Welcome Note from the Congress President

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to cordially invite you to the 71th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery, which will be held in Lübeck, Germany, from 21st to 24th June 2020. The last Annual Meeting in Lübeck took place in 2000 under the tutelage of my predecessor Professor Hans Arnold and we are looking forward presenting to you an interesting scientific programme but also offering you recreating hours outside the auditorium.

With purpose we decided to use special topics for our meeting and we hope you will send in your abstract to one of these. With regard to neuro-oncology we would like to discuss the interdisciplinary treatment modalities for spinal and cerebral metastases. Considering the demographic development of our population and the increased admissions of patients 80+ with degenerative or traumatic spine diseases to our wards as well as to our emergency departments, we have to carefully prove our indications for surgery, knowing that conservative treatment with immobilisation is also no treatment option. Further topics are functional neurosurgery – especially neurosurgical pain therapy – and trauma and intensive care medicine. Finally, we would like to discuss the modern advancements of digital medicine with their chances and challenges but also the ethical risks and problems that come along with these.

In Lübeck we celebrate the 8th Joint Meeting with the Japanese Neurosurgical Society. This will be reflected especially in our plenary sessions.

As usual, we start the Meeting with our Educational day, which will be organized by our Neurosurgical Academy. The Opening Ceremony will take place in the Music- and Congress Centre and will be followed by the opening of the industrial exhibition.

We are very much delighted, that we are able to honour two personalities with the Fedor-Krause-Medal and the Otfrid-Foerster-Medal, in conjunction with the honorary membership in our Society.

The Gala Diner will take place in the historical Ballroom of the Atlantic Hotel in Travemünde with the possibility to shake a leg later in the evening.

Lübeck is situated on the edge of Germany, but is well known by its cultural heritage from the Hanse in the 16th century. Perhaps you´ll find some time to visit one of the museums of our non-medical nobel laureates, Thomas Mann, Willy Brandt and Günter Grass. Lübeck is a city of short distances, which allows you to stroll from your accommodation to the congress venue.

We hope that we will have an intense and interesting scientific exchange at the Annual Meeting in 2020, but also a lively exchange of experiences and new ideas in a friendly and collegial atmosphere.

My staff and I are looking forward to welcoming you to Lübeck!

With kindest regards

Prof. Dr. med. Volker Tronnier

Congress President and President of the German Neurosurgical Society