IGCS Members and Friends,
We are all on a journey with COVID-19. All over the world, our way of life is changing, and priorities are shifting.
There is still so much to learn, behavior to change, data to gather and analyze, all while trying to reassemble our lives both personally and professionally within this new era marked by a virus. The last several months are unlike anything most of us have experienced in our lifetimes. The only certainty today is uncertainty – and this is going to take time, lots of time.
To undertake this journey, we must be multidimensional and adapt boldly to the changing circumstances. This includes being acutely self-aware, insatiably curious, authentic, resilient, flexible, and courageous. Now more than ever, the world needs strong leadership, decisive action, innovative ideas, and effective communication.
Many of you may find yourselves in leadership positions with your colleagues, divisions and departments, your friends and even your families. Priorities, responsibilities, and roles may have shifted dramatically in the past several months. Effective leaders are now more important than ever.
As an organization, the IGCS is no different. We have taken the lead in transforming our Annual Global Meeting to a fully digital meeting because we believe in the importance of sharing data and science, uniting the gynecologic cancer community, and continuing to focus on our patients in these times of uncertainty.
I am grateful to the IGCS Council for being my partners in leading the society through this trying time, making tough decisions, assessing risk, and moving forward swiftly and decisively. I must also acknowledge the IGCS staff who have been relentless in leading our efforts to transform IGCS not only from the Annual Meeting perspective but organizationally as well.
IGCS xDigital Annual Global Meeting
September 10-13, 2020
The IGCS xDigital Meeting will be held this September and I hope that you all will join us and experience our innovative new meeting portal. We have been quick to adapt our regular meeting format to accommodate the needs of our members and partners and we are excited to deliver a unique meeting experience with “xDigital” technology that is so much more than a webinar.
- The program will feature multiple simultaneous sessions (or channels) and delegates can easily move from one session room to another.
- The sessions are scheduled for different time zones each day to accommodate our global audience.
- The main sessions are equipped with audience participation features such as live polls and Q&A.
- Delegates will be able to connect and communicate with each other within the meeting portal.
- A digital exhibition hall will be brought to life with 3D rendered spaces and delegates will be incentivized to visit all the exhibit booths where they can access videos and downloadable materials and schedule meetings with industry representatives.
One major benefit of this new format is that the cost of attendance is significantly lower than it would be to travel and attend a physical meeting and we hope that this will make the IGCS Meeting more accessible than ever for our members and friends around the world. In true IGCS fashion, we are collaborating with many regional groups to offer group registration packages as well.
Abstracts and surgical films are being accepted through July 15 and late-breaking abstracts will be accepted from July 25-August 15. Late-breaking abstracts should contain new information that was not available prior to the general deadline. Don’t miss your chance to lead the way and present at the first IGCS xDigital Meeting!
Now is the time to come together (digitally) to share our experiences, discuss lessons learned, and meet the challenges we face head-on. With our combined expertise, creativity, and compassion, we will lead together through these trying times. We are making plans for IGCS to gather in Rome in 2021 and I truly hope to see you all there face-to-face but until then help us lead IGCS into a new era, new way of conducting education and disseminating vital knowledge.
Roberto Angioli, MD
2018-2020 IGCS President