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General Information ESGAR 2017

CME Accreditation

The 'ESGAR European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology' (or) 'ESGAR 2017 - 28th ANNUAL MEETING AND POSTGRADUATE COURSE' is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.net.

The 'ESGAR 2017 - 28th ANNUAL MEETING AND POSTGRADUATE COURSE' is designated for a maximum of (or 'for up to') 24 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited GroupLearning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Congress Venue

Athens is an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent conference facilities and easy access from all over the world with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities, diverse entertainment and natural beauty.

Easily accessible to global destinations through Athens International Airport, Athens has a long history of hosting international conferences and art events.

The Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC), situated just minutes from the vibrant city centre, is one of the finest and most technologically advanced conference venues in Europe. The MAICC, surrounded by its own extensive landscaped gardens, offers a stunning environment, exceptional aesthetics, innovative technology and unrivalled client service.

The congress venue is easily accessible from the airport. It is located on metro line 3 (blue line, metro station “Megaron Moussikis”) with only two stations to “Syntagma”, right in the heart of Athens.

Megaron Athens International Conference Centre MAICC
Vas. Sofias Ave. & Kokkali

GR – 11521 Athens, Greece

Congress Language

The meeting will be held in English.


The EURO (€) is the official currency in Greece.

Electricity Supply

In Greece the electrical current is 220 volts/50 Hz and round 2-pin plugs are standard. Americans and Canadians with 110V equipment will need a transformer which changes the voltage and an adapter to fit the plug sockets.


The number 112 can be dialed to reach emergency services – medical, fire and police – from anywhere in Europe. The operator redirects the call to the appropriate service. This Pan-European emergency number 112 can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or cellular phone). Free of charge.

Letter of Invitation

The Central ESGAR Office will be happy to provide you with a formal invitation letter (as soon as ESGAR has received the registration AND payment). It is understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential delegates to raise funds or to obtain a visa. This does not imply any commitment from the congress to provide financial funds or accommodation!


ESGAR is not liable for personal injury and loss of or damage to private property. Participants should obtain the appropriate travel insurance. The place of performance of any duties and obligations for both ESGAR and the participant’s sides shall be Vienna, Austria. Any contractual relationship with ESGAR shall be subject to Austrian law.

Passport and Visa

The entry formalities to Greece vary according to the country of origin. All visitors entering Greece must possess a valid passport or national ID card (for EU nationals). On the website of the Ministy for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic you can find out whether you need a visa for visits to Greece.


The international dialing code to Greece is 0030. For Athens you have to dial (0)21.

Time Zone

The time in Greece is GMT + 3 hours. Daylight Saving Time: +1 hour.

Important Dates - ESGAR 2017

October 31, 2016
Abstract submission opens

October 2016
Preliminary programme available

January 2017
Registration opens

January 16, 2017
Abstract submission deadline

February 2017
Notification of acceptance to authors

March 21, 2017
Early registration deadline

May 23, 2017
Pre-registration deadline

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