The 35th EACTS Annual Meeting will take place in Barcelona from 13th – 16th October at the Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) and online, reconnecting members and other health care professionals and offering a packed programme of education and discussion – ranging from plenary sessions on the latest guidelines and clinical trials to professional challenge, focus and abstract sessions.
This year’s Annual Meeting will be one of the first international professional healthcare events, and certainly the first large-scale meeting in cardiovascular and thoracic medicine, to convene as the world gradually opens up after the Covid-19 pandemic.
It promises to showcase all the latest technical innovations and scientific breakthroughs that have been developed and refined during the pandemic and that will doubtless spark debate, discussion, excitement and even some controversy among cardiothoracic surgeons.
Travel restrictions are being lifted more slowly in some countries and regions than in others, so to help as many surgeons and healthcare professionals as possible from all over the world to attend, the Annual Meeting will run in a hybrid format. This means that delegates can take part in-person at the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB) or via the new EACTS virtual platform.
EACTS Secretary General, Rafael Sádaba said:
“I think the best way to experience the Annual Meeting is by attending in person. You get to meet your cardiothoracic colleagues from all over the world and to make those vital professional and personal connections. I also think some of scientific sessions are easier to enjoy if you are physically in the room. There are so many different sessions across the full scientific programme to look forward to that if one particular talk, debate or demonstration doesn’t appeal to you, another one that does will be just around the corner.”
Whether people are able join physically for the full event in Barcelona or from a screen in the hospital, office or at home, the hybrid format will allow delegates to:
- Take advantage of the exciting opportunities that the Annual Meeting offers,
- Explore new scientific insights, learning about the latest innovations in cardiothoracic surgery
- Take part in the many stimulating debates and discussions alongside global colleagues.
Also new for this year is the Skills Corner, which combined with the EACTS Training Village, will offer an opportunity for delegates to benefit from the skills of key opinion leaders and our industry partners as well as participate in interactive hands-on training such as wetlab, drylab and simulator sessions, all set in a professional, personalised and appropriately socially distanced training environment.