Omicron surge sees STS move 2022 annual meeting online


The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has moved its 2022 annual meeting from an in-person to a virtual event due to health and safety concerns caused by the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally slated to take place as a three-day in-person event from 29 January–1 February in Miami, USA, the STS has announced this week that the event will instead take place online across the two days of 29–30 January.

“Out of concern for the health and safety of our community during the surging pandemic, STS will convert its 58th Annual Meeting from an in-person event in Miami to a virtual event,” the STS said in a statement on its website this week. “In taking this difficult but necessary step, we thoughtfully considered input, data, and guidance from a variety of sources, as well as reports from members on the front line. Although disappointing that, once again, we will not be together in person, this is the most prudent decision given the information we have today.”

This will mark the second consecutive year that the STS annual meeting has been held in a digital format, having also taken place online in 2021 (STS 2021, 29–31 January, virtual). The Society’s 56th annual meeting took place in-person in New Orleans, USA.

To reflect the online shift, STS says that the event programme will be shorter but will retain important elements of planned the in-person research, plenaries and industry symposia.


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