Following the many educational events that ERA-EDTA has been supporting since 2002, in 2019 the Association decided to renew its educational offer and to enhance the educational contribution given by its internal Scientific Bodies (i.e. Working Groups, YNP, the ERA-EDTA Registry, etc.). In 2019 the ERA-EDTA organised, for the very first time ever, the Scientific and Educational Interaction Day (SEID) on October 25-26 in Vienna (Austria): an exciting meeting which boasted educational lectures focused on systemic diseases that affect the kidney (ANCA-associated vasculitis, lupus nephritis, anti-GBM disease), ethical aspects of using genetic results in clinical daily practice and its implications but also stimulating discussions on patients and nephrologists’ considerations on the choice among hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplantation. The event was preceded by the Satellite ‘New Drug’ Symposium designed to be a fully educational experience with some ‘industry focus’.

A consistent part of the meeting is devoted to vascular access which included a practical session involving demonstrations of ultrasound scanning and fistula imaging on real patients. All participants (especially the young clinicians) had the chance to practise imaging under the supervision and guidance of experts.

The event was also live-streamed with over 1,200 users joining via web. The webcast of SEID is also available in the Virtual Meeting Section of the ERA-EDTA website.

Prof. Marianne Verhaar (The Netherlands) has been elected Chair of the newly formed Continuous Education & Professional Development (CEPD) Committee, taking care of the educational activities to be held the first day of the ERA-EDTA Annual Congresses.

On June 13, 2019 in Budapest, 13 courses have been organised covering the full spectrum of nephrology. Almost 3,300 participants attended these sessions.

Some ERA-EDTA Working Groups and Bodies organised individual educational meetings:

More information on the ERA-EDTA Working Group educational activities is available on the ERA-EDTA Website  (under the ‘Congress and Meetings’ and ‘ERA-EDTA CME Courses’ sections).

European Renal Osteodystrophy (EUROD), subgroup of CKD-MBD, organised a meeting held in Leuven (Belgium) on January 18, 2019 The challenge of osteoporosis in CKD.

On November 15-16, 2019 Diabesity organised the ‘Diabetes and Obesity in Renal Disease in 2019, an update’ CME in Alcorcón, Madrid (Spain).

On November 29, 2019 DESCARTES organised a new edition of the CTDay ‘One size does not fit all - Specific challenges posed by individual donor, recipient and transplant characteristics that was held in Barcelona (Spain).

The ERA-EDTA Registry traditionally organised its Introductory Course on Epidemiology, the aim of which is to teach nephrologists, pediatric nephrologists, and nephrology researchers basic epidemiology principles, on May 17-18, 2020 in Innsbruck (Vienna). The ERA-EDTA Registry also organised Critical Appraisal of the Nephrology Literature Course, a pre-congress CME of the AFRAN Congress which was held from September 25-28, 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya.