ESRS 2016: Summary

Published in ESRS Newsletter November 2016


ESRS 23rd Congress, Bologna, Italy, 13 -16 September 2016

On behalf of the outgoing Scientific Committee we are happy to provide a summary of the highly successful 23rd ESRS Congress held in Bologna, Italy in September. The congress was attended by 1903 participants from 64 countries. A record number of 1037 abstracts were submitted, from which the Scientific Committee selected 114 for oral presentation and 743 as posters. There were 21 symposia and 5 keynote sessions which were all well attended (e.g., 700 at Eus van Someren’s keynote presentation). For some symposia, extra screens had to be put outside as the rooms were full. In addition, there were round table sessions, case discussions, teaching courses, and joint symposia. In collaboration with the Board of the ESRS it was decided to omit the last half day (Saturday) as in the past, congress attendance has generally been very low on that day. To boost attendance at the poster sessions drinks and snacks were offered to attendees, as in Tallinn, and we think this worked well. It was very gratifying to see the planned meeting come to life. Finally, we all enjoyed the Italian food and hospitality greatly as well as the beautiful city of Bologna. We want to thank all the members of the previous Scientific Committee for their hard work in putting together the content of the meeting in Bologna and wish the new Scientific Committee all the best for the next meeting in Basel in 2018.

Tom de Boer and Renata Riha
Co-chairs of the Scientific Committee 2014-2016