This issue of ESGEVISION comes out at a time we are still living through the coronavirus pandemic. We have lived and worked under exceptional circumstances for more than a year now. Vaccination programmes are making a significant impact on the suffering, but some parts of the world are still experiencing the burden of the disease. Meanwhile, educational and training activities have taken a different shape and an increased number of virtual programmes have demonstrated our resilience.
ESGEVISION is again full of news and interesting information related to our field. Firstly, we are preparing for our next ESGE Congress which is due to take place in Rome on 3-5 October 2021. The Congress is planned as a "hybrid" meeting so that both "virtual" and "on site" attendance will be possible. As usual, a very rich programme has been put together and you can find further details of the programme by using the link in the article prepared by the Congress Team.
You will also find two interviews in this issue. The first one is an interview with one of the pioneers of gynaecological endoscopic and microsurgery. Professor Victor Gomel. Victor Gomel talked to ESGEVISION about the years when foundations of our field were being laid down. The second interview is with Professor Frank Willem Jansen who was one of the keynote lecturers at the ESGE Live 2020 event. He gave an interesting lecture on "sustainability of minimally invasive surgery operating theatre". The interview covers important aspects of his lecture and touches upon a subject many of us have never thought about.
Global Community of Hysteroscopy (GCH) is a rapidly expanding entity which has followers from all parts of the world. The expansion is probably the result of a combination of factors including increased availability of the range of equipment which allow outpatient hysteroscopic therapies without general anaesthesia and replacement of major abdominal procedures with less invasive hysteroscopic alternatives. The leaders of the GCH have written an article in this issue highlighting the changes we are seeing in this part of gynaecological endoscopic surgery.
The new president of ESGE, Professor Giovanni Scambia, has written his first article for ESGEVISION. In his article he highlights the significance of training in gynaecological endoscopic surgery.
I thank all contributors and hope that you enjoy reading ESGEVISION. I look forward to seeing many of you in Rome, in person!
Ertan Sarıdoğan, Editor, ESGE-VISION