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LAST UPDATE ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM RBS ORL-HNS 2020

Dear Colleague,

At the tele-meeting of the Board of Directors of B-ORL on 8 September, it was decided to cancel the in persona form of the Annual Congress that was scheduled for 20 and 21 November 2020 in the Flanders Meeting and Convention Center in Antwerp, in view of the current COVID measures and the major uncertainties surrounding organizing a normal physical conference during the coming autumn period.

Preparation of an alternative digital program is ongoing.

We deeply regret this as this is the most important Belgian ENT meeting of the year where colleagues can present their work and where they can meet before and after the lectures and expand their social network. An interesting program was ready and well-balanced, a program where younger colleagues could exchange ideas with experienced colleagues and foreign guest speakers.

Unfortunately, the COVID epidemic has prevented this, as was the case with the Spring Meeting this year and we assume that this will also be the case with the Spring Meeting of 2021.

The Board of Directors has already decided to ask Semico to refund the Registration Fees for the Spring Meeting of 2020.

It has also been decided that we, together with Prof. Marie-Paule Thill, the chairperson in 2021, will try to present a beautiful and instructive Annual Congress in the fall of 2021.

However, in order to be able to meet the wishes for further training and accreditation and to meet the recognition criteria for assistants, we will, in collaboration with Semico, develop an alternative digital program.

This symposium will take place on the same days as the Annual Congress, namely on Friday 20/11/2020 in the afternoon as well as on Saturday morning 21/11/2020, each time during three hours. We would like to emphasize the lectures that allow our younger colleagues to present their work, alternated with short keynote lectures by domestic and foreign experts. Accreditation for this activity will also be applied for at the RIZIV/INAMI.

The originally chosen theme for the planned autumn symposium was: “ENT practice in the digital age”. So here we are, although forced by Corona, with our “changing times”!

With collegial and best regards,

Thomas Somers

 

Date
16 September 2020

The new B-ENT has landed!

Dear Colleagues,

Today is the day, a special day, nevertheless, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: the new B-ENT has landed!

For more than fifteen years Professor Mark Jorissen governed and managed the B-ENT journal as a true 'pater familias' with the help of his co-Editors in Chief and the national and international members of the Editorial Board of the journal. A lot of credits need to be given to him and his team with a peer-reviewed journal being cited in many international databases and currently having a 5-year impact factor of 0.583.

From 2020 on a new Editorial team with headquarters in Antwerp took the challenge to re-new the journal making it a journal with a contemporary website, online manuscript submission and state-of-the art editorial management database behind the scenes. Apart from original contributions and review papers, the editors call for submission of unique case reports that include a concise review of the literature, protocol papers of innovative clinical trials in the field of ENT-HNS, clinical pearls, interesting images in the field and letters to the editors. According to a long existing tradition, the abstracts presented at the meetings of the Royal Belgian Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery will be published in B-ENT too, of course. The journal wants to be the home of residents as well as specialists in ENT-HNS both at the national level in Belgium and at the international scene.

The publication of this first issue of 2020 was delayed because of an obvious reason being the COVID-19 pandemic. The next three issues of 2020 will be published steadily with the fourth issue to be published online in December. The Editors thought that it was appropriate to add a special \'B-ENT COVID-19 COLLECTION\' including six additional papers on COVID-19 all relevant to the ENT-HNS readership. As a result, this issue of the journal contains a total of seventeen papers: I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do.

Dear colleagues, just to let you know that 'le nouveau B-ENT est arrivé' open for you to read interesting papers or to submit your own work - 'de nieuwe B-ENT' is er' taking the time to reflect on the long tradition of our Society to have our own international journal, something to cherish!

Let's move forward with this journal that has a tradition of over 120 years and proudly bears the name B-ENT.

Olivier M. Vanderveken
Philippe Eloy

Editors in Chief