On behalf of the organizing committee and the Colombian Neurosurgery Association, I would like to express our solidarity with the entire world neurosurgical community in these difficult times, urging them to have extreme self-care during the care of our patients. We hope that with everyone's effort, this devastating pandemic will be controlled within months.
We have continued to work intensively on the organization of the XVII WFNS World Congress of Neurosurgery and at the moment we finished the Scientific Pre-Program, which has been agreed upon with all the committee chairs and the continental Vice-Presidents. We are ready to send the speakers personalized invitation letters but due the Global Coronavirus Pandemic we decided that it was better to wait some time.
I would like to warmly welcome you to the XVII WFNS World Congress, Bogotá 2021.
Gathering recognized experts from around the world, we will have ample space for discussion of the most modern neurosurgical approaches and techniques. Furthermore, keynote addresses by leading neurosurgeons, scientists, writers and artists will present us with the latest analyses and advances on the most relevant topics in the world.
To top it all off, we will enjoy incomparable fellowship amidst the varied and rich textures of Colombian music, art, and gastronomy. Bogota, our host city, is a thriving cosmopolitan city located in the heart of the Americas. It is a vibrant local that openly welcomes all visitors. It is home to the largest and most important gold museum in the world, along with many other beautiful sights to see in and around the city. Bogota has direct flights from more than 700 international destinations, and more than 96 countries do not require a visa to enter our country.
Please save the dates from August 29 to September 3, 2021 and consider taking a few extra days of vacation in the company of your family to really take in all our country has to offer: from the UNESCO world heritage site in the old city of Cartagena to the Amazon jungle, Colombia is waiting for you!
Enrique Osorio-Fonseca, MD