Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

The ERA Congress returns on site in 2022 after two years of fully virtual meetings due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic. This year, the Congress will be hybrid with delegates in Paris or connected from their home Countries. This option will allow all participants to attend one of the best medical Congresses in Europe, in whichever way they prefer.

The motto chosen for this year’s meeting is “Innovation, Prevention, Preparedness” that could summarise what we have learned from the “Cov19 era”.

Innovation, because medicine, particularly nephrology, needs constant innovation including new treatments and diagnostic tools.

Prevention, since it is essential to develop early detection based on new screening methodologies, and more effective and personalized therapies.

Preparedness, as we need to be prepared to face all kinds of possible new problems such as new pandemics, influx of patients fleeing their country due to unstable political situations and the resulting burden for health policy in a global world.

We constantly keep an eye on equity and ethics, as attested by the Welcome Lecture that will be presented by Valerie Luyckx on May 19, entitled “Equity, sustainability, and ethics in kidney health”. This outstanding contribution will open the 59th ERA Congress during the Welcome Ceremony.

The Scientific Committee, chaired by Annette Bruchfeld, worked very hard to provide the best programme taking also into consideration gender balance, with fifty percent of invited speakers being female. She was supported by Maria José Soler Romeo, who acted as the Chair of the Paper Selection Committee and by the Congress President, Pierre Ronco as well as by the two Congress Secretaries, Denis Fouque and Ziad Massy.

Signs of return to normality can also be seen from the large number of high-quality abstracts received from 76 countries. The final version of the programme is the result of many hours of coordinated hard work among the Scientific Committee Chair, the Congress President, the Paper Selecting Committee Chair, the Congress Secretaries and last but not least all the ERA Headquarter Staff. A special thanks goes to the new staff members, Manuela Lorusso, David Simon, Federica Lo Cascio and Gaston Chauchard.

On May 19, the first day of the Congress, in addition to the traditional CME and Hands-On Courses, a new Hands-On Course on Renal Biopsy will be held. These tailored courses given by top European experts in the field and fully included in the Congress fee, will offer a unique opportunity for professional development.

Another novelty this year are the Young Investigators Awards which from one have become three: the Rosanna Gusmano Award (for young investigators in basic science), the Stanley Shaldon Award (for young investigators in translational science) and the Eberhard Ritz Award (for young investigators in clinical science). For the first time, these excellent young investigators will be offered the opportunity to present their research topic in dedicated Plenary Lecture on May 22.

The programme will also include three new sessions: on-site Moderated Mini-Orals, Quick Fire 1, 2, 3 and the Fishbowl Round Table.

These three sessions will be held in the Mini-Orals Hall in a very dynamic way.

Finally, the programme will be complemented by various interesting Industry Symposia.

We also would like to welcome all ERA Members to the ERA General Assembly, where our President and the Ex-Officio Officers will update you on the work that has been done by our Society during the last year.

The hybrid format of the Congress will not only offer educational activities and top scientific content, but also innovative networking opportunities: a new digital platform will enable all participants, including those who will be connected virtually, to actively contribute to group discussions based on specific topics and communicate with other delegates on our Social Media Wall. All delegates will be able to choose their favourite networking tools and join our international Community, sharing their knowledge and experience.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 59th ERA Congress!

Pierre Ronco

Congress President

Christoph Wanner

ERA President