COVID19 has been swept across the word. It changes many things including the date and the form of WCBIP 2020. As the epidemic of COVID19 in many countries is still severe and its future is uncertain in every corner of the word, we have to change the on-site congress to a virtual one and postpone the date to Nov.19-22. It is a hard decision after we had a serious discussion with the executive board. We would appreciate all the colleagues’ comprehension to the tough choice. The life needs to be continued, the mission of WABIP needs to be handed down even with the epidemic of COVID19.
As the largest international organization in the area of bronchology and interventional pulmonology, the WABIP has over 8,600 members globally. Our organization has developed very quickly in the past decade, benefiting from the innovations and progresses of respiratory endoscopy and interventional pulmonology.
The theme of WCBIP 2020 is “New Land, New Scope”. “New Land” implies that bronchology and interventional pulmonology is a new subfield of modern respiratory medicine. Latest technologic innovations in Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology is one of the promising frontiers of Modern Respirology. “New Land” also means that advancing countries like China and up and coming countries are involving themselves deeper in the academic pursuits of bronchology and interventional pulmonology. As one of the most rapidly developing countries, China will establish an excellent partnership with WABIP and bring in many more nationals to the WABIP. “New Scope” means that new respiratory endoscopic techniques are being developed that will be highlighted at WCBIP 2020. It also implies that developing countries, such as China, India and others, have entered the scope of the WABIP and will be one of the focus of the society for years to come.
The WCBIP 2020 will reveal a New Landscape of Bronchololgy and Interventional Pulmonology. It will bring the WABIP to an era of a more colorful and bright future with the involvement of developing countries and the innovation of new respiratory endoscopic techniques.
Our program will include an opening ceremony, scientific seminars, satellite symposia, oral and poster presentations, video festivals and other academic activities. As the influence of COVID 19, we will Do not miss out on our brilliant academic feast.
Welcome to the 21st WCBIP. We are looking forward to meeting you on the virtual congress.
Guangfa Wang, MD, PhD
President of 21st WCBIP
Professor and Chairman
Dept of Respiratory and Critical Care Med,
Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China