By Marinus de Kleuver MD, PhD
and Ahmet Alanay, MD
Worldwide Conference Committee Chair
SpineWeek is a joint meeting of many spine societies, organized once every four years, with a very high profile and attendance. In May 2012, SpineWeek will be held for the third time, and the participating societies will be the Spine Society of Europe, ISSLS, European-CSRS, SILACO, Brasilian Spine Society, NASS and our SRS.
SpineWeek will take place May 28 - June 1, 2012 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The SRS will organize a one day course with invited lectures, debates and case discussions on Wednesday, May 30th. Based on the very successful half day meeting in Geneva, we hope to attract 300-500 attendees. The historic city of Amsterdam can be reached easily by airplane, train and car. The Amsterdam RAI congress center is very well connected by public transport and it is located alongside the main ring road ten minutes from the airport.
Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colorful cities and one of the most important cultural centers in Europe. Its charming canal belt, historic monuments and prestigious museums are world-renowned. Amsterdam boasts hundreds of specialty shops, restaurants, cozy bars etc. and features a large number of open-air markets. It is a dazzling and unique city. Particularly in the spring, you will be impressed by the colorful canvas of hyacinths, crocuses, daffodils and our national treasure: the tulips. No other city mixes cosmopolitan style and relaxed atmosphere quite like Amsterdam, where our hospitable nature attracts an excitingly diverse population. When exploring the city, do it the Dutch way: by bike!
With excitement and pride the Worldwide Conference Committee invites you to attend the SRS course at SpineWeek. It promises to be of high scientific quality, with a world-class line-up of speakers and a generous spectrum of other spine and social activities.