Welcome Words by the EANM Congress Chair

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

On behalf of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, it is my great honour to invite you to the 33rd Annual EANM Congress,  which will take place virtually from 22 to 30 October 2020. 

Nuclear Medicine keeps on growing in many clinical areas, from diagnostic imaging to therapy: our procedures are increasingly being incorporated into clinical practice, in a variety of settings and diseases. This success is mostly related to a peculiar characteristic of our specialty, namely the functional approach to medicine. PET imaging works so well because of the unique functional information provided to clinicians, and this feature is the key to the ongoing rapid diffusion of Nuclear Medicine.

In recent years, the status of the EANM Congress as the world-leading meeting in Nuclear Medicine has been firmly established. The number of attendees in 2019 exceeded that in any previous year, with more than 6950 participants, but we are working to make the 2020 event even bigger, more memorable, and virtual.

EANM cares for its members, participants and patients, with safety being our primary concern as COVID-19 continues to pose a major health threat worldwide. Therefore, it was decided that it is in the best interest of the entire NM community to go virtual only.

The Virtual EANM Congress will still have all the features that made the event successful in the past. The usual excellent tracks and sessions, from CME to joint sessions, have already been confirmed. A number of newer features are also being planned and we will have a new format for the plenary sessions, new top-rated oral presentation sessions and a new ‘Top Trials’ session.

A further characteristic of our Congress is its multidisciplinarity, and this will be emphasised in 2020, with a number of sessions bringing together physicians from many specialties as well as specialists in radiochemistry and pharmacy, physicists and other professionals. In addition, a dedicated track for technologists will be provided.

If all of this still isn’t enough to motivate you to attend the EANM’20 Congress virtually, we are working on providing some extra entertainment to make your virtual experience even more fun. This will include a daily nuclear quiz, daily programme highlights’ announcements, games and social opportunities.

 

Stefano Fanti
EANM Congress Chair 2020–2022