Dear WSRM Members,

I am happy and honored to invite you to Bologna for the 10th WSRM which will be held from 12 to 15 June 2019, and will have a rich programme of news, conferences, workshops and debates.

Bologna, located in the region of Emilia-Romagna is seat to the oldest university in the Western world. It is a city with an intense cultural life and a very interesting historical heritage. In 2000 it was selected as the European Capital of Culture and in 2006 UNESCO named it “the creative city of music". The most renowned symbols of Bologna are its characteristic arcades, extending along 38 kilometers in the old city only, and its towers offering visitors the opportunity to admire Bologna and its lovely surroundings. The most important of them are Torre Garisenda and Torre degli Asinelli rising where the old Via Emilia entered the city.  The number of historic buildings is almost endless, and three of them -  Palazzo del Podestà, built around 1200, Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo Comunale or Accursio, now home to the Town Hall - are all facing the main square (Piazza Maggiore). However, Bologna is first and foremost a university city, where young people and a vibrant cultural life can be seen at each step. In every street, narrow alley and porticoed walkway one can experience the spirit of cordiality and hospitality of Bologna and discover its great cuisine tradition. Bologna is all this and much more. If you join the 10th WSRM in 2019 we will do our best to make you enjoy our country.

The motto of the Bologna 2019 WSRM congress is  “ad augusta per angusta” that is to say  “great achievements through narrow paths”. In addition to the classical topics of reconstructive surgery of head and neck, trunk, breast and limbs, the congress will address innovative microsurgery techniques for lymphatics, supermicrosurgery, tissue prefabrication and use of microvascularised grafts from cadaver. Special emphasis will be placed on the interactive discussion among experts on topical issues. Finally, some time will be devoted to the selection of the best cases of microsurgical treatment or salvage surgery. 

I hope the conference will have a large attendance, and I am working with the Scientific Committee to draw up a top level programme making the event dynamic, interactive and international by involving the main groups of reconstructive microsurgeons in the world. WSRM has always been an important occasion to meet and exchange opinions and techniques, as well as a great opportunity to meet the most renowned experts of microsurgery and all friends from different continents.

We look forward to seeing you in Bologna.

The Conference Chair,

Giorgio De Santis