Come on and join us at BigBangBarcelona!

Welcome address from the Scientific Programme Committee Chairs

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends

We would like to invite you to a new level of medical meetings in transplantation at the BigBangBarcelona conference. Transplantation has emerged from the decades of an early experimental procedure to an established first line therapy for organ failure. While mechanistic devices or fully artificial organs may be available in many decades from now, the fate of the patients suffering from organ failure today and in the next many years, will depend on the progress with achieve with transplantation now.

The discrepancy between the high demand and the shortage in organs available remains a challenge. Amongst the many obstacles highlighted at the congress, progress in transplantation with organs from living donors but also advancements in normothermic perfusion and other seminal technologies will be addressed. Novel drugs, protocols for immunomodulation and tolerance but also surrogate endpoints for clinical trials in order to enhance the drug development remain critically important topics in the field. The BigBangBarcelona congress might help to refine our knowledge of basic science and clinical concepts to improve transplantation in a holistic approach.

At ESOT we have put a focus on the quality of the science but also the formats in which the content is delivered and the opportunity to network with your colleagues. The fully digital conference, the AllESOTApp, the Hybrid Meeting Concept are only few examples of how ESOT has modernized medical conferencing. In 2017, the technological enhancement of your conference experience will be nothing short of groundbreaking.

Barcelona was the venue of the ESOT congress in 1989 when ESOT was a young society that crystalized an emergent European transplant community with the eclosion of solid organ transplant programs after the introduction of cyclosporine.  Today, Barcelona is a paradigm of a vibrant mediterranean city, the home of Gaudi, the home of La Rambla and Lionel Messi's right and left leg. Barca is home to modern art, home to spotless beaches, home to eternal nighlife and home to modern charme.
Come on and join us at BigBangBarcelona.

Josep Maria Grinyò and Stefan Schneeberger
Scientific Program Committee Chairs