The ASSI, for the first time is having its Annual meet in a virtual format, form 29th January to 31st January 2021. I on behalf of the Organising Committee welcome you all. This all virtual meet, has a lot of firsts to it. For the first time, we have two international Society, the German Spine Society and the Argentinian Spine society participating in the meet. The pandemic has made it all happen. While the virtual platforms were available before few used it for their annual meets. However, with the very successful September Virtual meet this year, which was actually academically fulfilling, the association welcomes you to another interesting annual meet with many added features.
The Virtual format as we all realise is here to stay and later likely to transform to a hybrid format in later years. This format also allows surgeons at different time zones to participate, which actually is of great benefit to us, in learning new things and sharing knowledge, with no added cost. Such a possibility was not in our thoughts before.
The scientific committee in addition to having all the normal sessions also has a session for the future of spine. The industry stalls are also there with facility of one to one interaction, and so too are the chat rooms. The lectures you miss are all recorded so that you can watch them at your leisure.
I welcome you all to actively participate in the meet and encourage your friends to do so from the comfort your homes.
The ASSI scientific committee and the Organising team have left no stone unturned to make this a memorable event. The registration links are open, so please don’t delay and sign yourself in as soon as possible
Let us make this a memorable event for Spine Surgeons all across the globe.
I look forward to talk to you all in the meeting and wishing you all a very auspicious festive season. See you in the new year 2021.
Take care and stay safe
With Regards,Dr Shankar AcharyaPresident Elect 2021, ASSI