Welcome Words by the EANM Congress Chair

 

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, it is my great honour to invite you to the 35th Annual EANM Congress. The event will finally be held in person from October 15-19, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. After two years of virtual events, we are now confident of hosting the Congress in its usual and much missed format.

 

The last two years have been truly challenging for the entire world due to the pandemic. This has been especially true for those who work in healthcare, as we all do. Nevertheless, nuclear medicine has experienced incredible growth, both in diagnostic imaging and therapy. We have seen exciting innovations in every area of our specialist field: new whole-body PET tomographs are now being used clinically, PSMA tracers have been incorporated into clinical guidelines, and excellent trials of theranostic radiopharmaceuticals were presented and published. Furthermore, many other new radiopharmaceuticals which facilitate the study and treatment of new targets are being introduced, with more and more protocols addressing unmet clinical needs and new applications in operation. This success remains related to that very peculiar characteristic of our specialist field, namely, its functional approach to medicine, and we really feel the need to celebrate all such achievements and innovations with a real congress as we used to do.

We proudly celebrated the status of the EANM Congress as the world’s leading meeting for nuclear medicine when we reached almost 7000 participants in 2019. The pandemic subsequently forced us to move to a virtual format for two consecutive years and we did our best to keep a great event running with all the best features of an EANM Congress. We succeeded in introducing many innovative features and we were able to maintain a great scientific programme as well as some entertaining sessions. However, it is clear to everybody that the ‘in-person’ Congress was missed very much and that the opportunities to interact and network were not comparable. As a result, we are happy to announce that we will come back to the usual format this year at one of our favourite venues, Barcelona. On the other hand, we have also learned that a virtual event does have some advantages, above all, the opportunity to allow many colleagues to attend sessions that they otherwise would probably not have seen. For this reason, we will also plan a virtual event for summer 2022 for the first time: The EANM Multidisciplinary Days on June 28-30, 2022. Therefore, sessions like the former Pre-Congress Symposia and most Joint Symposia will run virtually in June, making it easier for everybody to attend, while the majority of sessions will take place in person in October. Here we are certain to focus on opportunities to meet other professionals in the field and the social aspect of the Congress.

In summary, we are planning a great live event for October and an additional virtual event in June. We are working to provide you with a congress filled with superb and comprehensive scientific content as well as a lot of other innovative features to make your participation truly memorable.

 

Stefano Fanti
EANM Congress Chair 2020–2022