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Dear colleagues, friends and participants,

During these unprecedented times, we are all adapting our work and research to respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis. My sincere gratitude goes to our colleagues, including nurses, doctors, other health professionals and key workers for their dedication, hard work, and flexibility.

One of the challenges that EASL has faced relates to the delivery of a safe International Liver Congress. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing global pandemic we do not feel it is appropriate to hold a face-to-face event.

Having considered the different options carefully, we believe it is important for the liver community to connect and to share the latest in data, education, and science. We have therefore decided to transition the onsite International Liver Congress™ 2020 to an innovative digital event, The Digital International Liver Congress™ 2020.

The Digital ILC 2020 will take place from Thursday, 27 to Saturday, 29 August 2020, and will bring you cutting-edge content and extensive interactivity throughout. We are currently fine-tuning the congress programme and we can assure you that it will be an engaging event.

Notably, EASL has been livestreaming all sessions at its events since 2019 and has been providing educational content online through the EASL Campus. This experience of delivering online content to the liver community gives us the platform to go up to the next level at The Digital International Liver Congress™ 2020.

Recognising the challenges this year, we have heavily discounted registration for the congress. Your participation is key to making this meeting a success and I look forward to engaging with you in August.

Thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to communicating more news about The Digital International Liver Congress™ 2020, over the next few weeks.

Phil Newsome
EASL Secretary General