Dublin is a city without strangers, where there are only friends who have not yet met. I hope you enjoy it and have as much fun on your short visit as you have capacity and energy. This is an accessible city with international airlinks and geography that see it a major location for aircraft leasing companies, with 50% of rental commercial airplanes worldwide leased by Irish companies. It is a safe city where the police are unarmed and visitors welcomed.
The European Society of Thoracic Surgeons is the largest thoracic surgery focused meeting in the world. The program will inform and inspire. You will learn new techniques you will want to implement at home. We look forward to your interaction and to your own contributions to the meeting. We want you to be part of it. You will meet new people and develop new contacts and links. We want you to return home planning your next professional thoracic journey. We will also show you some of the culture, creations and customs that make us who we are in Ireland. We will get you involved. We want you to come back.
This meeting will be about respect, collaboration, science and innovation. It is the truly global group for thoracic surgery. This discipline is changing so fast it is spinning. Never before have we been challenged by patients with so much co-morbidity. Never before have outcome expectations been so high. Never before have the costs of new technologies presented such challenges. Now is our time to come together to meet and endeavor to rise to these challenges. Dublin is waiting.
Prof. David Healy
Chair of LOC