NEWSLETTER – June 2017

Dear colleagues and friends,

The 28th EURAPS Annual Meeting in Pisa, hosted by Grazia Salimbeni and Francesca De Lorenzi, was an outstanding scientific and social success, having 514 registrations from 30 different countries.
We introduced for the first time the Aesthetic Panel on Thursday afternoon, shared between European and US colleagues from our sister association the AAPS, and covering mainly facial aesthetic surgery.
Overall, we were very pleased to see the remarkably high number of attendees and how the scientific level of the presentations opened to constructive engagement and active participation during discussion time throughout the conference. Furthermore, the social dinner and farewell party held in the beautiful venues of Arsenali Repubblicani and InVilla, left us with some wonderful memories of the meeting and we hope they were a good occasion for new-comers to expand their network and grow their interest in the EURAPS.

This meeting gave way to a number of innovations, including the creation of extraordinary committees to find alternative sources of income, to update the bylaws in the light of the changes occurred over the past years, and to improve our website and provide better user-experience and looks. In addition, by the end of 2017 the Junior Working Group exchange platform, a system intended to facilitate the circulation of information about fellowships and educational programs across Europe, will be ready and we believe this project will be extremely beneficial for both residents and universities/hospitals. Moreover, next year the abstract book will also be available to read and download in .pdf format on the EURAPS website and on the free EURAPS app, hoping to encourage the more systematic use of digital technology, following our intention to reduce to a minimum the use of paper in the future.

Such a success is a positive incentive to work even harder towards the next meeting in Madrid, 16-19 May 2018, and keep up the growing trend. The meeting will be held at the Hotel MeliĆ£ Castilla, located near the centre, by the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The venue offers an outstanding conference hall complete with the latest technology and exhibition space, as well as a diverse range of rooms to suit all needs, and all kinds of other facilities, including swimming pool, gym and wellness area. More information regarding the city and venues will be soon available on our website.

In the meantime EURAPS would like to specially thank all those involved in the organization of the meeting in Pisa, and wish everyone a wonderful and relaxing summer.

Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo
EURAPS Secretary General