Dear colleagues, dear friends,
It is a tremendous honour to extend a warm invitation to you all for the most significant event in the field of Otorhinolaryngology in our region, the Czech-Slovak ENT Congress. This year's congress is organized by the Slovak Society for Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in collaboration with the Clinic of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery at LFUK and UNB. The city of Bratislava in Slovakia has been selected as the strategic host for this year's congress.
This congress marks the milestone 10th Czech-Slovak Congress, the 85th Congress of the Czech ENT Society of JEP, and the 70th Congress of the Slovak Society for ENT and Head and Neck Surgery. Additionally, it includes the 4th meeting of the Slovak Society for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, which will be one of the sections of the congress.
Taking place in the historical heart of the city at the esteemed Crowne Plaza, a traditional congress hotel within walking distance of the majority of the city's historical landmarks, our aim is to organize a congress that attracts both ENT specialists and residents from both sides of the Morava River, leaving a lasting impression of a high-caliber professional event.
We are preparing a professional programme that will cover all topics in otorhinolaryngology – otological, rhinological, and segments focusing on the pharynx, larynx, salivary glands, and throat. The programme will run in four parallel sections and will include a wide range of didactic instructional courses. It will also feature registered lectures, posters, a section for healthcare professionals, and panel discussions addressing controversial topics. The participation of invited experts from abroad will bring an international dimension to the event.
One of the highlighted congress themes will be thyroid surgery, an enrichment as the professional program incorporates colleagues from other disciplines (surgery, endocrinology) and foreign guests, significantly enhancing professional discourse.
Beyond the academic aspect, my aim is to introduce you to the delightful social dimensions of the event. I extend a warm invitation to Bratislava, not just to participants from the Czech Republic and other foreign countries but also to locals who have not explored the city in recent times.
Since the political transformations in 1989, Bratislava has flourished into a captivating destination. a lively city awaits you, with a renovated historic core and a characteristic castle palace on a hill with a restored baroque garden. The Danube River's waterfront exudes a “seaside” ambiance, leading you to the emerging high-rise district known as Bratislava downtown, emerging from the remnants of the city's former industrial zone. The renovated Slovak National Gallery, housed in the unique Water Barracks building with a controversial bridge by architect Dedeček, is a delight for art enthusiasts after more than two decades. a short drive from the city centre, Danubiana awaits – a sought-after museum of modern art situated in a park on an iconic peninsula in the middle of the river. For sports enthusiasts, a forest park in the urban Carpathians offers running or walking trails, while extensive cycle paths along the Danube and its branches provide options for those who enjoy cycling or inline skating. Nightlife enthusiasts can practically verify the validity of the nickname “Partyslava”.
Dear colleagues, dear friends, I cordially invite you to join us in Bratislava. Alongside my colleagues from the organizational team, I eagerly anticipate your participation, making this congress a truly enriching experience.
See you soon in Bratislava!
Assoc. Prof. Miroslav Tedla, MD., Ph.D., MPH
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,
Comenius University, University Hospital, Bratislava, Slovakia