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Meeting President's Invitation

Dear Colleagues,

I am very honoured to welcome you in Rome from June 5 – 8, 2019 on the occasion of the 30th ESGAR Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course. This is a unique opportunity since the ESGAR Annual Meeting has never been hosted in Rome before and late spring is one of the best periods of the year to visit the city.
 
The ESGAR Annual Meeting has grown enormously since its first edition in 1990 and it is today the reference congress of European abdominal radiology. The reasons for its success are to be found in the special flavour of the meeting, a combination of education and science, innovation and clinical practice, experience of the old masters and exuberance of the young speakers. The Annual Meeting has always been an opportunity for society members to meet old colleagues and friends, exchange opinions and keep abreast of the latest advances. For occasional attendees, it offers the opportunity to be updated on abdominal radiology experiencing different learning modalities (including lecture sessions, tutorials, hands-on workshops) in a friendly atmosphere. For the young radiologists, the meeting represents the occasion to get together and create a network of relationships that is increasingly indispensable for the profession of the future. For the industry, it is a showcase in front of which about two thousand participants will stop.
 
Rome, “the eternal city”, needs no introduction. Rome is an open-air museum, where you can come across a Roman ruin, a Renaissance church or a Baroque palace at every corner. When walking from the Palatine hill, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum to the Vatican City you can travel through two thousand years of history within only a few minutes. But Rome offers not only antiquities: restaurants proposing Italian and regional roman cuisine, shopping for all budgets, relaxing walks in the numerous city parks and much more. 
 
The new Convention Center, “The Cloud”, was inaugurated in 2016. Designed by the renowned award-winning architect Massimiliano Fuksas, the complex follows the simple orthogonal lines of the surrounding 1930s rationalist architecture. “The Cloud” comprises two distinct architectural concepts: “The Theca” and “The Cloud”. “The Theca” is the stunning glass and metal outer shell and façade of the Convention Center. Suspended inside is “The Cloud”, an independent cocoon-like structure, covered with a high-tech fiberglass membrane, in which an auditorium with the capacity of 1800 participants can be found. The Convention Center is located in the south of the city’s downtown, in the business district of EUR. The venue is a mere 15-minute underground journey from Rome’s city centre with its many hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions and 20-minute taxi ride from the airport.
 
We are convinced that Rome 2019 will be another success for ESGAR and we look forward to welcoming you in the eternal city!

Prof. Andrea Laghi
ESGAR 2019 Meeting President

Important Dates

October 2018
Preliminary programme available

November 19, 2018
Abstract submission opens

December 2018
Registration opens

January 15, 2019
Abstract submission deadline

February 2019
Notification of acceptance to authors

March 13, 2019
Early registration deadline

May 8, 2019
Pre-registration deadline

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