Dear colleague,
the Organizing Committee of the 9th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and Joint Meetings with the Czech Neurosurgical Society and Swiss Society of Neurosurgery has in the past weeks been closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak in Croatia and whole of Europe, hoping for a favorable course of events that would make holding the Congress in September 2020 plausible. Unfortunately, although the epidemiological situation throughout Europe is ameliorating, and more and more countries are preparing to open borders, projections of the epidemiological status and traveling policy in the months to come are impossible to be made.

Guided by the wish for an unburdened and fruitful meeting, free from social restrictions and available to all attendees and invited speakers, the Organizing Committee has decided to postpone the Congress for spring 2021, while striving to keep as much as possible of already planned parameters of the Congress unchanged.

The new dates of the 9th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and Joint Meetings with the Czech Neurosurgical Society and Swiss Society of Neurosurgery together with the Croatian – Japanese Special CSF Symposium and Neurosurgical Nursing Symposium are set for 27th – 29th May 2021, with the venue unchanged – the town of Vodice near Šibenik, on the beautiful Croatian Adriatic coast.

We kindly ask you to save the dates 27th – 29th May 2021 for our Congress, and honor us with your presence and contribution to this, what we believe to remain, wonderful meeting in spite of this new globally unprecedented scenario.

We wish you to stay in good health,
With kind regards

Professor Miroslav Vukić

President of the Organizing Committee
President of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society


www.neurosurgery-croatia2020.com

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GENERAL INFORMATION


CONGRESS VENUE
Hotel Olympia Sky Vodice, Ljudevita Gaja bb, 22211, Vodice, Croatia.

REGISTRATION DESK
The Registration Desk will open one hour before the beginning of the sessions and close after the end of the sessions.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Official language is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.

LETTER OF INVITATION
Organizing Committee will issue the Letter of Invitation upon request, to be used for visa application and for your employer. Please send your request to the Congress agency.

OFFICIAL BADGES
All registered participants with registration fee paid will get congress badges and are obligated to wear them during the scientific and social program.

CONGRESS EXHIBITION
During the Congress, an industrial exhibition of manufacturers of equipment, devices and products and other companies related to food safety and quality will be organized. More information about the participation options are available in the Offer for sponsors and exhibitors.

Companies interested in advertising their products at the exhibition and in the congress materials should contact the Congress agency, contact person Goran Grbic, e-mail: goran.grbic@btravel.pro

INSURANCE
The Organizing Committee cannot accept responsibility for accidents or damage to participants or accompanying persons before, during or after the Congress. Participants are urged to make their own arrangements with respect to travel and health insurance. Upon registration, the participant accepts this provision.

MOBILE PHONES
Participants are kindly requested to keep their mobile phones in off position in the rooms where scientific sessions are being held.

INTERNET
Internet services will be available to all participants during the Congress.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all registered participants.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Congress dates: May 27 – 29, 2021
Abstracts submission deadline: March 1, 2021
Lower registration fee deadline: March 10, 2021
Accommodation reservation deadline: April 27, 2021

WELCOME LETTER


Dear colleagues, dear friends,

On behalf of the Managing Board of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society as well as of the Organizing Committee, I have the honor and pleasure of inviting you to the 9th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and Joint Meetings with the Czech Neurosurgical Society and Swiss Society of Neurosurgery, and a very special symposium on CSF physiology organized in collaboration with the Japan Neurosurgical Society and Medical School of the University of Zagreb and Neurosugical Nursing Symposium.

This exceptional gathering will take place in Vodice near Šibenik, at the midpoint of the Croatian Adriatic coast, from the 27th to the 29th May 2021. From its inception almost a quarter of a century ago, the Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society has outgrown its’ initial scope of a national neurosurgical specialists’ meeting to grow to a regional melting pot of exchange of knowledge, experience and up-to-date management strategies in the different fields of the noble art of neurosurgery. We will once again bring together prominent Croatian and European neurosurgeons, as well as distinguished guests and speakers from all over the world to provide the attendants a spectacular environment for professional formation and social interaction.

The 9th Congress promises to be the most attended yet, since we proudly host Joint Meetings with two fellow continental
Neurosurgical Societies – the Czech Neurosurgical Society and Swiss Society of Neurosurgery, but also co-organize a spectacular Symposium on cerebrospinal fluid physiology and pathophysiology with eminent guests from the Japan Neurosurgical Society.

We invite you to take an active part in the scientific program of this remarkable Congress, but also to fully enjoy the social activities that we have in preparation for you.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Vodice!

Professor Miroslav Vukić, MD, PhD
Organizing Committee President
President of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society


Dear colleagues and friends!

It is a privilege and a pleasure to do neurosurgery. But it is equally exciting to share knowledge and experiences from your own practice with colleagues and friends. I would like to thank Professor Vukic for this wonderful idea of organizing the Croatian-Swiss-Czech Neurosurgical Congress. Croatia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have no common borders. But it can easily be overcome: our neurosurgery has no limits! A generation of us, like the people who organize this event, is very lucky. Thanks to EANS, the Training Committee and specially designated people, there is a whole friendship in all of us throughout Europe. I would like to see this event attended by many young generations of neurosurgeons, perhaps not just from the three organizing societies, who will share their knowledge, thoughts and ideas and establish a new partnership or even friendship. And this is good for us, this is good for neurosurgery and ultimately good for our patients.

Croatia is a beautiful place to start the tradition of this congress model. It has everything we need. I welcome you as one of the organizers and wish you an unforgettable stay in Vodice 2021.

Yours,

Professor Martin Smrčka, MD, PhD
President of the Czech Neurosurgical Society, Czech
Medical Association, JEP


Dear colleagues, dear friends,

It is my honour and pleasure to invite you to the upcoming meeting of the Croatian, Japanese, Czech and Swiss Society of Neurosurgery. Hosted by the Croatian Society, the meeting will bring leading experts together who share the interest to deliver cutting edge scientific content, education, lively discussions, but also meeting or making friends and connecting our national societies.

The main topics of the meeting include Neurooncology, Skull Base, Vascular Neurosurgery, Spine, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Neurotrauma, Functional Neurosurgery, Epilepsy surgery, Stereotactic Neurosurgery and Radiosurgery with their open questions but also established evidence of knowledge and management. I personally consider a meeting or congress, where questions can be discussed openly and in a friendly atmosphere more effective and educating than trying to keep up with the information overload in our electronic or paper media. So take you chance and join these presentations and discussions. The Swiss society of Neurosurgery is proud to be part of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society Joint Meeting. The multinational spirit of the congress reflects our European and international networking within our neurosurgical specialty and represents an excellent example on how crossing borders helps us learning from each other and getting better.

Please save the dates from May 27th – 29th, 2021, come to Vodice, and consider taking a few extra days of vacation in the company of your family to enjoy Croatia!

Best regards.

Professor Andreas Raabe, MD, PhD
President of the Swiss Society of Neurosurgery

ORGANIZERS


ORGANIZERS
Croatian Neurosurgical Society
Czech Neurosurgical Society
Swiss Society of Neurosurgery

UNDER THE AUSPICES OF
Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE


Presidents: Miroslav Vukić, Martin Smrčka, Andreas Raabe
Members: Krešimir Rotim, Darko Chudy, Sergej Marasanov, Hrvoje Jednačak, Bruno Splavski, Rade Škarica, Vlatko Ledenko, Dean Girotto, Marijan Klarica, Shinya Yamada

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Members: Miroslav Vukić, Krešimir Rotim, Darko Chudy, Sergej Marasanov, Martin Smrčka, David Netuka, Martin Sameš, Karl Schaller, Michael Reinert, Andreas Raabe, Marijan Klarica, Shinya Yamada

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM


TOPICS

1. Neurooncology
2. Skull Base Surgery
3. Vascular Neurosurgery
4. Spinal Neurosurgery
5. Pediatric Neurosurgery
6. Neurotrauma and Critical Care
7. Functional Neurosurgery
8. Epilepsy surgery
9. Stereotactic Neurosurgery and Radiosurgery
10. Free topics

KEYNOTE speakers:

• Kenan Arnautović (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
• Jürgen Beck (Freiburg, Germany)
• András Büki (Pecs, Hungary)
• Domagoj Coric (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
• Andreas Demetriades (Edinburgh, UK)
• Andre Grotenhuis (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
• Mika Niemela (Helsinki, Finland)
• Veit Rohde (Göttingen, Germany)
• Franco Servadei (Milano, Italy)
• Volodymyr Smolanka (Uzhhorod, Ukraine)
• Claudius Thomé (Innsbruck, Austria)
• Beverly C. Walters (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)


CROATIAN – JAPANESE SPECIAL CSF SYMPOSIUM – Thursday, May 27th 2021


„NEUROSURGICAL NURSING SYMPOSIUM“ – Saturday, May 29th 2021
• 10:45 – 12:35 Morning Session
• 13:30 – 15:45 Afternoon session


RAPID FIRE ORAL POSTER PRESENTATION – Saturday, May 29th 2021
• 15:45 – 17:30 Afternoon session


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM:
Keynote lecture: 12
Invited speaker lecture: 24
Other lecture: 36
Sponsored lecture: 2


2021


The Congress will be organized in a form of plenary lectures, oral presentations, satellite symposia and e-posters. Oral presentations and PowerPoint presentations should be in English.

Participants who would like to present an oral or poster presentation should submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee. The abstracts should be submitted in English. The Scientific Committee will determine whether the abstract will be accepted for an oral or poster presentation.

Posters
All posters will be displayed electronically (e-posters) on monitors; e-posters should be in English

Best poster award

The jury will award the author of the best poster. The award is a weekend package for two persons at the Hotel Olympia in Vodice, Croatia during a before agreed period. Oral or poster presentation is not possible if the registration fee is not paid (excluding keynote speakers).

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Congress dates: May 27 – 29, 2021
Abstracts submission deadline: February 1, 2021
Lower registration fee deadline: March 10, 2021
Accommodation reservation deadline: April 27, 2021

ABSTRACTS


INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING AND SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS

Participants who would like to present an oral or poster presentation should submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee. The abstracts should be submitted in English, and will be published in the Supplement of “Neurologia Croatica” journal. The Scientific Committee will determine whether the abstract will be accepted for an oral or poster presentation.

The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission to the Congress agency, and of all communications thereafter.

SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS

Choose a topic:

In case co-authors are from different institutions, please enter a number after co-author's first name initial that matches the number of the institution. Example: Co-authors: Horvat I1, Tomic L2, Kovac M2

Institution: 1 Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 2 General Hospital Zadar, Zadar, Croatia

I WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESS (please, choose one option)*:
oral presentationwith poster

Instructions for Writing Abstracts

- abstract should be written in English
- abstract length: up to 350 words
- font should be Arial 10 pts
- abstract headlines should be written in capital letters Arial 12 pts
- the last name and initial of the author's first name should be capitalised
- author's and co-author's last name and first name initials without titles
- author's and co-author's name of institution, city and country
- author's e-mail address
- 5 keywords
- text of the abstract: aim of the study, methods, results, and conclusion
- original abstracts will not be edited - linguistic accuracy is the responsibility of the author
- previously published abstract will not be accepted
- accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts - Supplement of “Neurologia Croatica” journal

Abstract:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 1st 2021
Deadline for accepting abstracts: April 1st, 2021

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPEAKERS

After receiving abstracts, the Scientific Committee will decide whether a submitted paper will be selected for oral or poster presentation.

ORAL PRESENTATION

– Keynote speakers: 17 minutes + discussion: 3 minutes
– Invited speakers and oral presentations: 8 minutes + discussion: 2 minutes

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENTATIONS

– presentations should be in English
– computers onsite will be PC-s; presentations should be in Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT)
– speakers can bring their own Mac to release their presentations
– projector format in the conference rooms will be 16:9
– speakers are kindly asked to adhere to the proposed time limits for presentations – after the
designated time runs out, the presentation will be terminated
– speakers are kindly asked to prepare their presentations at least 1 hour before their lecture and
give them to the Congress agency’s technician
– speakers are kindly asked to give the technical personnel any special instructions they may have in
advance, not during the lecture.

Technical Equipment

– LCD projector

POSTERS

Posters will be displayed in a digital form in the exhibition area on display panels. Posters may include text, figures and images. The authors are kindly asked to send in their digital posters in the .pdf format by August 31st, 2020 to Congress agency’s contact person: goran.grbic@btravel.pro.

Rapid fire oral poster session is planned. Each presenter will be allocated with 4 minutes to present their poster.

Best poster award
The jury will award the author of the best poster. The award is a weekend package for two persons at the Hotel Olympia in Vodice, Croatia, during a before agreed period.

NOTE:
Oral or poster presentation is not possible if the registration fee is not paid (excluding invited speakers).

KEYNOTE AND INVITED SPEAKERS


KEYNOTE speakers:

• Kenan Arnautović (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
• Jürgen Beck (Freiburg, Germany)
• András Büki (Pecs, Hungary)
• Domagoj Coric (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
• Andreas Demetriades (Edinburgh, UK)
• Andre Grotenhuis (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
• Mika Niemela (Helsinki, Finland)
• Veit Rohde (Göttingen, Germany)
• Franco Servadei (Milano, Italy)
• Volodymyr Smolanka (Uzhhorod, Ukraine)
• Claudius Thomé (Innsbruck, Austria)
• Beverly C. Walters (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)

REGISTRATION FEES


REGISTRATION FEES & PAYMENT

Paid by April 1st 2021 Paid after April 1st 2021 on site payment
Participant 1.500,00 kn / € 200,00 € 225,00 € 250,00
Nurse 750,00 kn / € 100,00 € 100,00 € 100,00
Exhibitor firm representative 900,00 kn / € 120,00 € 150,00 € 180,00

*The Organizer approves a free registration fee for one firm representative at the exhibition stand;
VAT is included.

Full registration fee includes:

– admission to all congress sessions, poster and exhibition areas and social program
– congress materials: Final Program, Book of Abstracts – Supplement of „Neurologia Croatica“ journal, congress bag, certificate of attendance

After you have completed the Registration Form, you will receive an e-mail with confirmation of your application. This confirmation is not a payment confirmation. You will receive an offer for payment from the Congress agency. After the payment, the preinvoice will be sent to the payer’s e-mail address.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS

Terms of cancellation:

• All cancellations of Congress registration, which must include your full bank account details, should be sent in writing to the Congress agency BTravel Ltd. Cancellations received no later than April 27th, 2021 will be refunded in full except VAT and administrative fee of 15% after the Congress.
• Cancellations received after April 27th, 2021 will not be refunded.

REGISTRATION


PERSONAL INFORMATION


REGISTRATION FEE (please choose):

Participant (1.500 kn / 200,00 €)Nurse (750,00 kn / 100,00€)Exhibitor firm Representative (900,00 kn / 120,00 €)

PAYMENT (please choose):

Pay via credit card (VISA, MasterCard)Pay via bank transfer (you will receive a confirmation e-mail with payment details)

PAYER'S INFORMATION


CONDITIONS
After you have complited the registration form, you will receive an e-mail with confirmation of your application.This confirmation is not a payment confirmation. You will
receive an offer for payment from the congress agency. After the payment, the preinvoice will be sent to the payer's e-mail.


PAYMENT
Bank payment procedure: After receiving your completed registration form, we will send you an offer to make your payment.


NOTE:
Be sure to fill in all fields marked with an asterisk.


CONTACT PERMISSION

By registering for the congress, I give my permission to BTravel Ltd. to contact me about the congress, as well as all other similar meetings related to the medical profession. You will be able to contact BTravel Ltd. and withdraw this permission at any time.


CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS

Terms of cancellation:

• All cancellations of Congress registration, which must include your full bank account details, should be sent in writing to the Congress agency BTravel Ltd. Cancellations received no later than April 27th, 2021 will be refunded in full except VAT and administrative fee of 15% after the Congress.
• Cancellations received after April 27th, 2021 will not be refunded.


ACCOMMODATION



NEUROSURGERY 2020 | Accomodation


HOTEL OLYMPIA **** - price at single room per room per day – 97,00 € / 720,00 HRKHOTEL OLYMPIA **** - price at double room per room per day – 134,00 € / 990,00 HRK

Number of nights:


PRICE INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION PER PERSON PER DAY ON THE BASE OF HALF BOARD (BREAKFAST AND LUNCH) WITH ALL TAXES INCLUDED.


PARTICIPANT INFORMATION:


PAYERS INFORMATION:


PAYMENT (please choose):

Pay via credit card (VISA, MasterCard)Pay via bank transfer (you will receive a confirmation e-mail with payment details)

IMPORTANT: After receiving the form, we will send you an offer and we kindly ask you to pay the amount. The final accommodation booking will be considered after the payment has been received. Paying for other charges: mini bar, telephone, etc. at hotel reception.
from April 27, 2021 - the cost of the cancellation is 100%


NOTE: We kindly ask you to pay the full amount of your stay at the hotel before the start of the meeting, otherwise your reservation will be canceled

Scientific Program Information

Sergej Marasanov, MD
Croatian Neurosurgical Society, Secretary

Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Center Zagreb
Kišpatićeva 12
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone +385 91 517 4026
@: smmarasanov@gmail.com

Technical Organization Information

Congress information for participants, exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors:

CONGRESS AGENCY
BTravel d.o.o.

Maksimirska cesta 112a, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Contact person: Goran Grbić
M +385 99 4926 679
P +385 1 6661 151
@ goran.grbic@btravel.pro