Welcome to the 33rd European Congress of Pathology!

Dear Colleague,

Over the last few months, the European Society of Pathology (ESP) has been assessing the evolution of travelling restrictions, global health reports and confinements associated with the current pandemic. The uncertain projections for the next months have led ESP to the decision to move the 33rd European Congress of Pathology (ECP) to a virtual setting.

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the 33rd ECP which will take place as an online congress from 29 - 31 August 2021.

The motto for the ECP 2021, ”Compass for Optimal Patient Therapy” alludes to Gothenburg's strong maritime tradition being the largest port in Sweden. We would have loved to organise a live meeting in Gothenburg, but in order to protect the health and safety of everybody involved in the congress, had to decide for a virtual congress. The ECP 2021 will be the centre for European international diagnostic and academic pathology. Pathologists and their collaborators, molecular biologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, and information technologists will meet to share recent and important advances in our discipline that offer the latest diagnostic, prognostic and predictive information needed in the best patient care. For ECP 2021, the ESP working groups are busy preparing state-of-the-art organ-based sessions while collaborating pathology and clinical scientific societies will interact in joint scientific events. Exciting topics in the field of molecular pathology, digital pathology, AI in pathology, quality assessment, education and public awareness will be part of the scientific programme. Four keynote lectures by distinguished international experts will highlight fascinating topics in pathology and beyond. Thematic symposia on interstitial lung pathology and molecular findings in salivary gland tumours of diagnostic and predictive importance will take place.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to our virtual meeting in August 2021.

Holger Moch
President of the European Society of Pathology

Göran Elmberger
Chair of the Local Organising Committee of ECP 2021