Monday, September 6, 2010

ESCRS president Jose Guell highlights spirit of collaboration at Opening Ceremony

Welcoming delegates to Paris at the official Opening Ceremony of the XXVIII Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), Jose Guell, president of the ESCRS, said that the success of this year’s meeting looks set to mark a new stage in the evolution of the society.

“On behalf of the ESCRS, I would like to say how pleased we are to be holding the first ever joint meeting of our own Congress alongside that of the European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA). Although both organisations have their own significant programmes, several joint symposia have been organised, emphasising the spirit of collaboration and cooperation between our two organisations for the benefit of all our members,” he said.

Dr Guell noted that joint meetings such as this year’s ESCRS/EURETINA one offers delegates a compelling proposition in difficult economic times and with an increasingly crowded ophthalmic calendar.

“At a time when we all have to choose carefully which congresses to attend, this model of offering delegates two complementary meetings seems very valuable, with almost 6,000 delegates registered for the ESCRS and around 2,800 for EURETINA this year,” he said.

Building on the success of this year’s joint meeting, Dr Guell informed delegates that next year’s ESCRS Congress in Vienna will take place in conjunction with the second EUCORNEA meeting.

“I hope that this collaboration of two subspeciality organisations that have such close links will also prove beneficial for our members and delegates,” he said.

At the Opening Ceremony Dr Guell presented the Ridley Medal to Dr David Spalton (see picture). Dr Guell also announced that the ESCRS Board had unanimously decided to elect Dr Peter Barry from Ireland as the next President of the Society, taking office at the beginning of 2012.

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