Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the Barcelona Breast Meeting (BBM 2020) to be held in Auditori AXA, Barcelona on October, 8th – 9th, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 prevention measures, we have changed our usual venue at Hospital Sant Pau to a bigger auditorium, Auditori AXA, located at one of the best neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Safety of our faculty and attendees is a clear priority for BBM’s organizing committee.

We have an exciting scientific program that we are sure you will find dynamic and diverse. The focus for 2020 is searching for the ideal results with maximum patient safety, with Faculty from all over the world providing their expertise, tips and tricks on surgical techniques. We are planning to perform live surgery to highlight trends and innovations in these fields and there will be video-surgery sessions showing tips and tricks of some of the leading world experts. We are sure you will find this year’s program particularly motivating and inspiring.

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In conjunction with Barcelona Breast Meeting 2020, this year we are holding the 9th World Symposium on Lymphedema Surgery (9th WSLS). A hybrid concept will be used for both meetings, with a combination of on-site lectures and online connections, and all sessions will be live broadcasted.

We are organizing the 9th WSLS together with Prof. Ming Huei Cheng (Chang Gun Memorial Hospital), Prof. David Chang (Chicago University Hospital) and Prof Isao Koshima (Hiroshima Hospital), who will discuss the indications for this highly complex procedure and present the techniques used and progress to date.

After the COVID-19 crisis, we have learnt that preventive measures are mandatory for a face-to-face event. For this reason we have considered implementing several strategies to maintain a healthy environment for the 9th WSLS and BBM 2020:

  • COVID-19 testing (48h before the day of the meeting) will be required and temperature will be taken at the entrance
  • A mask and a bottle of hydro-alcoholic ice will be provided
  • A safety distance of 1.5m will be guaranteed in all the venue areas
  • Capacity is limited to 292 people, sited in alternate and preassigned seats
  • 2 resting areas will be available in order to divide the attendees into two independent groups, and individual catering will be supplied
  • Cleaning services will be reinforced and the scenario will be disinfected after every session
  • And much more...

Looking forward to welcome you all in October!
Yours sincerely,

J. Farhadi & J. Masià
BBM 2020 Co-Chairmen