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13th Congress of the European Laryngological Society

17–20 June 2020, Stuttgart/Germany

Follow-up on the current situation

Dear ELS participants, dear colleagues and friends,

After careful deliberation we have made the decision to postpone the 13th Congress of the European Laryngological Society, which was scheduled for June 17-20, 2020. Under the impression of the current Covid-19 pandemic it is apparently impossible to conduct a successful conference which would meet the high standards set by our previous meetings. Of course, health and well-being of members, participants and faculty is our top-priority. In addition, it is hard to see how such an event could be realized with so many restrictions concerning travel, accommodation, catering and socializing in general. While scientific exchange and stimulation is the main goal it is almost equally important to meet personally. However, networking and social distancing are not going together very well.

I am aware you are not surprised that the conference will be postponed. In fact, some of you may think this decision has been overdue for some time. For a variety of technical and financial reasons we couldn’t act earlier, though. 

As of today, there is not yet a new date fixed. Provisionally we are aiming at the second half of April 2021. This may be subject to change, since many events are about to be re-scheduled these days, which is creating a significant pressure on availability of conference locations.

We will keep you updated on any changes as soon as they will occur. Please check our websites at www.els2020.org and www.elsoc.org for latest information. Information on fees already paid will follow. Expect the same concerning your abstract submissions.

Finally, I am sincerely asking you to stay with us and to contribute to our re-scheduled congress. I do hope to meet with all of you under better circumstances in order to celebrate our first conference in a hopefully past-pandemic era.

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Sittel
President ELS

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