I am very pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Meeting of the German Spine Society will be held as a face to face meeting in Muenster from december 9 – 11, 2021. I would like to cordially invite all of you to this, whether vaccinated, recovered or tested. We will finally be able to meet and exchange ideas again in the usual way, albeit in compliance with certain hygiene rules. The successful congress format has essentially been retained. The congress hall of Muenster offers ideal conditions with a generous amount of space for our scientific sessions, the lunch workshops, the nursing and therapists' conference and, of course, an exciting industrial exhibition.
Under the motto "tradition and innovation", we will discuss the tried and tested and the new in pro and con sessions at the annual conference. Other focal points will be "Women in spine surgery" and certainly our heartfelt concern of continuing education. We have been able to win Larry Lenke, Stefano Boriani, Rajiv Sethi and Thanos Tsirikos as international speakers for our key note lectures. They will speak on the topics of deformities in childhood and adulthood and bone tumours in the spine.
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Holtherm, Head of the Corona Crisis Unit at the Federal Ministry of Health, will give an overview lecture on the SARS-CoV pandemic and will certainly provide us with a highly interesting outlook on the further effects in the coming years. On Friday and Saturday, as in previous years, the scientific programme will be accompanied by the care and physiotherapy meeting. Our international cooperation partner will be the Swedish Society of Spinal Surgeons.
New to the programme are the partner sessions with our parent societies. Under the mottos "DWG meets DGOU" and "DWG meets DGNC", which will open with invited overview lectures, we want to express and further strengthen the close partnership with our parent societies.
Join me in looking forward to an upbeat social evening in Speicher 10 with live music by Münster-based musician and entertainer Götz Alsmann and band.
I look forward to seeing you in Münster!
Prof. Dr. med. Ulf Liljenqvist
President DWG 2021