Academic Director Address 2019

Dear colleagues and friends,

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families a very happy, prosperous and healthy New Year. It has been a year of significant achievements for the EuGMS, and I believe that we are starting 2019 with greater collective purpose as we work together to create a better future for geriatric medicine across Europe.

Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Task and Finish (T&F) Groups have recently been reorganised within a new structure and are now focused around big geriatrics syndromes and relevant topics both from medical and societal point of view. Some of the SIGs are new and some have already been active for many years with clearly visible and relevant output.  The activity of each SIG is coordinated by two co-leaders who together with group members have the autonomy to organise the activity of the SIG (thereby liaising with the AB) in the way the SIG finds is most effective and helpful and to involve colleagues with expertise who are keen to contribute, excel and promote both the SIG and the EuGMS. For each SIG we have collected an update about the composition and future initiatives. The Academic board stimulates and promotes collaboration and interactivity between different SIGs in order to increase scientific output and visibility of our society. In that sense, our intention in the coming period would be to attract not only young and promising new members from the countries with a long and rich tradition of geriatric medicine but, in close collaboration with our Global Europe Initiative, also members from countries in which geriatrics medicine has not yet been established as an independent specialty. Based on the principles of scientific curiosity, open-mindedness and solidarity we strive not only for the highest level of professionalism and scientific excellence but also for a progressively increasing number of congress participants, visitors of our website and readers of our journal European Geriatric Medicine. By intensifying interactions and collaboration between our members and by enlarging the already strong network of professionals and academicians in the field of geriatric medicine we try to make geographical distances and borders of any type irrelevant.

The preparations for our annual congress to be held in the beautiful city of Krakow this year are progressing very successfully. Together with our dear and distinguished colleagues from the local organising committee led by Tomas Grodzicki, Jerzy Gasowski and Karolina Piotrowicz the Academic Board is composing an attractive and well-balanced program. Besides the traditionally well represented countries at the congress, this year we very much hope to attract more participants from countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Sinds last year in Berlin the congress lasts three days and several new session formats have been introduced (i.e. key note lectures with opinion leaders, and interactive workshops) in addition to already established invited and submitted symposia, core curriculum session, jointly organized with the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing and oral and poster sessions. Since last year we also have introduced EuGMS Community booth where colleagues from different countries and regions from Europe can meet each other and exchange experience and expertise and brainstorm about collaboration opportunities.  At the same time the Academic Board has alredy successfully undertaken first preparatory steps and contacts with representatives of the organising committees of our forthcoming congresses in Athens 2020 and London 2021 respectively. There is a lot of enthusiasm, goodwill and energy with one common goal: to go swifter, higher and stronger when it comes to promotion and spreading of professional and academic excellence in the field of geriatric medicine across Europe.

EuGMS is becoming an attractive and preferred partner of many scientific societies and organisations that also deal with problems affecting older population. This increased interest results in numerous memorandums of understanding and consecutively in joint activities during our yearly congresses.

Thanks to an efficient mutual collaboration between the Academic and Executive board and support of our secretariat and our PCO Aristea we today have a well-organised and transparent structure of the society which promises further growth and increased societal impact in order to develop geriatric medicine across the whole European continent and encourage the provision of geriatric medical services to all older citizens across Europe. 

Do zobaczenia w Krakowie!

Mirko Petrovic, Academic Director 2018-2021