Dear members, dear friends,
Unfortunately, our annual congress in Düsseldorf had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. We converted a long-planned scientific face-to-face event into an excellently structured online event, DVSE@Home, in a very short time. I would like to thank you once again for your active support. My thanks also go to the congress presidents for the organization and to the companies "Winglet" and "Intercongress" for the implementation of this new concept.
With 654 registered participants, our first online congress was a complete success.
Planning for the annual congress in Munich has already started and the scientific awards and scholarships for 2021 have been announced for application.
Currently, it is difficult to estimate whether we will actually be able to hold a face-to-face event in June 2021 or whether we will have to make use of a virtual solution again.
The first virtual general meeting was perfectly prepared by our office together with our legal advisor Dr. jur. Tobias Weimer and was held without major technical problems subsequent to the DVSE@Home event.
In the context of the new personnel elections, PD Dr. Kilian Wegmann (Cologne) was proposed as successor of Univ.-Prof. Lars-Peter Müller (Cologne) as 2nd Vice President of DVSE and was elected by a large majority.
On behalf of the Board, I congratulate PD Dr. Kilian Wegmann on this office and look forward to future cooperation.
At the same time, our great thanks go to Univ.-Prof. Lars-Peter Müller for his many years of very successful work on the board and in the commissions of DVSE. Univ.-Prof. Lars-Peter Müller will continue to be the editor of the OBEX journal.
In order to increase the rotation of DVSE members in the executive board and the commissions of DVSE, it was decided to reduce the terms of service to two years with a once-only re-election.
Furthermore, the position of a Secretary General was created to conduct the business of DVSE on behalf of the Executive Board. These decisions will take effect from the next General Assembly on 18.06.2021.
I am glad that we receive a great support from you with the concept "DVSE goes DACH".
The first online meeting with the newly founded DACH Commission chaired by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jost (St. Gallen) has already taken place and first objectives have been defined.
The annual congress 2023 in Zurich and a planned congress in Vienna will be further milestones for the integration of our colleagues from Austria and Switzerland into the DVSE.
In this spirit, I wish you and your families a happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the coming year. Stay healthy!
Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel
(President of the DVSE)