|2012 European Organ Donation Congress, 24th ETCO-EDC
MEETING PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONSITE
THE REGISTRATION DESK WILL BE LOCATED IN THE FOYER OF THE VALAMAR LACROMA HOTEL AND WILL OPEN:
Thursday 07:30 - 18:30
Friday 07:30 - 18:30
Saturday 08:00 - 17:30
Sunday 08:00 - 12:30
On behalf of ETCO-EDC, we enthusiastically invite you to participate in the 2012 European Organ Donation Congress, which will take place from 5 to 7 October 2012 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
This is a special congress for us, for a series of reasons well captured under its title: Science needs a heart.
While this is the 24th ETCO congress, which indicates the long experience of our organization and of the interaction between its members, it is the first congress that we celebrate as ETCO-EDC, the new section created in ESOT with the spirit of making donation and procurement activities an important area of interest and research in Europe.
The programme of the congress reflects the broad range of topics covered by our section. The different professionals in the field will find
plenty to interest them and the opportunity to update, exchange experiences and network. A special word for coordinators: you capture the essence of science with a heart in a unique way. Coordinators per se have proven they make difference in donation rates and that they provide an invaluable and effective contribution to the development of the deceased and living donation processes. The need for a deep, thorough and evidence-based knowledge of the process isevident, although much work depends on us to build up such evidence with time.
Certification through the CETC programme has been developed as a way of ensuring high professional standards for coordinators. The congress reviews many of the day-to-day practices of coordination, providing a continuous training activity, complemented by specific
workshops that we are sure will be of high value for many of you. The new CETC examinations will be held for the third time, providing the opportunity to evaluate and certify your acquired knowledge and your experience.
But skills such as dedication, motivation, availability, communication, strategic view and persistence are, among others, needed for
effectively developing this demanding profession. Knowledge without that, and without a heart, is simply not enough to do it well. We certainly believe that providing a forum where you will have the chance to meet colleagues and friends and share your views and your time is an invaluable tool to infuse the energy needed to keep on that track.
Dubrovnik has also special meaning in our message. Croatia is an excellent example of how organization, knowledge and heart can make profound differences in deceased donation rates and transplantation activities. The development of donation and transplantation in Croatia has to be put forward as an example to Europe and to the world. Moreover, a year ago, the RHDC led by Croatia embarked on a project together with ESOT and its section ETCO-EDC and TTS and its affiliate ISODP to enhance deceased donation in South Eastern European (SEEHN) countries. In our programme, topics relevant to the region have been considered, including a special session dedicated to organizational aspects of deceased donation in the world and in the region. Although with a regional orientation, the session will certainly be attractive to most of you, while representing the support ESOT and its ETCO-EDC session provide to these countries. The city of Dubrovnik is a stunning setting for our meeting and doubly attractive in October at the end of the tourist season. We invite those not familiar with the setting to have a quick look at the website, you will be astonished.
Finally, we have tried to build up a programme that fulfills both your professional, but also your personal expectations. For that, we have put much science in it and, we assure you, all our heart.
We look forward to seeing you all in Dubrovnik.
Beatriz Domínguez-Gil Nikola Žgrablic
ETCO-EDC Chair Local Organizing Committee