Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,
We will not and should not forget these last, almost two, years of social distancing and online events. I am certain, however, that we all yearn for meetings in person where we can reconnect with colleagues and discuss the latest scientific developments.This year’s DOG congress will once again provide ample opportunity to do so (fingers crossed!). You are most cordially invited to join us on September 29th through October 2nd at the Estrel Hotel in Berlin.
As things stand, we, the German ophthalmologists are hopeful and confident that we will be able to reunite with our colleagues from Europe and beyond.
While 2020 and 2021 have been years of uncertainty, of “playing it by ear”, they have also demonstrated our capability to tackle even major challenges by joining forces (if we must). The Covid pandemic has been a catalyst for numerous new developments – and this also affects our congress and event landscape. How will we go on in 2022? What will come (back), what will be possible again, which new concepts will we hold on to? What innovations will there be at the DOG congress 2022?
We want to build on the positive experiences of our past two online conferences to establish a hybrid format for the upcoming event. Parts of the in-person conference program, including the International Experts Day, will be available as online stream, allowing a wider audience to participate. However, the full range of the program will be exclusively in-person.
Those who travel to Berlin to attend will hopefully experience what we all cherish about the in-person DOG congress – visiting and joining discussions at the poster sessions, lively symposia, seeing the latest technological innovations at the industry exhibition, connecting with colleagues in the lobby or over dinner, information updates through water-cooler talks, even those quick smiles and “hellos” in passing.
The remodeled conference center at the Estrel Hotel will serve as an improved and even more spacious venue for our event. For the first time next year, EBO examinations will be held in Berlin. We will introduce a new format, Surgical Saturday, where renowned experts will present and evaluate the latest developments in cataract, retina, and corneal surgery. Looking beyond the conference, Berlin also has a new attraction to offer – the newly inaugurated Humboldt Forum in Mitte.
Time and again, the German ophthalmological community has looked at the future and identified the tasks it brings to our profession. Representative of such tasks for medicine and society, the DOG congress 2022 will explore the topics “Regenerative Medicine” and “Ecological Sustainability” from an ophthalmological perspective. What have been our successes over the past 20 years? What are our goals for the next years – what issues do we want and need to tackle? What are the latest innovations?
Fostering and facilitating scientific exchange has been the DOG’s primary objective from the days of Albrecht von Graefe. My hope for 2022 is that this 120th edition of the DOG congress will once again prove a forum for new insights and concepts, combining tradition and continuous transition. This is and always has been the DOG’s mission. And it is also our and future generations of ophthalmologists’ chance to shape and evolve the oldest and most beautiful of medical disciplines.
Let us look forward together to our, to the DOG 2022 in Berlin!
Cordial and collegial greetings,