|A Letter from the Secretary General|
Dear Dr. Radu Constantiniu,
The impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on our personal lives but also on our professional activities is unprecedented in modern times. We are all experiencing the effects, although the intensity varies strongly per country. We want to express our gratitude and respect for all the efforts our members across the world are taking to fight this battle together.
Of course, this pandemic also significantly impacted the European Association of Urology, forcing us to make some very difficult decisions over the past few months. Initially, we hoped that by delaying it, we could host an Annual Congress as normal, but soon it became clear that cancelling the physical meeting was the only option.
Many people have put a lot of work into the Annual Congress by submitting abstracts and compiling a very comprehensive plenary programme of the highest quality. Therefore, we are pleased to inform you that our Scientific Congress Office has developed an outstanding programme for our first virtual Annual EAU Congress. From Friday 17 until Sunday 19 July all the main highlights of the original programme will be presented online, followed by interactive discussions.
As a token of our gratitude to your commitment to our association, all EAU members will have free access to all scientific content of the meeting. Please find below more information on the virtual EAU20 Congress and how to access its content.
On behalf of the EAU Executive, I thank you again for being part of our community. We wish you all the best in these difficult times and hope to welcome you at the virtual Annual EAU Congress in July.
With kindest regards,
Prof Christopher Chapple
EAU Secretary GeneralFree access to the virtual EAU20 CongressThe virtual EAU20 Congress allows us to publish all accepted scientific work and their important messages. The three-day programme (17-19 July) will consist of highlights of the existing programme. It will be followed shortly afterwards by a week of evening series of themed online sessions presenting the Best of EAU abstracts and videos (20-26 July).
Just like EAU20 registrants, all EAU members will have access to the scientific content of the virtual congress via their MyEAU credentials. The accepted EAU20 abstracts and surgical videos will soon become available online via the EAU20 Resource Centre. We will inform you in due course about the exact timing of the availability of the content. For an overview of the most frequently asked questions and its answers, please check the EAU20 website.
We hope that by sharing the scientific highlights of EAU20 in this manner, you will be able to explore the latest developments in urological science at your own convenience and keep innovating in care.
EAU Guidelines for EAU MembersYou might have seen that the new EAU Guidelines are now available online. Based on the latest evidence, our Guidelines remain the best source that can help urologists make informed decisions, also in these challenging times.
EAU members have full access to the 2020 Guidelines in the following ways:Online via the Guidelines-dedicated webpages on Uroweb. Members have the exclusive benefits of downloading the full guidelines and accessing the translationDownloading EAU Pocket Guidelines app. Soon available via Google Play (for Android devices) or the App Store (for iOS phones)The printed copy of the EAU Pocket Guidelines will be sent to all EAU members in July together with a special EAU20 Congress edition of European Urology Today (EUT)COVID-19 ResourcesWhile urology might not be at the forefront of this struggle, we can support you in dealing with the new realities that the pandemic has created for us. To make things easier for you we have collected several resources with COVID-19 updates for urologists to cope with the existing pandemic:Scientific papers on COVID-19 accepted by our journal European UrologyERUS Guidelines with recommendations on robotic surgery during the pandemicEAU Patient Information has published informative animated videos about COVID-19 aimed at patients in 7 different languages. EAU Membership TeamDo you have any questions about your membership, login issues with one of our journals or would you like to know more about how to actively contribute to our association? Please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Office at [email protected]. They are happy to assist you with any membership related issues you might encounter.