Could you give us a bit of background on the EAS Congress?
The purpose of the Finnish Atherosclerosis Society is to promote scientific research and education on atherosclerosis. International contacts are important to us, and one of the best ways of networking and exchanging current information is through events.
We have organised these conferences in Finland before and received high praise for them. In the spring of 2021, we were given the opportunity to host the international EAS Congress for the European Atherosclerosis Society.
Originally, the event was set for Messukeskus in Helsinki, where they have a great framework for inspiring, top-tier events. Due to the pandemic, we had to adapt our plans, guidelines and the whole process to the virtual realm. For a long time, we held our hopes for a hybrid event. However, we eventually decided on a virtual event where only the speakers from Finland travelled to the venue.