ESRS 2014: Summary

Published in ESRS Newsletter November 2014


ESRS 22nd Congress, Tallinn, Estonia, 16 -20 September, 2014

I am very pleased to provide a summary on behalf of the outgoing Scientific Committee of the highly successful 22nd ESRS Congress held in Tallinn, Estonia in September. The congress was attended by 1,568 participants from 66 countries. The Scientific Committee received 876 submitted abstracts, from which 125 oral and 743 poster presentations were selected. There were 21 symposia and 4 well attended keynote sessions (e.g., 800 at the Richard Morris presentation), in addition to a mix of case discussions, video sessions, teaching courses, joint symposia etc. The Scientific Committee took the decision to revise the schedule of the congress to try to minimise the number of overlapping parallel symposia and to try to maximise the opportunity to attend sessions of interest for all participants. We think this worked well. For example, the sessions immediately following the Opening Ceremony were attended by over 1,000 people. Finally, we all enjoyed very much the wonderful hospitality of the Estonian people and the beautiful city of Tallinn. I would like to thank all members of the previous Scientific Committee for their hard work in putting together the scientific content of the meeting and I wish the current Scientific Committee all the best for the next meeting in Bologna 2016.

Simon Archer
Chair Scientific Committee 2012 - 2014