Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

The ERA-EDTA Congress returns Fully Virtual in 2021. Due to the pandemic, our societies and economies are in a constant state of change, creating new challenges for all of us, including the entire nephrology community.

A lot of changes are occurring worldwide: the keywords chosen for this year’s meeting are “Healthy Environment, Healthy Kidneys”. This summarises what we know, what we think we know and what we need to know to achieve our final goal, that is, to provide the best care for our patients but also for the environment and to create a positive circle between the ecosystem and kidney health. A special Welcome Lecture will be presented by Carlo Barbante on June 5, entitled “Too late for 2°C? From the Paris agreement to the climate of tomorrow”. This outstanding contribution will open the 58th ERA-EDTA Congress immediately after the Welcome Ceremony.

The Scientific Committee, chaired by Giovambattista Capasso, has worked very hard to provide the latest cutting-edge science. He was supported by Maria José Soler Romeo, who acted as the Chair of the Paper Selection Committee. Despite the difficult period we are all facing, we received a large number of high-quality abstracts. The final form of the programme is the result of many hours of joint work of the Scientific Committee Chair, the Congress President, the Paper Selecting Committee Chair and last but not least Giuseppe Palladino, ERA-EDTA Research & Development Manager.

On June 5, the first day of the Congress, the traditional CEPD and Hands-On Courses will be held. This is a unique opportunity for professional development with tailored courses given by top European experts in the field fully included in the general registration fee.

The main programme includes three plenary lectures, all given by outstanding scientists and excellent speakers, who will cover aspects of the Congress’s main scientific topics. The programme will be complemented by various interesting Industry Symposia.

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

The programme was organised in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nephrologie (DGfN). We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Council of the Society for their professional and technical support. Input from Germany Society of Nephrology (dGfN) and KLUG (Deutsche Allianz Klimawandel und Gesundheit) are present in two symposia: on June 6 where German experts will focus on the “New KDIGO guidelines on the management of glomerulonephritis“, and on June 7 in a symposium on “Climate change and health: the opinion of the younger generation“. Furthermore, for the first time, our Congress has been fully accredited also by the local CME system so that all German attendees will receive full CME German credits.

The Congress will also be the opportunity to launch an extremely relevant initiative for the nephrology community, funded by the Erasmus + Programme of European Union: N-PATH (Nephrology Partnership for Advancing Technology in Healthcare), the first European training course in diagnostic and interventional nephrology.

The Virtual Congress will offer not only educational activities and top scientific content, but also innovative networking opportunities: a new digital platform will enable you to actively contribute to Group discussions based on specific topics and to actively communicate with other delegates on our new Social Media Wall. You will be able to choose your favourite networking tools and join our international Community, sharing your knowledge and experience.

You are cordially invited to the 2021 Virtual Congress. We will be exploring the latest innovations, news and developments in Nephrology while getting in touch on an advanced virtual platform. This Congress is not only a scientific showcase, but it also gives a digital space for informal discussions and meetings.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 58th ERA-EDTA Virtual Congress!

Markus Ketteler

Congress President

Christoph Wanner

ERA-EDTA President

Welcome Ceremony Video