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DKOU20_Prof. Wirtz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dieter C. Wirtz
President DGOU, DGOOC 2021

DKOU20_Prof. Raschke

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Michael J. Raschke
President DGU 2021

Lembeck Burkhard

Dr. med. Burkhard Lembeck
Congress President BVOU 2021

Diversity United

Looking back, 2020 was a difficult year for all of us, and in many ways, turned out differently than originally planned. The corona pandemic has led to changes for everyone, both professionally and personally. The DKOU 2020, which we had fully planned, was not spared from such impacts. With the Digital Week O&U #digitalOU2020, however, we were able to offer an alternative event that was recognized and supported in our societies with approval and great contributions. Nevertheless, we would have preferred to have met you all at the “real” DKOU in Berlin.

The members of our professional societies have decided that we as a congress team will have the opportunity to organize the DKOU again in 2021. We would like to thank you for your trust.

In 2021, we will proceed with the congress motto #diversityunited, as we believe it is almost more applicable this year than last. Especially in times of crisis, we must continue to approach each other and collaborate despite our various specializations.

Even as we progress in the fight against the pandemic, including a vaccination effort in full swing, it is still uncertain in which form we will be able to hold this year’s DKOU 2021.

In order to be prepared for any restrictions caused by the corona pandemic, we will design our DKOU programme in such a way that it can be carried out as a face-to-face event, a hybrid version, or completely digitally. To accomplish this, all sessions will be shortened to 60 minutes. This measure gives us further flexibility in planning. We hope, of course, that we can hold the DKOU as a face-to-face event this year “as usual,” but as we have all learned over the past 12 months, we must prepare for all eventualities.

One major benefit of digitization is a greater international reach. We observed this in the Digital Week 2020. We are very happy about that, as it united us even more with our international colleagues.

We are therefore taking a broad and flexible stance for the year 2021, so that we are prepared for potentially changing framework conditions. We look forward to this year’s event with excitement and cannot wait to see you again at the DKOU from 26.-29. October 2021 – hopefully in Berlin.