EACTS celebrates 27 years of staging Annual Meetings in 2013 and we are delighted to be returning, for the fourth time in our history, to the glorious city of Vienna. The Imperial city offers the visitor a rich diversity of cultural styles and eras in one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Steeped in history,the city center is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, and is famous as the home of the Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Palace of Schonbrunn - not to mention the Vienna Boys Choir and the famous Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School. Its coffee houses also offer a perfect place from which to dream of the Imperial days of yore.
This year's Annual Meeting will build upon the successes of the past. In Barcelona last year, registrations yet again surpassed expectations when 4,600 cardio-thoracic surgeons and allied health professionals joined forces with our Industry partners to achieve a record attendance of 6,500 participants.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vienna this October.
A message from our President:
Jose Luis Pomar, EACTS President
We invite you to participate in the 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery which will be held in Vienna, Austria, from Saturday 5 to Wednesday 9 October 2013.
The EACTS Annual Meeting is the largest cardio-thoracic meeting in the world, a position it has maintained for over a decade. The event regularly attracts in excess of 5000 participants, 4000 of whom are registered physicians.
Our scientific programme will focus on scientific developments and research over our four main specialties: Acquired Cardiac Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Vascular Disease and Thoracic Disease. The theme for the 27th Annual Meeting will be "Optimizing training for better patient outcome." The core programme, which will include our Techno-College, Postgraduate Courses, keynote lectures and abstract sessions, will once again be complemented by an innovative programme of focus and professional challenge sessions, workshops, wetlabs and discussion panels.
An exciting trade exhibition and satellite symposia programme will offer our Industry partners the opportunity to showcase their next generation of technology solutions.
We look forward to seeing you in Vienna.