Message from the President of the ESP

   Professor Aleš RYŠKA
  ESP President

Dear ESP Members, dear Colleagues,

After almost two years of frustrating isolation and various restrictive measures, the time has finally come when the Covid-19 epidemic seems to be, if not close to an end, at least significantly diminished.

We have all been waiting for our lives to return to the old ways of the pre-covid era. Few of us could have imagined that European countries, and indeed the whole world, would face a challenge at least as serious as the pandemic. The unprecedented attack on Ukraine by Putin's Russia has not only caused immeasurable suffering for the people of that free country but has also had direct impact on the entire world economy, including the health care sector.

As we announced on the ESP website right after the beginning of the Russian aggression, our society joined the financial support of Ukraine both by donation to the International Red Cross and by financially supporting the national society of Ukrainian pathologists. We will also support the participation of our Ukrainian colleagues at the ECP in Basel. Those who attend online will have their registration fee completely waived. Those who can attend the congress physically will have a significantly reduced registration fee.

You have probably already noted the decision of the Scientific/Organising Committee to organise the congress in Basel in a hybrid form. We still believe that most pathologists will be interested in attending the congress in person, and the current numbers of registrations suggests that this will be the case. However, for those who for various reasons cannot make it to Switzerland, there will be the option of joining and participating online. All scientific sessions will also be recorded and will be available for ex-post viewing after the ECP. All detailed information can be found on the ECP website.

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Vision: Excellence in pathology for optimal patient care.
Mission: As the leading force in European pathology, the European Society of Pathology (ESP) promotes high quality pathology diagnosis for all patients, up-to-date education across Europe and support cutting-edge research to understand disease and translate science into clinical practice. 
Message from the ESP President about the Ukrainian crisis
The European Society of Pathology (ESP) stands united in its ultimate solidarity with Ukraine and Ukrainian Pathologists in such extraordinary times. We are deeply concerned and saddened by the tragic developments in Ukraine.

As a priority affiliated partner, ESP will support Ukrainian colleagues and their families by any possible means in facing the unprecedented economic and psych-social challenges. ESP has decided to set up an emergency fund to alleviate the suffering of our Ukrainian colleagues and their families as well as to support basic living standards.

Aleš Ryška
ESP President
On behalf of the ESP Executive Committee 

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