. That might be one of the reasons why EuroSpine sessions were so well attended.
Spine Times, the popular conference newspaper came in a print run of 3,000 and all four editions were gone in no time.
One of EUROSPINE’s aims is to encourage research in the field of spinal disorders. Therefore the society not only awards several prizes that are presented during the annual meetings but also offers Travel Grants for young colleagues all over the world to share their studies and attend the meeting. Out of the many applications, five outstanding studies were selected. This year’s winners are Satoshi Kato, Lazary Áron, Tim Hammett, Wang Miao and So Kato.
Last but not least, there is always time for networking. EUROSPINE’s Gala Dinner took place at “Het Scheepvaartmuseum”, the National Maritime Museum, which impressively showed how the Dutch culture is closely related with the sea with guided tours through their interactive exhibitions. It is a beautifully imposing and impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam. An architectural highlight is the glass roofing of the inner courtyard. We were lucky enough to enjoy a clear night that allowed us looking at the stars while savouring some Dutch delicacies.

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