Global Spine Congress (GSC 2020) in Rio de Janeiro cancelled due to concerns over the safety and health of our spine community
After careful evaluation backed by the latest scientific reports, the AO Spine International Board cancelled this year's GSC in Rio de Janeiro.
16 March 2020
Each year we look forward to hosting our spine community, sponsors, and employees from around the world at the Global Spine Congress (GSC) to talk about the latest advancements in spine care, exchange knowledge and ideas, and network with fellow colleagues.
The AO has been carefully monitoring the global situation relating to COVID-19, and the potential impact has changed significantly over the past few days, making it difficult to assess and mitigate any potential risks.
For AO Spine, the well-being of our Spine community is first and foremost, and any decisions regarding the GSC are focused on prioritizing the health and safety of our members, partners, exhibitors, and staff.
This decision was not taken lightly. The situation was evaluated from a variety of standpoints: the safety and health of all participants, travel disruption, and the ability to forecast COVID-19's potential impact globally for the coming months. We considered the impact of these factors on the ability of key speakers to participate and on the overall quality of the scientific program.
We have created a FAQ document with important information that addresses the concerns and questions for our community that have registered for GSC 2020.
While we are disappointed that we will be unable to host you at the GSC in Rio this year, we are excited to welcome you to GSC 2021; stay tuned!