Dear ESGAR Members, Colleagues and Friends,
The ESGAR Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course has been in existence since 1990 and has become the largest and most important subspecialty GI Abdominal Radiology meeting in the world. It is our great honour, therefore, to invite you to join us for the 29th edition of the ESGAR Annual Meeting, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland from June 12 – 15, 2018. This will be the second time that Dublin will host the Annual Meeting, the first time being in 2001, when the meeting attracted a record high attendance at the time.
At ESGAR 2018 in Dublin you are guaranteed an excellent and varied scientific programme, an up-to-date and high quality technical exhibition and a truly enjoyable social programme. In preparing the scientific programme we have endeavoured to cover the full range of topics in GI and Abdominal Radiology with special emphasis on the multidisciplinary management of the most common GI and abdominal malignancies in our Postgraduate Course on Day 1.
The meeting venue will be Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre. Providing an exceptional venue for some of the world’s leading international conferences and corporate events, this striking facility combines spacious, flexible and elegant conference halls, leading edge technology with expert management and an extensive range of support services. Designed by award-winning architect Kevin Roche, the CCD has become an iconic landmark building on Dublin’s skyline. Located on the banks of the River Liffey, it is a mere 20 minute journey from Dublin Airport and within easy walking distance of Dublin’s city centre with its many hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions.
Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and was founded by the Vikings in 842. The city is a blend of historical churches and cathedrals, Georgian squares and townhouses, castles and monuments together with a vast array of new hotels, shopping centres and stunning street architecture. The city is steeped in history and is buzzing with energy. While it has a genuine cosmopolitan feel, Dublin has still managed to retain its own distinct culture, which is expressed in a love of literature, drama, traditional music and sport. Easy to get to and easy to get around, the city’s mixture of the traditional and the modern will excite and inspire, while the famed Irish hospitality will give that extra dimension.
For those who can spare an extra day or two, consider taking time out before or after the meeting to visit some of Ireland's many wonderful attractions that are within easy reach of Dublin - the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, the Wild Atlantic Way, the Giant's Causeway, Bunratty Castle and the Wicklow Mountains to name but a few. Ireland is home to many of the world’s finest golf courses and is hard to beat when it comes to the outdoor pursuits of fishing, hill walking and sailing. There truly is something for everyone in Ireland so please do come and enjoy.
We look forward to welcoming you at ESGAR 2018!
See you soon in Dublin!
Prof. Helen Fenlon
ESGAR 2018 Meeting President