Dear ICCS member
Your society is slowly emerging from the pandemic. We are looking forward to a very active end of 2021 and hopefully more or less business as usual next year. We acknowledge that the the pandemic is yet not over – especially in underpriviliged parts of the world – and that international travel may, for several reasons, never be what it was pre-2020. But we do believe in meetings in real life: the networking, brainstorming and exchange of ideas that happen outside the lecture halls during congresses and courses can never fully be ackomplished online. Thus, I am certainly going to Aarhus this (northern hemisphere) fall.
THE ICCS CONFERENCE IN AARHUS
As you know, the 2021 annual ICCS Conference will take place November 11-13 in Aarhus, Denmark. It will be on-site, but with key parts provided online. Abstract submission will soon open and deadline will be August 1st. We expect much interesting research to be presented and discussed. Please note that if you submit an abstract that means that you are planning to join the conference in person. Do not submit abstracts if you cannot attend.
As mentioned before, Aarhus is a lovely city in Jutland, Denmark. It is well-connected with the rest of Europe (and the world) and has aptly been described as the world’s smallest big city. (it is also quite impossible to pronounce – something like “aw-houze” – please practice!) It is also home to one of the best research teams in our field, led by people like Søren Rittig and Kostas Kamperis.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
The ICCS will hold a session during the upcoming ESPU congress which will be held online September 25-26. Erik van Laecke, Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink and Kostas Kamperis, moderated by long-time ICCS friend Piet Hoebeke, will speak on topics close to our hearts (or bladders).
The recurring course on Urodynamics and urotherapy in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is up and running again. It will be given IRL March 25-26 next year. It has always been excellent, thanks to Board member Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink and her team.
The 2022 ICCS conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan. The dates are not certain but November 18-20 is a good guess. Taipei is home of long-time Board member Stephen Yang and his team. He is an excellent conference organiser and Taipei is a vibrant, exotic, populous but safe and very friendly place to be. We promis that the conference will be a great success.
The 2023 ICCS conference will be held in Salvador, Brazil, and will be led by Bira Barroso and his team. Probable dates are November 15-17, 2023. He also has a good track record as an excellent organiser of international meetings. Salvador is arguably the home of Brazilian cuisine, music and African-American-European culture and it is crammed with beautiful buildings and great restaurants. Make sure to get there!
The ICCS course in Tbilisi, Georgia, is set to be given October 16-17, after two postpoments. It will be the first time that the ICCS is in the Caucasus and it will be just great.
THE E-LEARNING COURSE
An extra important way to spread the word in this time of cancelled courses and strangled international transport options is our e-learning course. It is readily available from the website and I promis that it won’t make you disappointed.
There is still some despicable individual who sends strange e-mails to ICCS members in my name. These e-mails can quite easily be distinguished by the fact that they reveal no knowledge about either myself or your Society and that they discuss money transactions or other shady matters which I would never do. Please just ignore and destroy the messages.
Please do not hesitate to pose questions and suggestions to us in the Board or to the ICCS Regional Representative from your part of the world. It is your activity that keeps us going. But please note that during July I will be a bit slower than usual to answer e-mails, since I will spend some time with my family in the summer house.
You will hear from me again in September (-ish). Stay safe until then – wash your hands, stay in contact with your loved ones and listen to the experts, not the conspiratory theorists.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Pediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden