Welcome note from the president:
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to invite you to the 12th anniversary of the German Spinal Society in Stuttgart. The German Spinal Column Congress takes place at the International Congress Center Stuttgart from 30 November to 2 December.
We will work together for an appealing and up-to-date scientific program. The anniversary will remain German-language – at the same time it already enjoys a broad international interest. In the coming year, we will also complement the program with contributions from international guest speakers. The contact with the North American Spine Society is to be deepened and cultivated.
The DWG and our anniversary are growing every year: We expect more than 2,500 congress visitors. The number of DWG members will probably exceed the 2,000 mark by the end of the year. The personal qualification and certification now belongs to the standard of training in German spinal column surgery. As a further building block of quality assurance, DWG’s centre certification was launched as of 1 January this year. I am delighted to see the progress of the project and will, of course, report on the progress of the project in Stuttgart.
In addition to the “hot topics” from science, we also want to seek a health policy discussion with representatives from politics. In view of our membership figures, we would like to make an active contribution to the common future shape in spinal column surgery.
Stuttgart as a state and cultural capital is also to lure you to the south – it is worth a trip. With the anniversary and its supporting program I will try to present you a small section of internationally established art. And maybe – with a view to the current table – there are even more first-division football in the state capital …
I am looking forward to the 12th anniversary and would like to invite you to Stuttgart already.
Prof. Dr. Christian Knop
President of DWG 2017
30 November–2 December 2017
DWG – 12th Anniversary of the German Spinal Society
Phone +49 3641 31 16-160