Dr HS ChhabraWelcome,

We are about to create history for ASSI with the first ever Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. A few year ago, we could not have believe this. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to re-imagine an in-person conference, initially scheduled during Spine Week 2020 at Melbourne and conceptualize a fully virtual conference.

With the continuous strategic review and planning, the ASSI Annual Scientific meeting has been progressively setting higher standard. Although the circumstances surrounding this conference have been unusual, it will have most of the regular features of our annual scientific meeting even through slightly scaled down. You will be able to enjoy and learn from our keynote addresses, Presidential lecture/orations, ASSI awards, VTI Medal Papers, Presentations, Panel discussions, Free papers and posters. A lot of thought has gone into the organization of this conference and the delegate experience. The Programme has been designed to provide the most convenient schedule for maximum participants. Prerecorded presentations will be available post-conference, so delegates can catch up at their leisure. There will also be an opportunity to socialize and network through live chat rooms, face to face video calls and group Zoom lounges as we stay connected.

As they say, there is an opportunity in every adversity. We are creating opportunities through this Virtual Conference by helping save expenses on travel, accommodation and registration charges. The need of the hour is judicial use available resources. Thus, there is an opportunity to divert the saving towards measures to contain the impact of the pandemic. Further, this conference will have the way for subsequent high-end meetings.

We welcome all of you to share your knowledge and experience in management of persons with spinal ailments, especially with the ever-changing circumstances. We hope you will like this new experience from the safety of your home or workplace. We will look forward to your feedback.

Let's be versatile during the challenge posed by COVID-19 pandemic and rise together to tap tis opportunity for a Virtual Conference.
Let's accelerate the movement to serve persons with spinal ailments.
Let's take all precautions to stay safe and healthy.

With Regards,
Harvinder Chhabra
President, ASSI

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