Organizer: Association for Cardiovascular Imaging and International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound/ISCU/
XXVIII World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques

Date

29 September - 1 October 2023

Hour

09:00 h.

Location

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
Hybrid Event

Invitation

Assoc. Prof. Krasimira Hristova, dm

Chairman of the National Organizing Committee of the Congress

Chairman of the Cardiovascular Imaging Association

Navin C. Nanda, MD, DSc(Hon), DSc(Med)(Hon), FACC, FAHA, FASE, FISCU(D)

International President, XXVIII World Congress of Echocardiography and Cardiac imaging

President, International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound (ISCU)

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Location

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia

89B, Vitosha Blvd., 1463 Sofia, Bulgaria

Registration

Type Members*Non-members Students, nurses, sonographers
Early registration fee /till 30.06.23/ 300 euro 420 euro 100 euro
Late registration fee /after 30.06.23/ 360 euro480 euro 120 euro
Virtual registration fee 240 euro 360 euro 60 euro

* Members of ISCU and Association for Cardiovascular Imaging.

Taxes include VAT.

All fees include:

  • participation in the scientific program
  • online certificate
  • access to recordings of all presentations up to 6 months after the event

On-site fees include:

  • access to the exhibition
  • delegate kit
  • final science program
  • coffee breaks
  • lunches on 15 and 16 September
  • Welcome cocktail on 15 September

On-site fees for students, nurses, sonographers include: 

  • access to the exhibition
  • final science program
  • coffee breaks

Students confirm their status by sending a student card certified for the academic year 2023 – 2024.

You can register using the “Register Here” button below.  Please select the English language first before proceeding to create a profile and/or register.

The participation fee is paid in advance in one of the following ways:

  • by credit/debit card through the online registration system
  • by bank transfer against an issued proforma invoice

Currency exchange charges and bank collection fees are the responsibility of the sender.

Before 15 August 2023 – 100% refund (excl. 30 euro for bank fee)
No refunds will be provided as of 15 August 2023 or for no shows

Changes in the type of participation fee are possible until 15 August 2023. Changes after this date are not accepted.

 

Schedule

EEST/ (GMT+3)

29/09/2023, Friday

30/09/2023, Saturday

01/10/2023, Sunday

  • 08:00-10:00 Registration /Conference Lobby of Millennium hotel, fl. 2/
  • 10:00-12:00Session 1 /Millennium Hall/
  • 10:00-12:00Session 2 /Einstein Hall/
  • 10:00-12:00Session 3 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch symposium /Millennium Hall/
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch symposium /Einstein Hall/
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch symposium /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 13:30-15:30 Session 4 /Millennium Hall/
  • 13:30-15:30 Session 5 /Einstein Hall/
  • 13:30-15:30 Session 6 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee Break and visit to the exhibition
  • 16:00-18:00Session 7 /Millennium Hall/
  • 16:00-18:00Session 8 /Einstein Hall/
  • 16:00-18:00Session 9 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 18:00-18:30Opening Ceremony
  • 18:30-19:15Platinum sponsor symposium
  • 19:15-20:30Welcome reception
  • 08:00-10:00Session 10 /Millennium Hall/
  • 08:00-10:00Session 11 /Einstein Hall/
  • 08:00-10:00Session 12 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee Break and visit to the exhibition
  • 10:30-12:30Session 13 /Millennium Hall/
  • 10:30-12:30Session 14 /Einstein Hall/
  • 10:30-12:30Session 15 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 12:30-13:30Lunch symposium /Millennium Hall/
  • 12:30-13:30Lunch symposium /Einstein Hall/
  • 12:30-13:30Lunch symposium /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 13:30-15:30Session 16 /Millennium Hall/
  • 13:30-15:30Session 17 /Einstein Hall/
  • 13:30-15:30Session 18 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 15:30-16:00Coffee Break and visit to the exhibition
  • 16:00-18:00Session 19 /Millennium Hall/
  • 16:00-18:00Session 20 /Einstein Hall/
  • 16:00-18:00Session 21 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 18:00-18:30Satellite symposium /Millennium Hall/
  • 18:00-18:30Satellite symposium /Einstein Hall/
  • 18:00-18:30Satellite symposium /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 08:00-10:00Session 22 /Millennium Hall/
  • 08:00-10:00Session 23 /Einstein Hall/
  • 08:00-10:00Session 24 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 10:00-10:30Coffee Break and visit to the exhibition
  • 10:30-12:30Session 25 /Millennium Hall/
  • 10:30-12:30Session 26 /Einstein Hall/
  • 10:30-12:30Session 27 /Da Vinci Hall/
  • 12:30 Closing ceremony

Organizing Committee

Prof. Navin Nanda

Assoc. Prof. Krasimira Hristova

Call for Abstracts

Researchers, scientists and clinicians are invited to submit abstracts for inclusion in the scientific program of the XXVIII World Congress on Echocardiography and Allied Techniques.
In order to ensure a consistent layout for publishing of your abstract, we have provided below instructions of a properly formatted abstract.  All accepted abstracts accompanied only with a proper registration will be published in the XXVIII World Congress on Echocardiography and Allied Techniques book of abstracts.

IMPORTANT DATES
Abstract submission extended                                                   30 June 2023
Deadline for authors to register for the congress                   17 August 2023

ABSTRACT CATEGORIES
Abstracts will be classified under specific categories for review and program purposes. Presenters are requested to select the topic under which their abstracts belong:

Valvular heart disease Congenital heart disease Coronary artCoronary disease
Left ventricular functions Myocardial diseases Stress echocardiography
Contrast echocardiography Quantitative tissue Doppler imaging Myocardial mechanics
Transesophageal echocardiography Interventional echocardiography Vascular ultrasound
3-D echocardiography Pericardial disorders Echo and critical care
Advances in echo Echo & cardiac surgery Heart failure
Diastology Cardiac resynchronization therapy Coronary interventions
Peripheral interventions Cardio- Diabetes Cardiac arrhythmias
Cardiac pacing Atherosclerosis Acute coronary syndrome
Pulmonary arterial hypertension Cardiac therapeutics Others

GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Language
All abstracts must be submitted in English and send to the following e-mail address: echocongress2023@gmail.com
NOTE: The meeting organizers will not accept responsibility for any abstracts that have not been properly submitted according to the instructions.

Correspondence
Corresponding authors must provide the organizers with their full mailing address, fax number and email address.
Author and co-author information must be provided including the first and last names of all authors, their department, institution/hospital, city, state if applicable and country.
Abstracts must contain original scientific data collected by the author(s). All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to determine whether a submission is accepted as a free paper or a poster and its decision is final. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to edit abstracts for grammar and clarity.
The abstract may be scheduled for presentation on any day from 15 September to 17 September 2023.

ABSTRACT FORMAT
Structure
The title must be brief, concise, and in CAPITAL LETTERS.
Abstract title limit: 20 words.
Authors: Please enter your name and your colleagues’ names as you wish them to appear in the Final Program.
The abstract text should have a maximum of 250 words.
The Scientific Committee reserves the rights to redact any submission.
A maximum of 2 tables can be submitted and each table should only have a maximum of 5 columns and 10 rows. All figures/ tables/ graphs included in the abstract must be submitted in JPG/ BMP/GIF format with a maximum width of 9cm, and resolution up to 150 dpi. Only TWO figures/ tables/ graphs are allowed for each abstract.
A maximum of 2 figures can be submitted and should be in jpg/ bmp / gif formats with a maximum of 350 pixels and 200 KB
Please note that these figures/ tables/ graphs may be resized to fit the final printed material.
Do not include references in the abstract.
Do not include keywords in the abstract.
Abbreviations should be spelled out, in parenthesis, in its first use in the abstract.

ORAL PRESENTATION
A Presenting Author whose abstract has been accepted for either oral or poster presentation is required to register and pay the conference registration fee by 1 August 2023, attend the meeting, and deliver a presentation of the abstract.

MODERATE POSTER SESSION
The ideal platform to meet presenters, colleagues & peers in front of their research and discuss their findings. Presenters will discuss the content of their poster in front of chairperson and an appreciative audience during the coffee break. The duration of the presentation must be as follows: 3 minutes presentation and 2 minutes discussion. All the participants who will take part in the Moderate poster session have to be in front of their posters, located in Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia, at least 5 minutes before the start of the session.

POSTER FORMAT

Poster presentations will be presented in the form of electronic posters. The e-posters will be available for viewing by the participants on special monitors in the congress lobby of Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia, as well as on the congress platform: https://cmebg.com/en/sabitia/xxviii-world-congress-of-echocardiography-and-allied-techniques//.

To do this, you need to submit your poster by following these requirements:

– vertical orientation

– 1080 x 1920 resolution, 72 dpi, RGB color.

* If you have any problem submitting your abstract, please contact Assoc. Prof. Krasimira Hristova: khristovabg@yahoo.com

AWARDS
To be defined.

CERTIFICATES
After the end of Congress certificates of attendance will be send online to all participants.

 

Certificate

All participants will receive online certificate after the end of the Congress.

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia

89B, Vitosha Blvd., 1463 Sofia, Bulgaria

Astoria Grand Hotel

8 „Gen. Totleben" , 1606 Sofia, Bulgaria

Hotel Downtown

27 Vassil Levski Blvd., 1040 Sofia, Bulgaria

Hemus Hotel

25 Cherni Vrah blvd. 1421 Sofia, Bulgaria

Social Events

Gala dinner

Useful Information

GETTING THERE

Getting to Sofia

By plane

Sofia airport is located 10 km from the center of Sofia city. It has two terminals. Terminal 1 serves mainly low-cost and charter airlines. Terminal 2 is significantly bigger and currently serves many companies and Ryanair flights as well. There is a white free shuttle bus running every 30 minutes between the two terminals. There are a few kilometers between the two terminals and they are not in a walking distance. Public bus line 84 travels to both terminals. Allow 30 to 40 minutes to reach the city center depending on traffic.

Getting to the hotel

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia is located 11,5 kilometers away from Sofia International Airport. The hotel can be easily reached using the Sofia Metro. Sofia Airport station is located next to Terminal 2. Make a switch at “Serdika station” to Line 2 for one more stop to National Palace of Culture (NDK) station. Make sure you check carefully the terminal that you are arriving at or departing from.

The metro operates with separate tickets that are not valid for other modes of public transportation. Tickets are only sold at the metro stations at ticket machines or at manned ticket booths (again cash-only). The cost of this transportation is 1.60 Lev. The tickets are only valid up to 30 min after purchase.

A taxi from the Sofia airport can be ordered as well. There is only one company that is allowed to service the airport (OK Supertrans). We recommend that you do not use taxi services offered outside the office of the taxi operator or in front of the terminal to avoid overcharge.

ORGANIZED TRANSFERS

Participants can order individual transfers from Sofia airport (bus/railway station) to their hotel or v.v. to CME Ltd. The price per person for one direction is 30 Euro. On arrival at Sofia airport, a member of the organising team with a sign with conference name will welcome participants. The organising team will take care of all transfer arrangements from the airport (bus/railway station) to the hotel. On arrival and during the first day of the event, delegates will be asked to confirm their departure times. Transportation will be organised from the hotel to the airport (bus/railway station) for those guests who have booked and paid the transfer individually.

Transfer(s) can be booked through the online registration form.

HOW CAN I TRAVEL WHILE STAYING HEALTHY?

Re-open EU platform (or the App) provides information on the various national restrictions in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers and mobile contact tracing and warning apps across Europe. The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This should help you plan your travel in Europe, while staying safe and healthy.

PASSPORTS & VISAS

Bulgaria has the European Union’s Common Visa Policy as a member country accepting European citizens freely. All non-EU citizens are required to have a passport to enter the EU with the appropriate visas. Conference attendees are personally responsible for making their own visa arrangements. You can find out more about visas at https://www.mfa.bg/en/services-travel/consular-services/travel-bulgaria/visa-bulgaria.

However, if you need an invitation letter, please send a mail to daniela@cmebg.com.

MONETARY SYSTEM

The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev. Bank notes of the following denominations are in circulation: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Levs. 1 Euro = 1,95583 BGN.

There are foreign exchange offices and ATMs everywhere in the city. It’s always prudent to carry a little cash, however, in case you can’t find an ATM or bank office nearby. You can always change cash at the hotel, though the commission will be higher.

Make sure you have enough of the national currency when you plan to visit local markets and shops.

TIPPING  

When a gratuity is not included in your bill, which is usually the case, 10% is customary. If service is outstanding, you could go as high as 15%. With taxi drivers, you usually just round up the sum if you have been happy with the ride or for the sake of convenience.

CLIMATE

The climate in Bulgaria is moderate continental with beautiful blooming spring, dry and hot summer, long and pleasant autumn, and mild winter with lots of opportunity for skiing.

The weather at the middle of September is warm and sunny with daily temperature of around 22 ºC, which is very pleasant both for work and leisure.

You may check current weather in Sofia HERE.

TIME 

Summer time: GMT + 3 hrs. (April through October)

ELECTRICITY  

220 Volts, 50 Hz

Bulgaria uses CEE 7/4 (German “Schuko”) power plugs and sockets.

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