Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I write this message as we struggle through a major snowstorm that has affected much of Northern Europe and hopefully will represent the “last gasp” of winter.
We are now well advanced in preparations for the ESRS Congress in Basel next September. Symposia are close to finalisation and the programme will provide an extensive and high-level coverage of all major topics in sleep medicine and science. In planning for the conference, we recognise that while Switzerland may be an expensive country, there is also good value to be found without major effort. The rising value of the euro has also benefited cost comparisons between Switzerland and the eurozone.
Under the leadership of the Society Web Coordinator, Bogdan Voinescu, we are making progress in redeveloping the ESRS website, and are close to appointing a commercial web developer to implement this project. The object remains to provide a platform that expands and simplifies all aspects of Society activities.
Planning is underway for the next Sleep and Breathing conference to be held in Marseilles during April 2019. A physical meeting will be held in Brussels later this month to plan the programme content. The Board has also agreed to continue the ESRS Sleep Science School as a bi-annual event and the next school is planned again for Frejus in early October 2019.
Best wishes to all members

Walter McNicholas
ESRS President
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