17th April 2020
13th European Congress for Integrative Medicine Postponed until February 2021
The organisers of the 13th European Congress for Integrative Medicine in collaboration with the European Society for Integrative Medicine (ESIM) have jointly announced today that they have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 congress to February 26 – 28, 2021.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the increasing strain on healthcare professionals from across the world, the congress organisers as well as the ESIM Society felt it would be widely welcomed to hold the congress in early 2021.
Professor Benno Brinkhaus, president of the European Society for Integrative Medicine comments “With the Covid-19 pandemic we are facing a global health crisis and we feel it would be to the benefit of the entire Integrative Medicine community to postpone the congress to a date which better suits the needs of the community.”
The decision to move the dates of the congress comes with the support of the Congress Presidents and wider community, Joint President Dr Elizabeth Thompson comments “The decision to postpone the congress has not been taken lightly as we have already secured an unprecedented line-up of keynote speakers and international supporters and despite the challenging times, the recent call for abstracts had generated an excellent response. However, we are confident that this new date will not only enable more healthcare professionals to attend but it may also provide us with an opportunity to share some of the emerging research that demonstrates the role that Integrative Medicine has played in dealing with the pandemic.”
The congress is highly anticipated within the Integrative Medicine community and the hope is that by February 2021 the world will be in a better place. Dr Michael Dixon from The College of Medicine comments “. It is a difficult time for all healthcare professionals at the moment, whilst they focus their attention on the Covid-19 pandemic. Moving the congress to February allows everyone a little more time to recover and reflect and the new dates in February have my full support”.
At a time when we are all experiencing a global health crisis, Integrative Medicine feels more important than ever before and the organisers are hopeful that the congress will be a platform for all those working in this community to come together to look at lessons learnt and how integrative medicine can play a part.
The congress will continue to take place at the QE2 centre in London, UK and the format will remain the same, however with the extended dates the organisers have also extended the call for abstracts deadline and anyone who is interesting in presenting results of their latest research and/or clinical application, now have until 28 August 2020 to submit a paper. www.ecimcongress.com/submit_abstract
The congress combines a world-class conference and international exhibition and brings together all those who support the integration of conventional medicine with evidence informed lifestyle, complementary and traditional approaches to offer patients a more holistic approach to healthcare. For more information please visit: www.ecimcongress.com
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