Dear friends,


It is a great honour to take on the role of Scientific Chairman for the ESSKA Congress and I am proud to be working alongside two fantastic co-chairs, Kristien Samuelsson and Elizaveta Kon. Work has already begun on preparing the Scientific Programme and we are very grateful to have a Scientific Committee to support us along the way; sharing their expertise, giving input into the programme and playing a vital role as abstract reviewers. We could not manage without their support so a big thank you to them in advance and together we will create the best programme ever!

To reflect the special atmosphere and unique flavour of our fashionable host city of Milan, the ESSKA congress 2020 has been given the unique title of “Fashion meets Science”.  This theme will run across the Congress Programme and social events. In terms of science, the theme will be reflected by a new format “fashion versus science”, which covers the scientific evidence of highly promoted treatment methods. In terms of social programme, there will be many exciting and fashionable surprises in store!

As ever, the ESSKA Congress will be packed full of top class, exciting and innovative sessions which will be shaped and delivered by both the ESSKA Community and invited experts. The ICL sessions which are a firm favourite of the Congress programme will be more interactive and educational in Milan thanks to less talks, more interaction and the introduction of the new format of surgical videos.

We want to involve as many ESSKA members as possible in the programme and as such, the call for Symposia submission will be open to all ESSKA members. Deadline for submissions is end of January 2019, so don’t miss this chance to take an active role in the programme! Click HERE to submit a symposia through our new online system.

Highlight and keynote lectures of a fantastic international faculty will give you an update about latest treatment techniques in the field of sports traumatology, knee surgery, and arthroscopy of ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and wrist.

Case based debates with the experts will allow fruitful enhancement of your personal experience in diagnostics and treatment for optimal patient care.

Aside from the scientific programme you will have the chance to meet old friends, make new friends and discuss all aspects of the programme together and have some fun at the same time!


We very much look forward to seeing you in Milan,


Best regards,

Michael T. Hirschmann, Scientific Chairman

Kristian Samuelsson, Scientific Chairman


Elizaveta Kon, Scientific Chairwoman