Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,
the 12th Congress of the European Skull Base Society, held from May 25 - 28 in Berlin was for many reasons a great success. Surgeons, physicians, scientists and many other people from all over the world gathered in Germany´s capital city Berlin, to learn, to exchange newest scientific results and to renew or build new friendships. Almost 420 people from 45 nations were present and listened or discussed in over 100 sessions and 415 presentations. Additionally there were 21 companies on 164 sqm which have been very supportive for the congress and their interesting exhibition maintained by 64 company representatives.
All facets of skull base surgery were covered comprehensively. The best presentations were voted by the audience at the special "Award Sessions" and 10 KARL STORZ Travel Awards were donated together with 10 ESBS Grants.
For the first time the Wolfgang Draf Lecture was presented. The lecturer Prof. Madjid Samii was honored for his outstanding presentation on "The Impact of Wolfgang Draf on Skull Base Surgery" with the Wolfgang Draf Lecturer Medal and Certificate of the ESBS. Another outstanding personality, Prof. Antonio Valavanis, was honored with the "Honorary Member“ Medal and Certificate of the ESBS.
Of extraordinary importance was the integration of two new corporate members to the ESBS. Croatia and Turkey became officially new members of the ESBS and received their official certificate at the Gala Event at the Arminiusmarkthalle. The ESBS is proud and happy to welcome these two new member states.
An very interesting exhibition was located close to the lecture rooms and enabled short ways and quick communication between attendees and exhibitors. A special meeting of exhibitors and organizers revealed an overall satisfaction of the exhibitors with the meeting and the possibility of contacts with the participants. Worth mentioning is the well-attended lunch symposium.
Last but not least the location was ideal in terms of the organisational aspects of the meeting, but also in terms of accessibility of the city center.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the ESBS I want to thank all participants, all speakers, chair persons, special lecturers, moderators and instructional course masters for their effort and time they invested in preparing remarkable presentations and making this ESBS Congress a success. A special thank you as well to all sponsors and companies which attended and supported the congress with their great exhibition and symposium. The organizers hope, that all of you keep this event in good memories and join the ESBS Congress 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.
Congress President of ESBS
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