ESSR 2020 goes virtual

„Turning ideas into reality.
Be part of the translation!“


With our first fully digital conference now under our belt, we would like to thank every one of you who made this year’s pioneering event a truly special one! 

We had two very rewarding days, filled with interesting sessions, posters and meet the experts networking lounges, as well as interesting virtual booths in the exhibition. 

We had many stimulating discussions with people from all over the world, and we were really happy to witness the dawn of new research networks. With 251 participants from 22 countries, we are delighted that we have managed to redesign the agenda from the ground up enabling to share as much of the scientific input as possible from the 253 submitted abstracts. 

A special thank you also goes to all our fantastic key note speakers and the oral presenters who did an outstanding job in recording their presentations for our virtual venue. 

If you are interested in attending the meetings in 2021 you can find the information on and  

Best seasons greetings, 

Dietmar Öfner-Velano
Honorary President

Manuel Maglione
Congress President

Rupert Oberhuber     Benno Cardini           Andras Meszaros
Congress Secretaries

The European Society for Surgical Research
and the Austrian Society for Surgical Research present

ESSR 2020

“Turning ideas into reality.
Be part of the translation!”

Dear ESSR attendees!

The Boards of the European and Austrian Society of Surgical Research together with the LOC have extensively discussed the current global dynamics of Covid-19.

The start of a new academic year with further uncertainties regarding the development of the pandemic, possible new travel restrictions or tightening of already existing ones, but especially with health and safety of all participants being the utmost priority, we have decided to organize a totally virtual joint meeting of the European Society for Surgical Research and the Austrian Society for Surgical Research.

The new dates of the meeting are December 10th – 11th 2020.

With the knowledge of the intrinsic shortcomings of virtual conferences, we will work hard towards a virtual meeting that addresses two main issues: knowledge transfer and networking. Live talks, recorded presentations, extended Q&A sessions, and interaction possibilities with exhibitors should support us in this (ad)venture.

We believe that with your help and enthusiasm we will experience an exciting conference characterized by an active exchange of ideas and concepts and we will take an important step regarding the feasibility of future hybrid or total virtual meetings.

If you have already registered for the congress, if you are a faculty member, a successful abstract submitter, or an exhibitor/sponsor, we will be communicating with you directly in due course.

In the coming days, the congress homepage as well as the congress program will be updated. Thank you for your patience and for understanding this unprecedented situation and the decision which has been taken.

We are looking forward to having you onboard on this exciting journey!

Kind regards from Innsbruck

Manuel Maglione
Chairman LOC

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