From the EURAPAG & Congress Presidents

Welcome Messages

May 2020

Dear friends in PAG,

This message is being written while we are all still reeling from the effects of Covid 19 and the resultant pandemic which had disrupted so much including our very own 15th European Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology which is now deferred until June 2021.

I must pay tribute to all those who have been involved in working so hard towards the Congress in 2020 and, disappointing as it has been, the outcome is no more than a delay and not a cancellation. All will come to fruition to create a bigger and better Congress in 2021 and I and my Board welcome you warmly.

It is with this in mind that I provide an extended welcome to our Congress which is being held under the auspices of the European Association, EURAPAG.

As a previous Congress convener I am all too well aware of the work and effort that is needed to ensure that the experience will be a positive one, and I am also extremely conscious of the time and commitment given by our Dutch colleagues from different disciplines to enable this Congress to be the success we will all deserve.

As my inevitable extended time in office draws to a close thanks the pandemic, I could not wish for a better way to say farewell and greet our new President and Board for the next three years. My time as President is flying by, but I am confident my experienced Board and I will be leaving the European PAG Association in a stronger position, with an expanded membership and with a more visible presence than was the case four years ago.

The Association has a deepening relationship with the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with whom we have shared the development of standards, joint publications on PAG and an exciting brand new European curriculum.

We also work closely with the global PAG network which is FIGIJ, the International Federation for PAG. Since taking on the reins of EURAPAG I have also been privileged to have been nominated and elected as President of FIGIJ at the end of 2019, working for all of you.

Other than for these shared goals, EURAPAG has supported and will continue to support PAG services in your respective countries as best we can, and we are there to ensure that services are retained and developed at a national level.

I should also point out that membership of EURAPAG still also allows for a discount on the annual subscription for the Journal of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

There is a lot to learn and share at this Congress and together we can make a difference in educating, training and promoting best management of the wide spectrum of conditions that come under the umbrella of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology.

If you are an experienced PAG specialist you still have much more to learn. If you are dipping your toe in the water to explore setting up a PAG practice then this Congress will help provide you with all the foundations you will need. Finally, if you are Trainee we would like to encourage you to be part of our family and help to establish and develop the future of PAG services. There is still much work to be done!

On behalf of the EURAPAG Board, our members and the wider PAG family I would like to extend a warm welcome to you in Rotterdam and express our sincere thanks to the Dutch PAG group who have worked so hard to make this happen.

Enjoy!

Paul Wood
President EURAPAG 2017-2021

Dear colleagues and friends,

Welcome to the 15th European Congress of Paediatric and Adolescents Gynaecology. This congress is a collaboration between the European Association of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (EURAPAG) and the Dutch society of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (DutchPAG). The meeting will be held in Hilton hotel in downtown Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The congress has been postponed from 2020 to 9-12 June 2021 due to Corona virus. Strict rules by international and national entities will instruct us how to organize the upcoming congress in a safe environment.
During this pandemic, we live in uncertain and ambiguous times. The Corona virus may have impacted you, the people you love, your organization or your country. The home stay period is a defining moment in our lives that calls upon resilience and resourcefulness. We miss our global connectedness and difficult times like this will remind us of the importance of working together.

Our goals are to share knowledge, to build interdisciplinary bridges in the care of PAG patients, to help each other learn in a stimulating environment and hopefully meet each other. The program highlights include international and national renowned speakers representing the major topics in PAG. Each day will start with a plenary session addressing a current issue of importance. After the plenaries, the scientific committee has organized parallel multidisciplinary sessions and debates on the major topics in PAG.

On Friday 11 June 2021, the Second Pan-European Trainees’ Congress is organized parallel to the other scientific sessions. So, both trainee and advanced sessions are directed to needs of learners at various stages of their career. This Second Trainees’ Congress focusses on small scale learning, including a stump-the-professor session as well as providing an opportunity for trainees to present their own research.

Togetherness is what this amazing event will bring in 2021 as networking remains a vital part of the congress. The social committee has organized excellent opportunities to meet old friends and colleagues and make new ones. The Welcome reception, hosted by the Mayor’s Office on Wednesday 9 June, is in the historic Town Hall of Rotterdam just across the street from the congress venue. This is one of the few old buildings in the centre of Rotterdam that has survived the bombardment of May 1940.
On Friday evening, the congress party will be held in ‘Dudok in het Park’. Dudok in the Park was originally called the ‘Heerenhuys de Heuvel’ and built around 1750. The building is located at the center of the lovely Euromast Park in the middle of the vibrant city of Rotterdam.

If your time and travel regulations allow, Rotterdam is an excellent city as starting point for visiting the Netherlands. The city itself has much to offer, tipped by the Lonely Planet and New York Times as a “must see”. Besides, Rotterdam is also the perfect base from which to visit other Dutch cities, nature, the beautiful North Sea beaches and the attractions in the area. Get on your bike and/or take public transportation and you’ll find yourself there in no time: from the bustling Rotterdam Maasvlakte and the vast dunes of Hoek van Holland to the royal city, The Hague. Or take a boat ride to the traditional Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk, a perfect activity in June.

So, on behalf of EURAPAG and DutchPAG, we appreciate your support for 2020 and invite you to register and book your hotel for the 15th EURAPAG congress in 2021. We are looking forward to make you feel welcome in Rotterdam.

Evelien Roos
Congress President