Dear friends and participants,
On behalf of the Euro-ELSO Steering Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 5th Euro-ELSO Annual Conference which this year will be held in the beautiful city of Glasgow, where traditions and modernity meet.

ECMO and related issues are becoming more and more relevant in our clinical activity, but bounderies are increasingly challenged and somehow pushed forward by the experience and research in this setting.

It is our hope and objective to provide once again a wide spectrum of opportunities to you with pre-clinical and clinical data presentations, meet-the-expert or keynote sessions, pros and cons debates and, a Euro-ELSO feature since its begin, hands-on and simulation sessions. Needless to say, you will also have the chance to meet other colleagues and share experiences, or talk to industry representatives about well established or the latest technology, so important for our daily work.

This meeting will be realised, once again, with the invaluable help of the “ELSO family”, represented by the ELSO and related Chapters people, with their precious experience and long-lasting history of education now approaching almost 30 years in the field.

New actions and initiatives will be presented by ELSO and Euro-ELSO during the meeting, and therefore we are confident that your stay in Glasgow, which will be certainly gladdened by the superb social programme carefully arranged by the local organisers, will be scientifically outstanding and unforgettable, but above all, relevant to your ECMO-related daily practice.

Roberto Lorusso