Meeting President's Invitation

"Everything is worthwhile if the soul is not small.”
Fernando Pessoa

Dear Colleagues,
Dear Friends,
The more I read out these words from the great Portuguese poet, the more I find a parallel with the immediate past, the present and the future of ESGAR.

In the past months, we witnessed the big soul (and heart) of ESGAR as the Society continued
to provide education and science in the form of online workshops and meetings, interacting with clinical partners,
to reach territories outside Europe becoming a truly worldwide society,
to enhance the role of research in modern-day abdominal radiology and
to invest in the future of the society by engaging young(er) members through Young ESGAR.

One of the Society’s highlights, the Annual Meeting, was held virtually in 2020 and 2021, yet superbly fulfilling our souls in need of meeting colleagues and friends. All the efforts put into these activities were worthwhile albeit cumbersome, again because the soul of ESGAR is everything but little: the society could thrive even under quite challenging circumstances.

I address you as President of the next Annual Meeting, scheduled to take place in Lisbon, Portugal from May 31 – June 3, 2022.
We all aim at meeting again, face to face, in the worldwide-leading congress on abdominal and gastrointestinal radiology.

In Lisbon, a city with a very distinctive soul, I hope you will have the opportunity to take some extra time after the sessions and that it will be worthwhile to enjoy the nice and usually sunny weather; to take a walk by the riverside at sunset, or to experience it at one of the nearby beaches, feeling the smooth and white sand underneath your feet and the sea breeze in your nostrils; to visit the fascinating monuments and museums in Belém and the city centre; to taste the good food paired with a glass of flavoury Portuguese wine…

But above all, I am certain it will be worthwhile to join the Annual Meeting of ESGAR! The Scientific Programme will offer a very attractive Postgraduate Course, placing imaging of the bowel in the spotlight; the outstanding programme includes an extensive choice of lecture sessions, image-guided therapy sessions, tutorials, School of ESGAR sessions and several plenary sessions, including the Foundation Course; it also includes diverse scientific and poster sessions, as well as the Ultrasound Village. Globally, the Programme Committee built a remarkable and eclectic selection of scientific and educational sessions that will be worth attending.

I invite you to actively add to the scientific content of the meeting, by sharing your recent research work with the world. Abstract submission for scientific papers and scientific and educational poster is possible from the beginning of November until the Abstract Submission Deadline on January 15, 2022.

So, I am looking forward to host you next year in Portugal for the 33rd Annual Meeting of our Society, while meeting and greeting friends and colleagues who share the soul of ESGAR.
It shall be worthwhile!

Luís Curvo Semedo
ESGAR 2022 Meeting President

Important Dates

November 2021
Preliminary programme available

November 2021
Abstract submission opens

December 15, 2021
Registration opens

January 15, 2022
Abstract submission deadline

February 14, 2022
Notification of acceptance to authors

February 28, 2022
Early registration deadline

April 25, 2022
Pre-registration deadline

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