Dear friends and colleagues,
We imagine that many of you have been wondering about the ESB 2021 Conference in this time of COVID. The good news is that we will host the 2021 Conference this year from 5th to 9th September, as a face-to-face event!!
The pandemic situation in Portugal has eased. The national 7-day incidence of 30 (as of May 26; Johns Hopkins University) is currently below the critical threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Portugal is not considered a risk area. Despite some restrictions to assure safety, cafes, restaurants and shopping centres have reopened. In addition, vaccination against Coronavirus is progressing in Europe at good pace.
That is why we have decided to have a semi-hybrid Conference. This means that we are preparing a face-to-face Conference in Porto with as many live lectures and discussions (including poster sessions) as possible! Plenary, Invited and Keynote speakers that cannot attend will be live streamed into the rooms. We will have an industrial exhibition as well, although, unfortunately, no social events can be offered at this stage.
For those who cannot attend on site, there will be a platform where the presentations will be available on-demand. We will have all posters at the platform, as well as an exhibition.
If a different health situation should emerge at any time after the early registration deadline, we will change to a completely virtual conference. Also, if it becomes apparent that the majority of attendees and authors have chosen to register for virtual participation only, we will have to switch to a completely virtual conference to assure the quality of the event.
So, we encourage you all to support us and register to the face-to-face Conference!
We look forward to welcoming you at the 31st Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials! Porto loves you & you will love Porto!
On behalf of the local organizing committee,
Ana Paula Pêgo (Chair)
M. Cristina L. Martins (Co-Chair)
Pedro L. Granja (Co-Chair)