It is a great honour for me, as President of the 41st SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress in Budapest to welcome all of you who are thinking of taking this academic tour to Central Europe again following a really successful event in Prague in 2011. My special welcome goes to the SICOT Friendship Nations! We decided this year to offer this status to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia (CEOC). Participants who are coming to Budapest, our capital, for the first time, are going to experience a friendly atmosphere in a city with plenty of historical heritage. Budapest was voted the second most beautiful city in the world in 2017 and 2018 and received the European Best Destination prize in 2019. You will have the opportunity to see the Blue Danube separating Buda from Pest and climb the Gellért hill from which all the bridges and main buildings are visible. What an unforgettable experience! There are so many good reasons to attend this important event beyond the scientific part of the conference.
Concerning the scientific part of this Congress, the instructional programme is already being organised by myself and the Programme Chair. In 2020 the Educational Day is going to centre on the ’Shoulder & Elbow’ and we will be reprising the very popular Cadaver Labs. Invitations have already been sent to the Plenary Speakers and Keynote Lecturers in different subjects. Besides the key opinion leaders, free paper sessions, workshops and ’Just-A-Minute’ presentations will be put together. Young orthopaedic surgeons are warmly welcomed, and we invite you to take part in our popular SICOT Diploma Exam in 2020.
From the moment we first knew that the Congress would be held in Hungary, we began preparing something special. We have been translating a magnificent book on the History of Hungarian Orthopaedics from 1836 to 2008, and we have now added our orthopaedic history up to 2020. When you read this new version of the book you will be able to explore the past and present of Hungarian orthopaedics and learn about nearly 200 years of Hungarian excellence in the field.
As President of the Congress, together with the members of the Programme and Organising Committees, I guarantee that you will not regret attending this multi-faceted event.
See you in Budapest in September 2020!
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