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Case study: Vienna’s European Radiology Congress sets a standard for virtual events

Europe’s largest congress for radiology and radiotechnology, the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) was held exclusively online for the first time this year.

Organised by the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the event, which ran from 15-19 July 2020, was converted to an online event due to the risk of Covid-19 and the ever-changing international travel restrictions.

The event welcomed a record number of 15,265 delegates from more than 130 countries who took part in the digital ECR 2020, an increase of five per cent in delegate numbers from the 2019 event.

The participants of ECR 2020 were offered more than 50 live sessions, ranging from plenary lectures and special-focus sessions through presentations on Covid-19 and a special live stream for radiologists.

Virtual Exhibition & ESR Table Talks

A total of 216 companies participated in the new, innovative online format “Virtual Exhibition”, presenting their products and holding webinars. As part of the virtual exhibition, a “Vienna Lounge” was also set up with the aim of creating just the right Viennese ambience. Concerts, cooking courses, and virtual tours of Viennese museums were also on the programme.

Many companies also organised specific satellite symposia. Another new feature of the digital ECR 2020 was the ESR Table Talks, which were presented by the hosted by professor Boris Brkljačić and professor Lorenzo Derchi directly from the European Society of Radiology building in the heart of Vienna.

More than 25 experts in radiology took part in the table talks. This enabled the participants to gain insights into numerous topics in the field.

“The educational content at this year’s congress has been of an extremely high standard and, although I hope that we can all meet together in Vienna again soon, I think this congress has proved that online conference formats are possible and that the ESR has successfully set an industry standard with last week’s meeting,” said congress president Brkljačić, summing up the congress on a positive note.

The ECR 2020 will continue until December 2020 with ten highlight weeks that deal with a series of carefully selected topics.

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