The Vienna Convention Bureau was instrumental in hosting Europe's largest congress for radiology and radiotechnology exclusively online for the first time in the event's history.
Organisers say 15,000 international participants from 30 countries joined the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) ‘Virtual Exhibition’ 15-19 July, 2020. The virtual attendance represented a 5% rise in numbers from the previous edition. It was delivered via a new, online format with 216 companies presenting their products and holding webinars.
Another new feature of the digital ECR 2020 were the ESR Table Talks presented by hosts, professor Boris Brkljačić and professor Lorenzo Derchi, directly from the European Society of Radiology building in the heart of Vienna.
The event included a ‘Vienna Lounge’ set up with the aim of creating just the right Viennese ambience as the backdrop for the congress, with concerts, cooking courses, and virtual tours of Viennese museums featuring on the delegate programme.
"The educational content at this year's congress has been of an extremely high standard and, although I hope that we will 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 professor Brkljačić.
Many companies also organised specific satellite symposia.
The ECR 2020 will continue until December 2020 with ten highlight weeks that deal with a series of carefully selected topics. More information: www.myesr.org