The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has announced that its 70th annual scientific session, will be held as an all virtual meeting. The meeting had been due to be held as a hybrid event, across 15–17 May, with in-person sessions taking place in Atlanta, USA, as well as a digital offering for attendees unable to travel.
However, in a statement this week, ACC announced that it has now taken the decision to move the meeting to an all-virtual format due to the continued presence of COVID-19 and an increase in travel restrictions imposed by healthcare institutions.
It’s statement read: “As planning for the hybrid ACC.21 kicked into high gear last year, the College was hopeful that delaying the meeting until the Spring would allow an opportunity for ACC and its membership to safely reconnect in Atlanta, GA, for the 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo. Unfortunately, with the continued presence of COVID-19 and a sudden, sharp increase in ongoing travel restrictions imposed by healthcare institutions, academic medical centres and exhibitor companies, the decision has had to be made to transition the meeting from a hybrid model to entirely virtual.
“While we are saddened that we will need to wait another year before seeing everyone in person, the virtual component of ACC.21 will continue as planned, building on the success of last year’s meeting with an enhanced world-class programme delivered through our innovative digital platform built for learning, collaboration and networking. Included will be a robust virtual Expo offering both exhibits and education in our Learning Destinations and, last but not least, more opportunities to engage and interact with attendees from around the world.”
As a result of the move, 2021 will be the second consecutive year that the ACC has hosted its annual scientific session as an online meeting, following ACC.20/WCC which was held jointly with the World Congress of Cardiology in March 2020.