Sixth International Joint Meeting on THORACIC SURGERY 2024

Sixth International Joint Meeting on THORACIC SURGERY 2024Sixth International Joint Meeting on THORACIC SURGERY 2024

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Dear colleagues:

We welcome you to the Sixth International Joint Meeting on Thoracic Surgery that will take place in Barcelona, Spain, in November 2024. The rewarding experiences of the [ First ], [ Second ], [Third], [Four] and [Fifth] International Joint Meetings on Thoracic Surgery held in the same city in 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2021 encourage all of us to work together once again with the purpose of celebrating the sixth edition in 2024.

The Joint Meeting 2024 will consist of a mixture of brief oral and video presentations comprising different areas of thoracic surgery and many other selected topics closely related to thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, with special emphasis on diagnosis, staging and treatment of lung cancer. In addition, there will be breakfast sessions and lunch seminars specifically dedicated to relevant fields in thoracic surgery, and sessions of proffered papers in poster and video presentation format. A great effort has been made to present a programme with an outstanding content. In this meeting, particular attention has been given to the discussion time of the topics.

The Joint Meeting 2024 will take place in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, where the city originated and where the most emblematic public buildings are located: [ the Cathedral ], the imposing [ church of St. Maria del Mar ], one of the finest Gothic churches in Spain, and the [ Picasso Museum ]. Barcelona harbour, and the modernist buildings by Antonio Gaudi, [ La Pedrera ] and [ La Casa Batlló ], are within walking distance of the Gothic Quarter. Autumn certainly is the best time of year to visit Barcelona and you can enjoy pleasant walks in the city.

We hope you will honour us with your active participation in this Sixth Joint Meeting 2024. We are looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces among us. We count on you to make the meeting a real educational and scientific success.

With our kindest regards,

Organizing Committee
Laureano MOLINS. Co-Chair
Ramón RAMI-PORTA. Co-Chair
José BELDA-SANCHIS. Co-Chair
Juan J. FIBLA
Sergi CALL
Juan Carlos TRUJILLO REYES
Marc BOADA

Organizing Committee

Laureano MOLINS. Co-Chair
Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Ramón RAMI-PORTA.Co-Chair
Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari MútuaTerrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

José BELDA-SANCHIS.Co-Chair
Thoracic Surgery Services, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Juan J. FIBLA
Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor, Barcelona, Spain

Sergi CALL
Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari MútuaTerrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

Juan Carlos TRUJILLO-REYES
Thoracic Surgery Sevice, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Marc BOADA
Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Objectives and Background

Objectives

This Sixth Joint Meeting has two principal goals: to provide the newest and the best evidence on several topics in thoracic surgery and oncology, and to review the most important details of time-honoured and new procedures and surgical techniques.

The scientific programme, a full immersion in thoracic surgery and oncology, will combine a series of short lectures with video forum sessions and educational seminars. Particular attention has been given to the discussion time of the topics in order to promote an active and rewarding participation.

The scientific programme is designed to meet the needs of residents as well as young and senior specialists in thoracic surgery, pneumology, and oncology, as well as that of related specialists, i. e., anaesthesiologists, nurses and chest physiotherapists.

Background

The International Meetings on General Thoracic Surgery were organized by the General Thoracic Surgery Unit of Sagrat Cor University Hospital in Barcelona, in 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2002. International Faculty members came from USA and Europe (H. Grillo, W.S. Payne, H. Ellis, P. Goldstraw, D. Mathisen, R. Landreneau, P. Pairolero, S. Hazelrigg, S. Cassivi, D. Lardinois, A. Patterson, D. Nuss, I. Vogt Moykopf, A. Lerut, E. Rendina, K. Naunheim, M.R. Mueller, and others) with a valuable contribution of the Spanish units in each of the meetings.

The International Workshops on Surgical Exploration of the Mediastinum and Systematic Nodal Dissection were organized in Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Nearly 100 speakers from Spain and abroad participated in these highly specific meetings. Their highlights were the live surgery programmes featuring systematic nodal dissection and lung resection for lung cancer performed by Japanese thoracic surgeons (T. Naruke, R. Tsuchiya, T. Goya, H. Kondo, H. Nomori, and H. Asamura), and videomediastinoscopies, extended cervical videomediastinoscopies, video-assisted mediastinal lymphadenectomies, performed by staff thoracic surgeons and invited thoracic surgeons who developed these techniques (M. Huertgen, B. Witte, M. Zielinski, and J. Kuzdzal). Additionally, topics such as transbronchial needle aspiration and bronchial and oesophageal ultrasound with fine needle aspiration were integrated into the programme due to its clinical relevance and utility.

The Thoracic Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Techniques, Transplant, Nursing and Chest Physiotherapy Areas are multidisciplinary collaborative working groups of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) mainly composed by thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists, but also by oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, etc. The number and quality of the scientific publications, guidelines and meetings testify to the long tradition and prestige of these working teams. Some of the most relevant works have been those of 1) the Bronchogenic Carcinoma Cooperative Group I (GCCB-SEPAR-I) that registered data from nearly 3000 patients with lung cancer who had undergone surgical treatment from 1993 to 1997; from the analyses of the collected data, more than 30 publications in indexed journals have been already published; 2) the Spanish Multicentre Study of Neuroendocrine Tumours of the Lung (EMETNE-SEPAR), with more than 5 publications in indexed journals specifically related to the treatment and prognosis of neuroendocrine lung tumours; 3) the Spanish Group for Surgical Resection of Colo-Rectal Pulmonary Metastases (GECMP-CCR-SEPAR) that finished the registration of data from more than 540 patients treated surgically in 2010 and has published 6 papers till now; 4) the Bronchogenic Carcinoma Cooperative Group II (GCCB-SEPAR-II), specifically created to participate in the Prospective Lung Cancer Staging Project of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer towards the 8th edition of the TNM classification of lung cancer, that already has registered online more than 2600 patients and has published recently the descriptive analysis of the registry; and 5) The Bronchogenic Carcinoma Cooperative Group III (GCCB-SEPAR-III) recently created to participate in the collection of data of the IALSC to inform the 9th edition of the TNM classification of lung cancer to be released in 2024.

In 2009, the leadership of these three long-standing initiatives joined their efforts in order to concentrate in a single meeting the updated information on several topics in the fields of general thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology. The result was the First International Joint Meeting on Thoracic Surgery that took place in Barcelona, Spain. National and international faculty members from all around the world came to Barcelona to share knowledge and experience on relevant topics and novel aspects of thoracic surgery. The successful result in terms of scientific quality, number of participants and encouraging feedback prompted us to promote the celebration of the second, third, fourth, fifth and now sixth editions of the International Joint Meeting on Thoracic Surgery.

In the Sixth International Joint Meeting on Thoracic Surgery we will keep two innovations previously introduced: 1) The collaboration of the Spanish Society of Thoracic Surgery (SECT), created in 2007. The Spanish Society of Thoracic Surgery organizes an annual congress as well as courses for residents in thoracic surgery. Its association with the Fifth International Joint Meeting on Thoracic Surgery was highly valuable, and there are all reasons to think it will continue to be so in the Sixth. 2) The incorporation of the Nursing and Physiotherapy Areas of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery. Both groups of professionals constitute an important part of the managing team treating thoracic surgery patients. They will join us for the third time to discuss burning issues in their respective specialties.

Speakers and Chairpersons

Speakers and Chairpersons Disclosure Form Form: Speaker abstracts and profiles

Firas ABU AKAR, Thoracic Surgery Unit, Edith Wolfon Medical center, Holon, Israel

Carlos AGUSTÍ, Pneumology Service, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain

Clemens AIGNER, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Nasser ALTORKI, Thoracic Surgery Service, The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Centre, New York, USA

Marco ANILE, Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Hisao ASAMURA, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

José Manuel ASENCIO, Department of Surgery, Gregorio Marañón General University Hospital, Madrid, Spain

Sonia BAEZA, Respiratory Medicine Department, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Spain

Josep BELDA, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Irene BELLO, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Marc BOADA, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Sergio BOLUFER, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Ilies BOUABDALLAH, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hopital Saint Joseph Marseille, Marseille, France

Souheil BOUBIA, Thoracic Surgery Service, Centre Hospitalier Ibn Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco

Sergi CALL, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari Mútua de Terrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

José Luís CAMPO-CAÑAVERAL, Thoracic Surgery Department, Hospital Puerta de Hierro de Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain

Stephen D. CASSIVI, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Robert CERFOLIO, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, NYU Langone Health, New York, USA

Jean-Pierre CHAVOIN, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. CHU de Toulouse - Hôpital de Rangueil, Toulouse, France

Miguel CONGREGADO, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Virgen de la Macarena, Sevilla, Spain

Silvana CROWLEY, Thoracic Surgery Department, Hospital Puerta de Hierro de Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain

Hiroyuki DAIKO, Department of Esophageal Surgery, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan

Harry DE KONING, Deptartment of Public Health, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Paul DE LEYN, Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Herbert DECALUWÉ, ThoracoVascular Department, Zol Ziekenhuis Oost Limburg, Genk, Belgium

Frank DETTERBECK, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

John EDWARDS, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Northern General Hospital , Sheffield, UK

Raul EMBÚN, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet, Zaragoza, Spain

Jordi FAULÍ, Chief Architect, Sagrada Familia Temple, Barcelona, Spain

Enriqueta FELIP, Medical Oncology Service, Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebrón, Barcelona, Spain

Manuel FERNÁNDEZ, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Juan José FIBLA, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor, Barcelona, Spain

Carlos GÁLVEZ, Department of Thoracic Surgery. Hospital General Universitario Alicante, Alicante, Spain

David GÓMEZ DE ANTONIO, Thoracic Surgery Department, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Majadahonda, Spain

Diego GONZÁLEZ-RIVAS, Coruña University Hospital, UCTMI and Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Coruña, Spain, and Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

Luis GOROSPE, Radiology Department, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain

Ángela GUIRAO, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Henrik Jassem HANSEN, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery RT, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Jorge HERNÁNDEZ, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Florentino HERNANDO, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Konrad HOETZENECKER, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

James HUANG, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Thoracic Service, New York, USA

Martin HÜRTGEN, Thoraxchirurgie, Katholisches Klinikum, Koblenz, Germany

Kohei Hashimoto, Tront General Hospital and Cancer Institute Hospital in Tokyo

Mahmoud ISMAIL, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Klinikum Ernst von Bergmann, Potsdam, Germany

Masaoki ITO, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Kindai University, Faculty of Medicine, Osaka-Sayama, Japan

Alberto JAUREGUI, Thoracic Surgery Department, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain

David JONES, Thoracic Surgery Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Haruhiko KONDO, Kyorin University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Carmen LUCENA, Pneumology Service. Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Margarita MAJEM, Oncology Department, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Daniel MARTÍNEZ, Department of Pathology, Biomedical Diagnostic Center. Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Elisabeth MARTÍNEZ, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Carlos MARTÍNEZ-BARENYS, Thoracic Surgery Department, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Spain

Joan MASSAGUÉ SOLÉ, Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Laureano MOLINS, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic & Sagrat Cor, Barcelona, Spain

Meritxell MOLLÁ, Radiotherapy Oncology Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Tamás MOLNÁR, Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Medical School of Pécs, Pécks, Hungary

Nicolás MORENO, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain

Ricard NAVARRO, Anesthesiology Department, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Andrew NICHOLSON, Department of Histopathology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK

Carme OBIOLS, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari Mútua de Terrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

Isabelle OPITZ, University Hospital Zürich, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Zürich, Switzerland

Raymond OSAROGIAGBON, Thoracic Oncology Program, Baptist Cancer Center, Memphis, USA

Georgina PLANAS, Thoracic Surgery Department, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Sanjay POPAT, The Royal Marsden Hospital & The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK

Mariano PROVENCIO, Medical Oncology Department, Hospital Univesitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain

Ramón RAMI-PORTA, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari Mútua de Terrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

José RAMÍREZ, Department of Pathology, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Ricard RAMOS, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Noemí REGUART, Medical Oncology Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Nina REIG OUSSEDIK, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari Mútua de Terrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

Mohamed RIDAI, Thoracic Surgery Service, Centre Hospitalier Ibn Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco

Alberto RODRÍGUEZ, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Iñigo ROYO, Thoracic Surgery Department, HU Miguel Servet, Zaragoza, Spain

Jens C. RUECKERT, Universitäts Medizin Berlin Charité, Berlin, Germany

Enrico RUFFINI, Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Torino, Torino, Italy

Valerie RUSCH, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Witold RZYMAN, Medical University of Gdansk, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Gdansk, Poland

David SÁNCHEZ, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Norberto SANTANA, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

José SANZ-SANTOS, Pulmonology Service, Hospital Universitari Mútua de Terrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

Thomas SCHWEIGER, Thoracis Surgery Department, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Ana SEBIO, Oncology Department, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Luis SEIJO, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid Spain

Mireia SERRA, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Universitari MútuaTerrassa, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

Vitalii SOKOLOV, Thoracic Surgery Service, Kyiv Clinical Hospital #17, Kyiv, Ukraine

Joshua SONETT, Thoracic Surgery Service, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Kenji SUZUKI, Department of General Thoracic Surgery, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Zalan SZANTO, Director of ESTS Database

Artur SZLUBOWSKI, Endoscopy Unit, John Paul II Hospital, Krakow and Endoscopy Unit, Pulmonary Hospital Zakopane, Krakow, Zakopane, Poland

Ricardo TERRA, University of São Paulo Medical School - São Paulo Cancer Institute, São Paulo, Brazil

Erik THUNNISSEN, Department of Pathology, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

William D. TRAVIS, Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Juan Carlos TRUJILLO, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Paula UGALDE, Division of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

Anna UREÑA, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

Paul VAN SCHIL, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium

Federico VENUTA, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Rome, Italy

David WALLER, Thoracic Surgery Service, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK

Shun-Ichi WATANABE, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Richard WINS, Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital Clínic de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Pawel WNUK, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Pulmonary Hospital Zakopane, Zakopane, Poland

Douglas E. WOOD, Department of Surgery. University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Mustafa YUKSEL, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Marmara University Medical School, Istambul, Turkey

Marcin ZIELINSKI, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Pulmonary Hospital, Zakopane, Poland

Programme

Tuesday, 19th November 2024

17:00 - 20:00
Secretariat opens

Wednesday, 20th November 2024

06:30
Secretariat opens
07:00 - 07:35
Best posters

Chairpersons:
Masaoki Ito - José Belda
07:40 - 07:55
Opening ceremony
08:00 - 09:25
VIDEOFORUM 1
ADVANCED ROBOTIC THORACIC PROCEDURES

Chairpersons:
Robert Cerfolio - Laureano Molins
08:00 - 08:10
Introductory lecture: Principles & Costs
Marc Boada
08:10 - 08:20
1st Rib Resection
Anna Ureña
08:20 - 08:35
Bronchoangioplastic procedures
Robert Cerfolio
08:35 - 08:45
Robotic lung transplantation
Alberto Jauregui
08:45 - 08:55
3D planning for segmentectomy
Ilies Bouabdallah
08:55 - 09:05
Advantages of the uniportal robotic approach
Diego González-Rivas
09:05 - 09:25
Discussion
09:30 - 10:55
SESSION 1
DEBATE: THE VALUE OF LUNG RESECTION FOR PERSISTENT N2 AFTER INDUCTION THERAPY

Chairpersons:
Sanjay Popat - Elisabeth Martínez
09:30 - 09:45
Resection of persistent stage IIIA-N2 is not a contraindication to surgery for lung cancer
Clemens Aigner
09:45 - 10:00
Mediastinal downstaging after induction treatment is a significant prognostic factor to select patients who would benefit from surgery
Paul Van Schil
10:00 - 10:15
Critical appraisal: the view of the thoracic surgeon
Frank Detterbeck
10:15 - 10:30
Critical appraisal: the view of the oncologist
Sanjay Popat
10:30 - 10:55
Discussion
11:00 - 12:55
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:55
SESSION 2
IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR THORACIC SURGEONS

Chairpersons:
Clemens Aigner - Florentino Hernando
11:30 - 11:40
How does immunotherapy work?
Sanjay Popat
11:40 - 11:50
Immunotherapy in the induction setting
Mariano Provencio
11:50 - 12:00
Immunotherapy in the adjuvant therapy
Sanjay Popat
12:00 - 12:10
Points that the surgeon has to consider when operating a patient after induction immunotherapy
Valerie Rusch
12:10 - 12:20
Complications of immunotherapy in the surgical setting
Noemí Reguart
12:20 - 12:30
Immunotherapy: what changes for the surgeon?
Nasser Altorki
12:30 - 12:40
Pathologic response after neoadjuvant immunotherapy in resectable NSCLC
Daniel Martínez
12:40 - 12:55
Discussion
13:00 - 13:55
Lunch
13:00 - 13:55
Sponsored lunch sessions
Lunch session 1:
Sponsored lunch session
Lunch session 2:
Sponsored lunch session
Lunch session 3:
Sponsored lunch session
14:00 - 14:55
SESSION 3
SARCOMAS OF THE CHEST WALL AND LUNG

Chairpersons:
Clemens Aigner - Ana Sebio
14:00 - 14:08
Prognostic factors in lung metastases of sarcomas
Elisabeth Martínez
14:08 - 14:16
Surgical treatment of chest wall sarcomas
Clemens Aigner
14:16 - 14:24
National survey on the treatment of sarcomas in Spain
José Manuel Asencio
14:24 - 14:32
Uncommon muscle flaps in chest wall reconstruction
Manuel Fernández
14:32 - 14:40
The value of MDT management in the diagnosis and treatment of sarcomas
Ana Sebio
14:40 - 14:55
Discussion
15:00 - 15:35
VIDEOFORUM 2
SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE THYMUS

Chairpersons:
Joshua Sonett - Juan Carlos Trujillo
15:00 - 15:07
Subxiphoid thymectomy
David Sánchez
15:07 - 15:14
Right and left VATS thymectomy
Juan Carlos Trujillo
15:14 - 15:21
Robotic thymectomy
Jens C. Rueckert
15:21 - 15:35
Discussion
15:40 - 15:55
Coffee break
16:00 - 16:55
SESSION 4
WHY WE SHOULD GO BEYOND EBUS IN LUNG CANCER STAGING

Chairpersons:
Martin Hürtgen - Carlos Agustí
16:00 - 16:08
EBUS in cN0-1 NSCLC
José Sanz Santos
16:08 - 16:16
The value of VAMLA in cN0-1 NSCLC
Sergi Call
16:16 - 16:24
EBUS/EUS for restaging validated by TEMLA
Artur Szlubowski
16:24 - 16:32
VAMLA for restaging: preliminary results
Nina Reig Oussedik
16:32 - 16:40
When to perform mediastinoscopy with a negative EBUS
Marc Boada
16:40 - 16:55
Discussion
17:00 - 17:20
SCIENTIFIC EXTRAORDINARY LECTURE

Chairperson:
Laureano Molins
Reactivation of dormant metastases in lung adenocarcinoma
Joan Massagué
17:25 - 18:45
SESSION 5
PLEUROPULMONARY INFLAMATORY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Chairpersons:
Vitaliy Sokolov - Ricard Ramos
17:25 - 17:35
Management of pleural hydatidosis
Souheil Boubia
17:35 - 17:45
Uniportal VATS vs open approach for pulmonary hydatidosis
Firas Abu Akar
17:45 - 17:55
Indications and technical tips for lung resection in multiresistant tuberculosis
Mohamed Ridai
17:55 - 18:05
Surgical indication of lung abscess
Tamás Molnár
18:05 - 18:15
Present indications of lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease
Stephen Cassivi
18:15 - 18:25
Descending necrotizing mediastinitis: key points to reduce mortality
Georgina Planas
18:25 - 18:45
Discussion
19:00
Secretariat closes
19:30 - 20:30
Official reception at City Hall

Thursday, 21st November 2024

06:30
Secretariat opens
 
Parallel breakfast sessions (x 3)
07:00 - 07:55
BREAKFAST SESSION 1
DATABASES IN THORACIC SURGERY
Chairpersons:
Paula Ugalde - Raul Embún
07:00 - 07:15
Understanding the power of data: European experience
Zalan Szanto
07:15 - 07:30
Understanding the power of data: Brazilian experience
Ricardo Terra
07:30 - 07:45
A different perspective from the Registry of the Spanish Society o Thoracic Surgery (reSECT)
Raúl Embún
07:45 - 07:55
Discussion
07:00 - 07:55
BREAKFAST SESSION 2
PECTUS EXCAVATUM
Chairpersons:
Mustafa Yuksel - Nicolás Moreno
07:00 - 07:15
The Nuss procedure
Mustafa Yuksel
07:15 - 07:30
Pectus Up procedure
Jorge Hernández
07:30 - 07:45
3D Custom-made implant procedure
Jean-Pierre Chavoin
07:45 - 07:55
Discussion
07:00 - 07:55
BREAKFAST SESSION 3
OLIGOMETASTATIC NSCLC
Chairpersons:
David Jones - Santiago Viteri
07:00 - 07:15
Definitions and patient selection
Isabelle Opitz
07:15 - 07:30
Evidence for surgical treatment
Paul Van Schil
07:30 - 07:45
Indications and results of ablative therapy
Meritxell Mollà
07:45 - 07:55
Discussion
08:00 - 09:25
VIDEOFORUM 3
INVASIVE STAGING OF THE MEDIASTINUM: TIPS AND TRICKS

Chairpersons:
Frank Detterbeck - Mireia Serra
08:00 - 08:08
EBUS
Carmen Lucena
08:08 - 08:18
Cervical video-mediastinoscopy and extended cervical mediastinoscopy
Carme Obiols
08:18 - 08:26
Video-assisted mediastinoscopic lymphadenectomy (VAMLA)
Martin Hürtgen
08:26 - 08:34
VAMLA after induction therapy
Sergi Call
08:34 - 08:42
TEMLA
Marcin Zielinski
08:42 - 09:00
Closing lecture: In the era of immunotherapy, which is the role of invasive restaging of the mediastinum?
Paul de Leyn
09:00 - 09:25
Discussion
09:30 - 10:55
SESSION 6
DEBATE: STAS OR NOT STAS, the debate continues…

Chairpersons:
Federico Venuta - José Ramírez
09:30 - 09:45
STAS is in the 9th edition TNM
William Travis
09:45 - 10:00
An artefact in the TNM classification? Really?
Erik Thunnissen
10:00 - 10:15
Critical appraisal
Andrew Nicholson
10:15 - 10:25
Radiomics in predicting STAS: could it be useful for planning lung resection?
Marco Anile
10:25 - 10:35
STAS: implications for the surgeon
Paula Ugalde
10:35 - 10:55
Discussion
11:00 - 11:25
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:25
SESSION 7
SUBLOBAR RESECTIONS: WHERE DO WE STAND?

Chairpersons:
Frank Detterbeck - Laureano Molins
11:30 - 11:45
Segmentectomy versus lobectomy in small-sized peripheral NSCLC: Results from JCOG0802/WJOG4607: the imbalance of deaths from other cancers and their impact in survival
Hisao Asamura
11:45 - 12:00
Segmentectomy versus lobectomy in small-sized peripheral NSCLC: results from CALGB 140503
Nasser Altorki
12:00 - 12:15
Critical appraisal
David Jones
12:15 - 12:25
Discussion
12:30 - 12:55
EXTRAORDINARY LECTURE 1

Chairpersons:
Laureano Molins - Ramón Rami-Porta - José Belda
Sagrada Familia Temple: A view from the Chief Architect
Jordi Faulí
13:00 - 13:55
Lunch
13:00 - 13:55
Sponsored lunch sessions
Lunch session 4
Sponsored lunch session
Lunch session 5:
Sponsored lunch session
Lunch session 6:
Sponsored lunch session
14:00 - 15:25
VIDEOFORUM 4
INTRAOPERATIVE NODAL ASSESSMENT

Chairpersons:
Shun-Ichi Watanabe - Ramón Rami-Porta
14:00 - 14:10
Systematic nodal dissection for right- and left-sided tumours
Kenji Suzuki
14:10 - 14:18
Lobe-specific systematic nodal dissection
Kenji Suzuki
14:18 - 14:26
Right and left systematic nodal dissection by VATS
Paula Ugalde
14:26 - 14:34
Systematic lymphadenectomy for thymic tumours
Joshua Sonett
14:34 - 14:42
Lymphadenectomy for pleural mesothelioma
Valerie Rusch
14:42 - 15:00
Robotic systematic nodal dissection in lung cancer
Carlos Martínez Barenys
15:00 - 15:08
Lymphadenectomy in oesophageal cancer
Hiroyuki Daiko
15:08 - 15:25
Discussion
15:30 - 15:55
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
SESSION 8
THE 9TH EDITION TNM OF THORACIC MALIGNANCIES

Chairpersons:
Hisao Asamura - Ramón Rami-Porta
16:00 - 16:10
Lung cancer
Paul Van Schil
16:10 - 16:20
Mesothelioma
Valerie Rusch
16:20 - 16:30
Thymic malignancies
Enrico Ruffini
16:30 - 16:40
Main innovations in the 8th edition TNM for oesophageal cancer and oesophago-gastric junction cancer
Hiroyuki Daiko
16:40 - 16:50
Progress in the pathologic and molecular diagnosis of multifocal adenocarcinoma
William Travis
16:50 - 17:00
Prognostic relevance of histologic features of local invasiveness: grade, V, L, Pn, visceral pleural
Masaoki Ito
17:00 - 17:30
Discussion
17:35 - 18:55
SESSION 9
FUTURE PERSPECTIVES FOR THE 10th EDITION OF THE TNM CLASSIFICATION FOR LUNG CANCER

Chairpersons:
Valerie Rusch - Paula Ugalde
17:35 - 17:45
Key issues in the preparation for the 10th edition and call for participation
Valerie Rusch
17:45 - 17:55
The need to revise the definition of complete resection
John Edwards
17:55 - 18:05
The need to revise the current nodal classification
James Huang
18:05 - 18:15
The role of molecular biology as a complement to the anatomic classification
Raymond Osarogiagbon
18:15 - 18:25
Beyond TNM: the relevance of prognostic groups
Frank Detterbeck
18:25 - 18:40
Pros and cons of the use of artificial intelligence in medicine
Pawel Wnuk
18:40 - 18:55
Discussion
19:00
Secretariat closes

Friday, 22nd November 2024

06:30
Secretariat opens
 
Parallel breakfast sessions (x 3)
07:00 - 07:55
BREAKFAST SESSION 4
TRACHEAL SURGERY

Chairpersons:
Konrad Hoetzenecker - Richard Wins
07:00 - 07:10
Surgery for tracheobronchomalacia
Thomas Schweiger
07:10 - 07:20
Treatment of adenoid cystic carcinoma
Douglas Wood
07:20 - 07:30
Long tracheal resections
Konrad Hoetzenecker
07:30 - 07:40
Benign tracheal stenosis: endoscopic vs surgical approach
Thomas Schweiger
07:40 - 07:55
Discussion
07:00 - 07:55
BREAKFAST SESSION 5
MESOTHELIOMA

Chairpersons:
Isabelle Opitz - Enriqueta Felip
07:00 - 07:10
MARS 2
David Waller
07:10 - 07:20
Cytoreductive surgery + HITHOC
Norberto Santana
07:20 - 07:30
Preoperative identification of benefit from surgery
Isabelle Opitz
07:30 - 07:40
Immunotherapy treatment
Enriqueta Felip
07:40 - 07:55
Discussion
07:00 - 07:55
BREAKFAST SESSION 6
BEST RESECTION FOR PURE GGO

Chairpersons:
Nasser Altorki - Alberto Rodríguez
07:00 - 07:10
Pure GGO: Anatomical segmentectomy
Kohei Hashimoto
07:10 - 07:20
Pure GGO: Wedge resection
Shun-Ichi Watanabe
07:20 - 07:30
Critical appraisal
Stephen Cassivi
07:30 - 07:40
Intraoperative identification of GGOs
Mahmoud Ismail
07:40 - 07:55
Discussion
08:00 - 09:25
VIDEOFORUM 5
BEST SUBMITTED VIDEOS

Chairpersons:
Stephen Cassivi - Silvana Crowley
08:00 - 08:07
Video 1
08:07 - 08:10
Discussion by appointed discussant
Nasser Altorki
08:10 - 08:17
Video 2
08:17 - 08:20
Discussion by appointed discussant
Stephen Cassivi
08:20 - 08:27
Video 3
08:27 - 08:30
Discussion by appointed discussant
Douglas Wood
08:30 - 08:37
Video 4
08:37 - 08:40
Discussion by appointed discussant
David Jones
08:40 - 08:47
Vídeo 5
08:47 - 08:50
Discussion by appointed discussant
Haruhiko Kondo
08:50 - 08:57
Video 6
08:57 - 09:00
Discussion by appointed discussant
Mahmoud Ismail
09:00 - 09:07
Video 7
09:07 - 09:10
Discussion by appointed discussant
09:10 - 09:25
General discussion
09:30 - 10:55
SESSION 10
LUNG CANCER SCREENING

Chairpersons:
Luis Seijo - Laureano Molins
09:30 - 09:45
Updates in lung cancer screening
Harry de Koning
09:45 - 09:55
Risk prediction models for lung cancer
Sonia Baeza
09:55 - 10:05
Radiologic assessment of subsolid lung nodules
Luis Gorospe
10:05 - 10:15
Lung cancer screening in Poland
Witold K. Rzyman
10:15 - 10:25
Spanish Lung Cancer Screening Program- CASSANDRA
Juan Carlos Trujillo
10:25 - 10:35
Critical appraisal
Douglas Wood
10:35 - 10:55
Discussion
11:00 - 11:25
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:55
SESSION 11
RELEVANT ASPECTS OF MINIMAL INVASIVE SURGICAL RESECTION OF THORACIC TUMORS

Chairpersons:
Henrik Jassem Hansen - Carme Obiols
11:30 - 11:40
Thoracotomy vs VATS for lung cancer resection: impact on survival. Results from Spanish Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery Group
David Gómez de Antonio
11:40 - 11:50
Radicality of lymphadenectomy in lung cancer resection: impact on survival
Carme Obiols
11:50 - 12:00
Radicality of lymphadenectomy in lung cancer resection: VATS vs RATS
Ricard Ramos
12:00 - 12:10
Capnothorax and anaesthetic tips in RATS
Ricard Navarro
12:10 - 12:20
Postoperative pain: VATS vs RATS approaches
Herbert Decaluwe
12:20 - 12:30
Suction or no suction in sublobar resections
Juan José Fibla
12:30 - 12:40
Subxyphoid approach for combined mediastinal and pulmonary resections
Firas Abu Akar
12:40 - 12:55
Discussion
13:00 - 13:55
Lunch
13:05 - 13:55
Sponsored lunch sessions
Lunch session 7:
Sponsored lunch session
Lunch session 8:
Sponsored lunch session
Lunch session 9:
Sponsored lunch session
14:00 - 15:25
VIDEOFORUM 6
HOW THE MASTERS DO IT

Chairpersons:
Robert Cerfolio - David Gómez de Antonio
14:00 - 14:10
Upper and middle segmentectomies by VATS
Carlos Gálvez
14:10 - 14:20
Lower segmentectomies by VATS
Sergio Bolufer
14:20 - 14:30
Management of complications by RATS
Robert Cerfolio
14:30 - 14:40
Tracheal resection by RATS & ECMO
Robert Cerfolio
14:40 - 14:50
Robotic segmentectomies
Ilies Bouabdallah
14:50 - 15:00
Pleural decortication for empyema
Souheil Boubia
15:00 - 15:10
First rib resection by VATS
Miguel Congregado
15:10 - 15:20
VATS resection in patients after neoadjuvant immunotherapy
David Jones
15:20 - 15:25
Discussion
15:30 - 15:55
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:20
SESSION 12
LUNG TRASPLANTATION & MISCELLANEOUS

Chairpersons:
Nasser Altorki - Ricard Ramos
16:00 - 16:08
Robotic thoracic surgery programme in an emerging country
Ricardo Terra
16:08 - 16:16
What does clinical management contribute to the daily life of thoracic surgery?
Iñigo Royo
16:16 - 16:24
Update in exhaled breath in detection of lung cancer
Angela Guirao
16:24 - 16:32
Relevance of rationalization of thoracic surgery departments: results in Denmark
Henrik Jessem Hansen
16:32 - 16:40
Extension of cold static donor lung preservation
José Luis Campo-Cañaveral
16:40 - 16:48
Lung trasplantation: the newest therapies of exvivo lung perfusion, are we in the future?
Irene Bello
16:48 - 16:56
Lung transplantation in war times
Vitaliy Sokolov
16:56 - 17:04
How to combine surgical practice with basic research
David Jones
17:04 - 17:20
Discussion
17:25 - 18:30
SESSION 13
DEBATE: ROBOTIC EXTENDED SLEEVE RESECTIONS

Chairpersons:
Herbert Decaluwé - Laureano Molins
17:25 - 17:40
The North American view
Robert Cerfolio
17:40 - 17:55
The Japanese view
Kenji Suzuki
17:55 - 18:10
Critical appraisal
Isabelle Opitz
18:10 - 18:30
Discussion
18:35 - 18:45
Closing remarks

Laureano Molins, Ramón Rami-Porta, Josep Belda Sanchis, Sergi Call, Juan Carlos Trujillo, Juan José Fibla, Marc Boada and Coordinators of Scientific Areas of SEPAR and President of SECT.
19:00
Secretariat closes

Scientific Information

Instructions for speakers and chairpersons

The length of the video presentations, lectures and discussions is changeable and depends on the session.

Breakfast sessions: this type of session consists of two or three short lectures on related topics followed by a 15-25-minute discussion.

Lunch seminars and sponsored lunch sessions: the lunch seminars and sponsored lunch sessions consist of an up-to–date and concise review or other types of presentation regarding different topics in general thoracic surgery.

Video forum: 8-10 minute videos presentation. These videotapes should emphasize the most important steps and technical details of the surgical procedure, and their content must have a high educational value. Whenever possible, videos of related topics are grouped in the same session. Discussion will take place at the end of the session.

Lectures: Lectures will have a maximum duration of 10 minutes. Their contents must be precise and related to the title of the lecture. Whenever possible, lectures are grouped in sessions covering related topics. Speakers are kindly asked to avoid overlapping with other lectures of the same session. Discussion will take place at the end of the session.

Poster presentation: Abstracts of proffered papers will be considered for electronic poster display, only. Selected abstracts will be divided into three categories: a) general thoracic surgery; b) lung cancer staging and mediastinal lymph node dissection; and c) general topics on thoracic oncology. The presenters of the best 6 posters will have the opportunity to summarize their content in two minutes that will be followed by a 3-minute discussion. Prospective presenters are kindly asked to prepare their posters in English. There will not be any physical posters in this Joint Meeting. The presenters will be asked to submit their posters in a single Power Point slide. In the venue of the Joint Meeting, computers will be available to see the posters.

[ Poster and videos instructions ]

Video presentation: A videoforum session will be reserved for proffered videos. Those willing to present a video will have to submit a 250-word abstract in English similar to the abstracts for posters (see instructions above), but with the following structure: a) introduction; b) indication of the technique; c) description of the technique; d) conclusion. To avoid any technical problems, we recommend using the Mpeg format. Videos should not exceed 300MB and 7 minutes of viewing time. From all submitted videos, the Scientific Committee will choose eight for public presentation in a videoforum session, followed by its discussion by and appointed discussant . The other videos, as well as the selected ones, will be available at the computer room especially set for poster and video watching.

[ Poster and videos instructions ]

Speakers: Speakers are kindly requested to prepare their presentations according to the above instructions. The organizers of the Joint Meeting recommend the speakers to strictly limit their presentations to the allotted time. This is fundamental to keep good timing in this busy meeting and allow for enough discussion. There will be no simultaneous translation into Spanish. The speakers are kindly asked to prepare their slide presentations in English.
Chairpersons: Chairpersons are responsible for the timing and fluidity of the sessions. They should introduce the speakers as briefly as possible, and time their presentations according to the allotted time. They should alert the speakers when their time has been consumed. The Chairpersons are expected to enliven discussions and keep their right timing.

Poster and video

Form Online

Instructions

Posters

Abstracts of proffered papers will be considered for electronic poster display, only. Selected abstracts will be divided into three categories: a) general thoracic surgery; b) lung cancer staging and mediastinal lymph node dissection; and c) general topics on thoracic oncology. The presenters of the best 6 posters will have the opportunity to summarize their content in two minutes, that will be followed by a 3-minute discussion. Prospective presenters are kindly asked to prepare their posters in English. There will not be any physical posters in this Joint Meeting. The presenters will be asked to submit their posters in a single Power Point slide. In the venue of the Joint Meeting, computers will be available to see the posters.

Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be uploaded into this website no later than 1st September 2024.

The presenter of the poster MUST be registered in the Joint Meeting. The presenters of the posters will be informed of the decisions regarding the acceptance of the posters by 16th September 2024. The abstract must be informative and must include: a) objectives (with or without introduction), b) methods, c) results, and d) conclusions. Statements such as 'the results will be presented' are unacceptable.

Send the abstract in Word format following these instructions:

  • use font no smaller than 10 points;
  • type title in capital letters;
  • type single space;
  • underline presenter's name;
  • organize the heading of the abstract as follows: title, authors' names, institution, city and country, leaving one line between the heading and the body of the abstract.

Send the abstract using the following link: Abstract of Posters and video Form

Videos

A videoforum session will be reserved for the best 6 proffered videos. These will have to be presented in a maximum of 7 minutes that will be followed by a 3-minute discussion by an appointed discussant.

Those willing to present a video will have to submit a 250-word abstract in English similar to the abstracts for posters (see instructions above), but with the following structure: a) introduction; b) indication of the technique; c) description of the technique; d) conclusion.

Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be uploaded into this website, no later than 1st September 2024.
Abstract of Posters and video Form

At the same time of abstract submission, the video will have to be uploaded to the following website:
[ https://www.wetransfer.com ]

For uploading instructions go to: [ https://www.wetransfer.com/howitworks?trk=panel ]

To avoid any technical problems, we recommend using the Mpeg format. Videos should not exceed 300MB and 7 minutes of viewing time. From all submitted videos, the Scientific Committee will choose six for public presentation in a videoforum session followed by discussion by an appointed discussant. The other videos, as well as the selected ones, will be available at the computer room especially set for poster and video watching.

The presenter of the video MUST be registered in the Joint Meeting. The presenters of the videos will be informed of the decisions regarding the acceptance of the videos by 16th September 2024.

Registration

Form Online

Registration fees

  Till 30th September 2024 From 1st October to 31st October 2024 From 1st November 2024 and on-site registrations
Residents in thoracic surgery 400.00 € 450.00 € 500.00 €
Certified thoracic surgeons and other specialties 600.00 € 650.00 € 700.00 €
One day
Registration IJMTS
250.00 € 250.00 € 250.00 €
Two days
Registration IJMTS
500.00 € 500.00 € 500.00 €
AIACT Congress
ONLY*
0.00 € 0.00 € 0.00 €

* AIACT congress ONLY: This fee will apply exclusively to those participants attending the AIACT Congress on 22nd November 2024, but not the Joint Meeting.

Registration fee

Application for CME credits is in progress

Registration fee includes

  • Admission to all sessions, poster and video presentation
  • Access to all content available on demand after the Congress for two months
  • Admission to exhibition area
  • Welcome drink
  • Meeting documentation and programme
  • Coffee breaks and lunches
  • Certificate of attendance

Registration documentation will be handed-out to the participants from the Meeting Secretariat. Registration forms will be processed only when received before 31st October, 2024. After this date registration forms will be processed as on-site registrations.

On-line registration

On-line registration is possible through the web site Online payment is only possible by credit card. This service will let you register and pay through the Internet with an officially secured system SSL and receive your confirmation letter on-line.

Registration info

Registration form is also available on this web site ready to be printed. Please send it by fax or post together with the corresponding payment to the Secretariat before 1st November, 2024. Late registration will be possible on-site. Registration forms received without the complete contact address or without payment will not be accepted. The fees should be paid in Euros by credit card or bank transfer or by bank cheque in Euros payable through a Spanish bank and made out to ACTO-SERVEIS THORACIC SURGERY. A confirmation letter will be sent by email. Participants must bring this letter to the registration desk as proof of their registration.

Cancellation policy

Any cancellation must be notified in writing and will be subjected to the following conditions: refund of fees, less a 25% administrative charge, will be applied to cancellations received up to 31st October, 2024. As of 1st November, 2024, no refund can be made.

Payment of Registration Fees

Registrations can only be validated and confirmed when accompanied by payment. Early rates only apply when registration and payment are received before 30th September. When registrations and payments are received after 30th September 2024, then the corresponding late fees will automatically apply. Payment in EURO (€) should be made in advance by one of the following means:

Registration fees may be paid by credit card (ON-LINE REGISTRATION)

Accommodation

Information about accommodation will come soon.

Lower Cost Accommodation

Younger visitors and those looking for alternative forms of accommodation will find youth hostels, halls of residence, some of them open all year round. In short, accommodation for all tastes and at prices to suit every pocket.

Below you will find a list of the students' hall of residence. For more information about the city's hotels please check the website [ www.barcelonaturisme.com ] (where to sleep).

Contact them directly to consult prices for short stays and make the reservation.

Sponsoring Guidelines

To request information on available sponsorship options, please contact with the Organizing Secretariat

thoracic.surgery@actoserveis.com
t +34 937 552 382

Endorsements

ESTSSCCTSECTSEPAR

Sponsors

To request information on available sponsorship options, please contact with the Organizing Secretariat

thoracic.surgery@actoserveis.com
t +34 937 552 382

General Information

Venue

FOMENT DEL TREBALL NACIONAL
Vía Layetana 32-34
08003 Barcelona

[ www.foment.com ]

Organizing Secretariat

Acto Serveis

TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme | Edifici TCM2 | P2.O3
Av. Ernest Lluch, 32 | 08302 Mataró (Barcelona)
t +34 937 552 382

[ thoracic.surgery@actoserveis.com ]
[ www.thoracicsurgery2024.org ]
[ www.actoserveis.com ]

How to get from Barcelona airport to the Meeting venue

Barcelona International Airport (airport code BCN) is located 12 km southwest of the city.

By taxi: TAXIS are available at an approximate cost of 50 € including the required supplements for leaving the airport and carrying luggage. They are yellow and black, and, when free, show a clearly visible green light on the roof of the vehicle.

By bus: AEROBUS: This special service is clearly signposted at the stops outside the terminal and it takes you to different parts of the city, the Plaza Catalunya stop is the closest to the Meeting Venue, 10 minutes walk approximately.
The AEROBÚS service operates 365 days a year, always with the same schedule (including Sundays and Holidays). Departures from airport, from 05:35 to 01:00; departures from Plaza de Catalunya, from 05:00 to 00:15. Buses run every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the time of day.
For further information regarding timetables and fares, we recommend you visit the website: www.aerobusbcn.com.
Price: 5.90 € (Rates 2018)

By train: The station is located to the West of the terminal. Trains go to "Sants" Station and run approximately every 30 minutes to and from Barcelona airport to the city centre.
Length of journey: 17 minutes to Barcelona Sants station. Fare: 3.50 €.
Further information: www.renfe.es. From here you can take:

Metro: Take the green line metro (line 3) from “Sants Estació” to "Plaça Catalunya" Station (two stops). The rate for a single ticket is 2.20 €. Further information: www.tmb.net.

Bus: Take bus number 43 and 17 which have stops in "Via Laietana". Buses run every 10-15 minutes. The rate for a single ticket is 2.20 €. Further information: www.tmb.net.

Coffee service

Coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be available at all times at the Exhibition Hall.

Official language

English will be the official language of the Joint Meeting. There will be no simultaneous translation into Spanish.

City Information

Barcelona overlooks the Mediterranean and is located in a heavily populated area which is a hub of economic activity.

Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. It is a coastal city and has over four kilometres of urban beaches and large areas of nearby forest. Although it is a large city, it is easy to get around on public transport and on foot. You can reach any point in the city by metro, bus and taxi.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. Its inhabitants are open and welcoming. The people of Barcelona speak Catalan, their own language, and Spanish. Many of them also understand a little English and French.

Visa
Spain is part of the Schengen zone. This means that nationals from EU countries do not need a visa.

Lenguage
Most of Barcelona’s inhabitants are bilingual and speak Catalan, their own language, and Spanish.

Electricity
The voltage in Spain is 220 volts, 50 Hz.. The plug types are C and F.

Climate
The city has a typically Mediterranean climate and enjoys pleasant temperatures all the year round.

Currency
The euro (€) is the official currency of the European Union and can be exchanged at savings banks and banks.

Banks
Business hours differ between banks. Most banks are open from Monday to Friday from 08:15 to 14:15

Customs
In Barcelona mealtimes are usually a little later than the rest of Europe. The city’s shops have long opening hours.

Shopping in Barcelona
Monday to Saturday, from 09:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 20:00.
Most of the department stores do not close at mid-day.



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