Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The 29th EURAPS Annual Meeting in Meliá Castilla Hotel, Madrid, hosted by Bernardo Hontanilla and Alvaro Cabello, was an scientific and social success, having more than 400 registrations from 29 different countries.
The Aesthetic Panel on Thursday afternoon, on Rhinoplasty was very well attended by participants, covering mainly the aesthetic but also the reconstructive 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 held in the beautiful venue of El Palacio del Negralejo, and the farewell party at the swimming pool of the Meliá Castilla Hotel, 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 updated bylaws in the light of the changes occurred over the past years, that you will soon receive on a survey to be approved; the new website that will be ready for next Annual Meeting. In addition the Junior Working Group educational exchange platform, intended to facilitate the circulation of information about fellowships and programs across Europe, is ready on our website.
We believe it will be extremely beneficial for both residents and universities/hospitals and invite you all to register.
Moreover, next year the abstract book will only be available for download in .pdf format from the EURAPS website, 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 Helsinki, 23-25 May 2019, and keep up the growing trend.
The meeting will be held at the Finlandia Hall, the most iconic building designed by world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, located in the park on Töölönlahti Bay in the centre of Helsinki, not far from the main bus and railways stations and easily accessed from Helsinki Airport.
The venue offers an outstanding modern conference hall complete with the latest technology and exhibition space, nearby you will find different category hotels with rooms to suit all needs, and all kinds of other facilities, including swimming pool, gym and wellness area.
Farewell party will be held on Uunisaari island, located close to the city centre, offering a tranquil and relaxing seaside atmosphere.
More information regarding the city and venues will be soon available on our website.
In the meantime EURAPS would like to specially thank sponsors and all those involved in the organization of the meeting in Madrid, and wish everyone a wonderful and relaxing summer.
Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo
EURAPS Secretary General