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What happens with the EFORT Annual Congress?

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE EFORT ANNUAL CONGRESS 2020?

The next face-to-face EFORT Annual Congress is postponed to next year and the 21st EFORT Annual Congress will be changed to a virtual congress (VEC) which will be held from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 October 2020.

The new dates of the 22nd EFORT Annual Congress in Vienna are from 30 June to 02 July 2021 at the same venue, the Messe Vienna Exhibition & Congress Center.

Frequently Asked Questions 2020

HOW DO I CANCEL MY HOTEL RESERVATION?

If you booked the hotel through our official registration platform and/or Congrex Switzerland, please send an email to hotel.efort@congrex.com. Congrex Switzerland is currently working directly with the Vienna hotels to handle cancellation and solve all issues related to paid fees for those affected.

If you booked the hotel on your own, you must contact your hotel directly to cancel your hotel room(s) as soon as possible. As it is a private booking, EFORT and Congrex Switzerland are not liable and cancellations clauses depend on the policy applied by each of the respective hotels.

HOW DO I CANCEL MY FLIGHT/TRAIN RESERVATION?

For all the transportation reservations, you must contact the transport provider directly to cancel your booking(s). EFORT and Congrex Switzerland are not liable, and cancellations clauses depend on the policy applied by each of the respective providers/carriers.

I HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED AS A PARTICIPANT, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

  • OPTION 1: I would like to participate to the next EFORT Virtual Congress and to the EFORT Annual Congress 2021
    With your already confirmed registration, your participation and fee are automatically transferred to the 22nd EFORT Annual Congress from 30 June to 02 July 2021 in Vienna, Austria. EFORT also offers you at no extra cost the registration to the Virtual EFORT Congress (VEC) from 28-30 October 2020.
     
  • OPTION 2:
    If you do not want or cannot participate in the Virtual EFORT Congress (VEC) and neither to the 22nd EFORT Annual Congress from 30 June to 02 July 2021, your paid registration will be reimbursed in full.

Please confirm your choice by email to registration.EFORT@congrex.com before the 29 May 2020 23:59 CET.

If no feedback is received from you by this deadline, no reimbursement will be possible.

Any other specific queries should then be sent to registration.EFORT@congrex.com.

I AM AN ACCEPTED ABSTRACT PARTICIPANT AND HAVE REGISTERED, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

As you registered for the original 21st EFORT Annual Congress, and due to this unexpected situation, EFORT is proposing you 2 options regarding your registration:

  • OPTION 1: I would like to participate to the next EFORT Virtual Congress with my accepted abstract
    I wish to be included in the VEC scientific programme to present my work from 28-30 October 2020 by retaining 100 EUR from my already paid registration. The remaining amount will be reimbursed.
     
  • OPTION 2: I wish to withdraw my submitted abstract
    I wish to withdraw from the VEC scientific programme for 28-30 October 2020. You hereby agree with EFORT’s regulation stating that your originally accepted abstract(s) cannot be directly transferred to any future EFORT congress but are subject to a new submission and full review. You can now ask for full reimbursement.

Please confirm the choices for your abstract(s) by filling in the online survey sent to you from the address scicom@efort.org on 29 April 2020.
Please confirm the choice of your option following the email sent to you from the address registration.EFORT@congrex.com by the 29 May 2020 23:59 CET.

If no feedback is received from you by this deadline, no reimbursement will be possible.

I AM AN ACCEPTED ABSTRACT PARTICIPANT AND HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

As your registration was “on hold” for the original 21st EFORT Annual Congress, and due to this unexpected situation, EFORT is proposing you 2 options regarding your registration:

  • OPTION 1: I wish to participate to the next EFORT Virtual Congress with my accepted abstract
    I wish to be included in the VEC scientific programme from 28-30 October 2020 by completing a new registration at a cost of 100 EUR.
     
  • OPTION 2: I wish to withdraw my submitted abstract
    I wish to withdraw from the VEC scientific programme for 28-30 October 2020. You hereby agree with EFORT’s regulation stating that my originally accepted abstract(s) cannot be directly transferred to any future EFORT congress but are subject to a new submission and full review.

Please confirm the choices for your abstract(s) by filling in the online survey sent to you from the address scicom@efort.org on 29 April 2020.
To register, you will soon be informed on the process to follow.

I HAVE REGISTERED AS A CRC PARTICIPANT (applying to both, the course only registration OR the course package incl. the 2-DAYS CONGRESS registration), WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

As you registered for the Comprehensive Review Course of the original 21st EFORT Annual Congress, and due to this unexpected situation, EFORT is proposing you the below options regarding your registration:

  • OPTION 1: I would like to participate to the next CRC at the EFORT Annual Congress 2021
    With your already confirmed registration, your participation and fee are automatically transferred to the 22nd EFORT Annual Congress from 30 June to 02 July 2021 in Vienna and subsequent CRC course.
     
  • OPTION 2:
    If you do not wish or cannot attend the 22nd EFORT Annual Congress from 30 June to 02 July 2021 you can now ask for full reimbursement.
     
  • OPTION 3: I would like to participate to the Virtual EFORT Congress 2020
    EFORT is in the process to set up a CRC course as part of the Virtual EFORT Congress on 28-30 October 2020. You have the possibility to register for a fee of 100 EUR.

Please confirm your choice by email to registration.EFORT@congrex.com before the 29 May 2020 23:59 CET.

If no feedback is received from you by this deadline, no reimbursement will be possible.

I HAVE REGISTERED AS A VIP, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

As you registered as a VIP for the original 21st EFORT Annual Congress, and because of this unexpected situation, EFORT offers you to participate to the Virtual EFORT Congress on 28-30 October 2020 for a fee of 100 EUR.

If you are interested in registering for this event, kindly reply by return of email email to registration.EFORT@congrex.com.

CAN I TRANSFER MY ACCEPTED ABSTRACT TO THE EFORT CONGRESS 2021?

All presenters having a confirmed abstract presentation on the former Vienna 2020 scientific programme will have the possibility to present their work during our Virtual EFORT Congress in October.

All presenting authors of an accepted abstract have received a communication from scicom@efort.org on 29 April 2o2o informing them about the new format to hold a virtual presentation and this, according to each specific assignment.

Authors are requested to fill in the online survey regarding the inclusion or withdrawal of each abstract into the VEC programme by Friday 29 May 2020.

Authors withdrawing their presentation(s) from the 2020 VEC platform will not have the possibility to directly transfer their accepted work to 2021 but will be invited to submit again their new abstract(s) in Autumn. Please note that each new submission does not guarantee acceptance as the complete review process will be held normally for 2021.

Please confirm the choice of your option following the email sent to you from the address registration.EFORT@congrex.com by the 29 May 2020 23:59 CET.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CONGRESS REGISTRATION FOR 2020 WAS PENDING?

As your registration was “on hold” for the original 21st EFORT Annual Congress, and due to this unexpected situation, EFORT is proposing you 2 options regarding your registration:

  • OPTION 1: I wish to participate to the next EFORT Virtual Congress with my accepted abstract
    I wish to be included in the VEC scientific programme from 28-30 October 2020 by completing a new registration at a cost of 100 EUR.
     
  • OPTION 2: I wish to withdraw my submitted abstract
    I wish to withdraw from the VEC scientific programme for 28-30 October 2020. You hereby agree with EFORT’s regulation stating that my originally accepted abstract(s) cannot be directly transferred to any future EFORT congress but are subject to a new submission and full review.

Please confirm the choices for your abstract(s) by filling in the online survey sent to you from the address scicom@efort.org on 29 April 2020.
To register, you will soon be informed on the process to follow.

I AM AN INVITED FACULTY MEMBER – WILL MY SESSION BE RUNNING IN THE VEC PROGRAMME?

Specific details regarding the invited sessions to be included in the educational content of the new virtual event are currently being defined, in collaboration with the EFORT Science Committee. At this stage, it is unfortunately not yet possible for us to say if the originally planned session in which you were participating will be maintained or redefined for the VEC programme. As part of our commitment to deliver a high quality programme, all scientific assignments will be reorganized and presenters with a confirmed presentation on the former Vienna 2020 scientific programme will be contacted personally to be informed about either cancellation or rescheduling of their specific presentation(s).

I HAD REGISTERED FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW COURSE (CRC) – CAN I STILL ATTEND IT?

The Comprehensive Review Course (CRC) is still planned as part of the VEC scientific programme and details on the format delivery are currently being set. The accompanying syllabus, which includes an MCQ section under each sub-topic, is currently under production as initially planned and the electronic version of it will be circulated to CRC attendees.

The online access to the CRC is included in the VEC registration fee of 100 EUR.

For former CRC registrations, please refer to the Registration FAQs section.

WILL THE VIRTUAL EFORT CONGRESS PROVIDE CME CREDITS TO PARTICIPANTS?

EFORT is working towards an accredited VEC. In that view we will submit the adapted programme to this e-format to EACCME, the responsible organisation, in order to obtain a CME accreditation for the event.

The registration fee for the VEC will include CME credits following an online tracking of attendance, subject to the acceptance of the CME application.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY ABSTRACT WAS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AWARD COMPETITION FOR VIENNA 2020?

The Abstract Award Competition of the former Vienna 2020 Congress will be transferred to our Virtual EFORT Congress (VEC) in October. All presenters having submitted on time the requested supporting documents for their application will still have the possibility to be selected for an award. We will keep all the selected abstracts within the competition until we clarify back with each presenter if they confirm their registration to the VEC (mandatory to stay in the competition). They will be contacted personally in the weeks to come with more specific details and information regarding new deadlines.

I WAS SELECTED TO PRESENT A BEST NATIONAL PAPER – WILL THIS INITIATIVE BE RUNNING IN THE VEC PROGRAMME?

The Best National Paper initiative presentations will be included in the VEC programme. Specific details regarding the process for presentation and selection are currently being defined, in collaboration with the EFORT Science Committee and different e-learning providers. As part of our commitment to deliver a high quality programme, new scientific sessions will be created and different online tools are being explored to allow a maximum of interactivity.  All Best National Paper Presenters of the former Vienna 2020 scientific programme will be contacted personally to be informed about new guidelines.

WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL EFORT CONGRESS (VEC)?

This exciting new educational programme will comprise Free Paper oral presentations as well as Symposia and Instructional Lectures showcasing the latest advances in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Europe-wide and globally. An interactive e-poster platform is also foreseen in order to allow all current 2020 abstract presenters to deliver the content of their scientific work as initially planned.

Specific details regarding the educational content of this new virtual event are currently being defined, in collaboration with the EFORT Science Committee and different e-learning providers.

In order to cement partnerships in the new format between EFORT and industry we are working on virtual solutions in the field of online exhibitions and other O&T health promoting channels, offering sponsored sessions, online networking and social media marketing.

WILL THE VIRTUAL EFORT CONGRESS PROVIDE CME CREDITS TO PARTICIPANTS?

EFORT is working towards an accredited VEC. In that view we will submit the adapted programme to this e-format to EACCME, the responsible organisation, in order to obtain a CME accreditation for the event.

The registration fee for the VEC will include CME credits following an online tracking of attendance, subject to the acceptance of the CME application.

I AM AN INDUSTRY SPONSOR OF THE EFORT ANNUAL CONGRESS 2020, WHOM SHOULD I SPEAK TO ABOUT MY BOOKING?

  • All industry queries related to exhibition, satellite symposia and sponsorship bookings and invoices for the EFORT Annual Congress Vienna 2020 should contact: alan.cole@efort.org
  • All industry technical and logistical queries should contact the EFORT Official  PCO Congrex Switzerland: industry.efort@congrex.com
  • All industry congress registration queries should contact the EFORT Official  PCO Congrex Switzerland: registration.efort@congrex.com

All queries related to the Terms and Conditions of Sponsorship for the EFORT Congress Vienna 2020 which now has been postponed as per the EFORT official statement can still reference these at:

I AM INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT POSSIBLE INDUSTRY SPONSORSHIP OF THE UPCOMING VIRTUAL EFORT CONGRESS (VEC) IN OCTOBER 2020

  • All corporate sponsorship inquiries or companies interested in learning more details on the forthcoming VIRTUAL EFORT CONGRESS this October 2020 should contact: alan.cole@efort.org  

If you are not already one of our many exhibitors and sponsors and wish to receive more detailed information on Congress opportunities closer to the time – then please complete the EFORT Congress Exhibitor information & contact us form and return it to us.

For all commercial and investment, opportunities or discussions relating to the current or forthcoming EFORT annual congresses then in the first instance please contact alan.cole@efort.org