Dear colleagues, dear friends,
On behalf of the German Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (DGKL), I am pleased to welcome you to EUROMEDLAB 2021 in the International Congress Center of Munich. As we are all aware, the Corona pandemic has forced us to postpone the congress twice for almost a year. Currently, we expect that herd immunity to SARS-CoV 2 will be achieved with the successful vaccination programs in Europe and worldwide and the high infection rates of the milder Omikron variant. When we had to postpone the congress the second time in the fall of 2021, this development was not yet foreseeable. But by now we feel that it is justifiable to offer again a traditional congress in compliance with appropriate measures to avoid infection.
With this format, we therefore hope to build on the so successful EUROMEDLAB congresses of the past and enable the very much missed direct scientific exchange and discussion. For those participants who cannot travel to Munich for a variety of reasons, an appropriate digital offering is planned, but in our opinion this can never fully replace the direct experience of a congress.
The organizing committee and the scientific program committee have worked continuously during the pandemic and, in my opinion, have once again put together a wide-ranging, extraordinary scientific program. Special thanks to all the speakers who were able to make the new dates possible despite being postponed twice. The congress program with plenary lectures, symposia including 4 DGKL-symposia, viewpoint sessions, educational workshops, and poster sessions will be complemented by a large exhibition showcasing the latest developments in the diagnostic industry. We are particularly grateful that there was consensus between the organizing committee and the industrial partners to organize an exhibition in the traditional format in compliance with local regulations supplemented by innovative virtual offerings.
I am sure that after a tremendously difficult time this congress in the hospitable city of Munich will provide the forum for fruitful scientific and personal exchange among the participants from all over Europe and the World as we know it from previous EUROMEDLAB congresses.
With my very best regards,
Professor Karl Lackner