The European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO), hosted by the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) have announced that their November meeting will no longer take place as a physical event. CIRSE says that, in order to provide continuing education in interventional oncology, a series of webinars will be taking place between November 2020 and February 2021.
In full, the letter from ECIO scientific programme committee (SPC) chairperson Alban Denys (CHUV University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland) and ECIO SPC deputy chairperson Philippe Pereira (SLK-Kliniken GmbH, Heilbronn, Germany) reads:
“We would like to update you on ECIO and how we are planning to proceed in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As you all know, in the spring we had to postpone ECIO 2020 to November. At that time, we were hopeful that we could meet again in the fall to discuss the latest data and share our experience with a community that we have all come to appreciate so much.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still far from being contained and the uncertainty involved in planning a major in-person event at this point has given us no choice but to take the difficult decision that ECIO 2020 will not take place as a physical meeting. It is with heavy hearts that we have to make this announcement, not only as physicians keen to push our specialty, but also as colleagues and friends looking forward to meeting you again soon in person.
“However, we are hopeful that ECIO 2021 will take place as planned from April 11–14 in Stockholm.”