28th Meeting of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons
31 May - 3 June 2020 - The Hague, The Netherlands

Welcome Address


Holland is more than tulips, windmills or wooden shoes, and The Hague proves this.
In this city the parliament resides, the King has his working palace but also the embassies, the International Court of Justice and the Criminal Court are located here.
The third largest city of Holland has the largest coastline: more than 11 km beach and two seaside resorts: Scheveningen and Kijkduin.
It  has the grandeur of a royal residence and the friendliness of a small town in a multicultural and international setting.

Art, architecture, nature, canals and simple but also exquisite  international food can be found in this beautiful city.

In 2020 the ESTS annual meeting will take place in The Hague; the city and this meeting match perfectly:
The European Society of Thoracic Surgeons is about International collaboration, learning together and sharing experience and knowledge but also preparing the future generation in a rapidly changing surgical world.  Equally important are the friendships, networks and a perfect environment to get in touch with the Industry.
The ESTS meeting is the place were members and many other colleagues meet and we would like you to be part of this. Please also bring your team members: (specialized) nurses, OR team members: we can only perform as a team.
Join the plenary sessions, come to the breakfast meetings and social events, learn from colleagues, tell us about your own expertise and experience.  
Learn about new techniques, new instruments, and new possibilities within our profession and about disease management, let’s talk about new topics; how to get the patient fit for surgery (prehabilitation) and how can we stay fit to perform. Meet old and make new friends.

The world is changing rapidly and thoracic surgery and present and future surgeons have to move along.
In other words: learn, share, teach and enjoy

We can do this together in The Hague 2020 where we all wholeheartedly welcome you