ECE 2022 brings our community back together
We were delighted to gather for ECE 2022 and the return of face-to-face meetings following two years of an online-only Congress. To give our whole community the opportunity to participate, ECE 2022 was offered as a hybrid event with the ECE@Home registration, giving delegates both at home and in Milan the option to watch some sessions live online, or to catch up On Demand during and after the Congress.
The content from ECE 2022 is still available to view On Demand for all registered delegates until 22 July 2022, and after this date, access will be available only to ESE Members who registered for ECE 2022.
Visit ESE On Demand to catch up on or re-watch presentations from ECE 2022.
We were delighted to welcome over 4,000 delegates to the Congress, with 75% attending in person and 25% online, signalling the welcome return to in person meetings for our community. This translated into excellent participation in, and engagement across, all sessions, whether delegates joined remotely or face to face. The online platform, based on the successful one used for ECE 2020, brought a familiarity and easy user journey for all attendees, whether joining in person in Milan or online.
2022 saw a record year for abstract submissions, with over 2,200 submissions of which 2,193 were accepted. 83 abstracts were presented across 14 Oral Communication sessions, 99 as 14 Rapid Communications and 12 as part of the Young Investigator session. In addition, 774 physical posters* were displayed across the three main days of the Congress, with the remainder displayed as ePosters both on the Congress platform and on ePoster screens within the exhibition hall.
Rather than stay with the previous format of poster tours, we wanted to encourage extended networking after two years apart, so a new ‘Posters and evening drinks’ section was added to the programme each day, allowing delegates to view posters and speak to authors, and each other, in a more informal way.
*authors with physical posters also had the option to upload their poster as an ePoster
European Hormone Day launch
The first ever European Hormone Day was launched at the Congress on Monday 23 May. A dedicated exhibition booth was alive with discussion throughout the day, which culminated in a surprise musical performance and an opportunity for more networking. While there was a lot of fun to be had during these exciting activities, the key message was not lost. The focus of the day was clear: to raise awareness about the significant role that hormones play in overall wellbeing. European Hormone Day is set to become a fixture in the annual endocrinology calendar and, while this first year is about connecting with European and national decision makers, plans for the future growth of this important initiative are well underway.
European Women in Endocrinology (EUWIN) launch
The European Women in Endocrinology (EUWIN) launch also took place during ECE 2022. Started by Cynthia Andoniadou, Wiebke Arlt and Jenny Visser, this group has been established to improve opportunities for women, and diversity, across European endocrinology and within ESE. The launch event in the ECE Hub was inspiring and energising and the feedback of the many attendees is being collated to allow this important group to move forward in planning their future activities.
The Patient Experience Zone and Patient’s Voice Hubs
The Patient Experience Zone was a new addition to the exhibition hall, with Patient Advocacy Groups (PAGs) invited to host a ‘pod’ in a purpose-built space. This was a giant step forward from the small table-top stands allocated to the PAGs in previous years – a reflection of ESE’s commitment to support our members to provide patients with endocrine diseases with the best possible care. The Patient Experience Zone was a welcoming space where PAGs could share information and network with Health Care Professionals (HCPs).
This was coupled with the Patient’s Voice Hub sessions which took place on Saturday 21 May. PAGs were given the opportunity to share information about their organisations and the ways in which they can, and do, support patients and HCPs through partnerships, research collaborations and other initiatives. All these activities tie in with our Patient Advocacy Group Affiliated Membership scheme, of which there are now 18 member organisations.
The Congress e-Bag
The Congress e-Bag was available to online delegates via the online platform as well as to delegates attending in Milan, who could scan QR codes on our Congress e-Bag wall to access individual flyers, documents and videos. This marked a move away from delegate bags packed full of printed items and reflects ESE’s environmental commitment, with the reduction of print copies meaning less waste from the Congress. The Congress e-Bag was extremely well-used, with over 1,500 individual visitors over the course of the Congress.
Plans for ECE 2023, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 13-16 May 2023, are well underway and it promises to be another exciting Congress. Register your interest to be kept up to date and to be informed when registration opens towards the end of 2022.