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ISTH Announces Decision to Hold an Annual Global Congress Beginning in 2020

Tuesday, May 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
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On behalf of the Council of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) we are excited to announce our Society’s strategic decision to hold our global congress annually formally starting in 2020.

Due to the increasingly rapid advances in science as well as laboratory technology and treatment approaches, and the greater need for global collaboration, knowledge exchange and education, holding our congress annually will allow researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals in the bleeding, clotting and related fields to remain on the cutting-edge of science and deliver the best patient care.

The new annual ISTH congresses will fully incorporate highly valued ISTH Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) components, recognizing the value of the SSC’s work and its highly important applications, making them more accessible to the wider community.

The congress format will also be shorter and more compact, establishing a contemporary meeting structure. This format aligns with trends in global medical meetings, which indicate that participants and other stakeholders prefer shorter meetings to minimize time away from home and/or work.

To complement the enhanced format, the ISTH will apply innovative evidence-based adult education principles to provide an increased value to participants.

In addition, the ISTH will implement a formal rotation pattern for its annual congresses, creating more frequent and consistent opportunities for engagement of the global community. The ISTH plans to host 38 percent of its congresses in Europe, 38 percent in North America and 24 percent in other regions of the world, which reflects the changing membership distribution and helps ISTH more proactively fulfill its global mandate.

This ISTH Council is confident that this decision highlights the ISTH’s commitment to transformative scientific discoveries and clinical practices, exchanging information to drive innovation and progress in the field. It will allow the Society to serve all regions of the world, providing better and more frequent access to researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals in the field, regardless of where they live.

In the course of the next few months, the ISTH will provide you with more details and updates on the implementation of the transition. Moreover, the Society will proactively engage related organizations around the world to discuss geographic and schedule alignments as well as possible opportunities for collaborations in order to create synergies rather than competition.

Following a new process, congress bids for the 2020 and 2021 annual congresses will be issued later in 2016.

Your Invitation to Help Shape the New Annual Congress

To ensure that the new congress format includes all SSC aspects valued by attendees and members, the ISTH invites you to complete an important SSC meeting feedback survey, which will be distributed in three weeks. Your feedback is vital to ensure future congresses incorporate as much of the important SSC meeting components as possible for maximum value for our community.

If you have questions about the new annual congress announcement, please contact the ISTH at

Kind regards,

Nigel Key, ISTH Council Chairman, 2014 - 2016
Ingrid Pabinger, ISTH Council Chairman, 2016 - 2018

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