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Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos

The ECU Convention has always been special for me – showcasing, as it does, the best and the most challenging ideas from the European chapter of the chiropractic profession. Without fail, I have come away from these events enriched by hearing about developments in research, clinical practice and the wider world of healthcare. Not all of this has been comfortable, but I can honestly say that the convention has helped me become a better practitioner, more aware of how much patient value we can create in collaboration with each other and with fellow healthcare professionals.

It is a particular delight to return to the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Netherlands Chiropractic Association, in a stunning 21st-century venue in the charming town of Utrecht. I have learnt that until the late seventeenth century Utrecht was more important than nearby Amsterdam and I understand why. Like Amsterdam it has canals, it has cosy outdoor living and it has bicycles, thousands of them. It is also well on the way to being a green environment with a thriving Science Park and medical institutes.

Next May, as you’ll see from the academic programme, delegates will be able to enlarge their knowledge of the EPIC principles explored at the Berlin Congress 2019, hear developments in sister professions; and probe the secrets of motivating patients, dysautonomia and much more. We can guarantee penetrating insights from participants whose names are legendary and illumination from some of the leading practitioners in neurology and paediatrics. The floor will be yours to engage with speakers, workshops leaders and your colleagues. Don’t miss it! I am looking forward to every minute.

Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos, ECU President

Gitte Tonner

Dear colleagues, geachte collegae,

Welcome to Utrecht – Welkom in Utrecht!

See, Dutch is not so difficult when you look for commonalities, right? Hopefully, we’ll find a lot of common ground over the days of the ECU Convention in Utrecht.

The Netherlands is a loud and proud big little country, with an entrepreneurial tradition for shaping the world and the land we live on to our advantage – just think of Shell, Phillips, the VOC and the 17th century canals! In the same tradition, there is a spirit and will power to lead when it comes to musculoskeletal research and innovation.

The largest European meeting of evidence-based chiropractors, the theme of the 2020 ECU convention is A Perfect Vision for Chiropractic. We have put together an academic programme bursting with Dutch talent, whether it be native or imported – here’s your chance to see a lot of your heroes IRL, the names of whom are on every relevant article. A fair number of presenters come from outside the chiropractic profession. This is in line with the perfect vision we have for chiropractic – that we naturally collaborate and share knowledge and insights with numerous other clinicians and researchers, as part of a global movement to improve the health of our patients.

Outside of the convention, we have done away with the formal gala dinner and decided to simply throw you a phenomenal Dutch party with all kinds of fun and surprises! This includes a canal tour, live music and a scrumptious sampling of the Dutch cuisine, right in the heart of the old city.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Utrecht!

Gitte Tønner

On behalf of the Netherlands’ Chiropractors’ Association and the local organising team