The 2021 edition of European Congress of Radiology (ECR) held by the European Society of Radiology (Vienna, Austria) was an entirely virtual event due to the ongoing pandemic with attendees experiencing one of the biggest online programs in radiology ever, featuring state-of-the-art science, education and research presented by medical imaging professionals from across the world.
The ECR is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), which represents more than 120,000 members worldwide. The ECR is one of the largest medical congresses in the world, attracting more than 30,000 congress participants. With 300 companies exhibiting across more than 26,000m², its exhibition is also one of the largest medical exhibitions in Europe. The ECR is also the second-largest radiological meeting in the world with attendees spanning all areas of the radiology arena, including radiology professionals, radiographers, physicists, and industry representatives.
Alongside a fully integrated industry program featuring an array of industry symposia, ECR 2021 that was held online in Vienna, Austria from March 3-10, 2021 provided companies with the opportunity to interact with attendees via new and innovative networking solutions. With at least four parallel live streams, the congress offered a mixture of live, pre-recorded and interactive sessions covering a fantastic variety of topics and sub-specialties. Each day’s program was complimented with a variety of special early-bird and night-owl sessions.
ECR 2021 featured a brand-new congress concept – the Pop-Up World Tour. This unique format saw sub-events hosted by the ESR’s closest institutional and industry partners in a variety of locations across the world. National onsite attendance at these events was made possible for specially invited guests and speakers. The Pop-Up World Tour saw a unique program in each location, which was streamed live to congress attendees, making ECR 2021 a truly global event.
Another brand-new and very special feature of this year’s congress was Channel N° 1 which acted as a central fixed point around which all other congress events revolved. Broadcasting live from a dedicated studio, this channel featured Table Talk with semi-formal, entertaining live conversations on topics related to ESR and/or of interest to the audience, including a discussion round on COVID-19 testing and vaccination strategies. The guests included prominent radiologists from around the world and well-renowned scientists and clinicians from related fields. In addition, Channel N° 1 played host to the Pop-Up World Tour events. Taking place in different cities across the world, these events were shared here, giving everyone a taste of how radiology practice and research is being carried out in different countries.
Additionally, exhibitors presented their company at the ECR 2021 Virtual Exhibition where attendees discovered the latest in medical imaging technology and related services by browsing through the booths of exhibitors from around the globe. Attendees also chatted live with industry representatives, joined webinars and watched product presentations offered by the exhibitors at the ECR 2021 Virtual Exhibition.
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