WELCOME SPEECHASEAN Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Federation
Barrie Tan Yau Boon, MD
Dear colleagues and friends,
It is my great pleasure to announce the upcoming 19th ASEAN ORL-HNS Congress scheduled from 21-23 October 2021. It will be hosted by Indonesia in beautiful Medan. For the first time ever, the congress will run in a hybrid format with both online and on-site participation. The online access of the conference will allow for the congress to reach audiences worldwide, in a manner not seen before. Truly, even in this global pandemic of COVID-19 infections, with the closing of physical borders, technology has opened up new vistas for online collaborations and the opening of digital borders. Conferences worldwide are now coming straight into homes and with a matter of convenience that is unparalleled.
The conference will also be run physically in conjunction with the 11th Indonesian ORL-HNS Scientific Meeting, with many of our Indonesian colleagues meeting together in Medan. I salute the organizing committee for planning and making this conference possible. They are making extensive preparations in putting together a robust scientific program. I hope that you will join us for our biennial congress, where the spirit of friendship and collegiality has remained strong for decades. I look forward to meeting each of you either physically or digitally during the congress! Finally, as all our countries continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, may you keep safe and healthy as you serve your communities.
President of Asean Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Federation