Dear Conference Delegates, Exhibitors and Sponsors

It is our pleasure and honour to welcome you all to the Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference combined with the Annual Meeting of the Swedish Orthopaedic Association (SOF) on 31 August – 3 September in Gothenburg.

The idea of combining the annual meetings of SICOT/SIROT and SOF came up a few years ago when it was decided that the Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference should be held in Gothenburg. We hope that this combined effort will provide all conference participants with an interesting exposure to a wide range of topics in orthopaedics. The programme committee, with both international and national representation, has worked hard to create a scientific programme which we think is of high quality and with something of interest for everyone. We would like to thank all members of the Local Organising Committee at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg for their hard work. The enthusiasm and dedication by everyone on this committee has been instrumental in the planning of all aspects of the conference. We would also like to thank Professor Cody Bünger, President of SICOT, Professor Jochen Eulert, Secretary General of SICOT, Professor Maurice Hinsenkamp, President Elect of SICOT, the staff members of the SICOT office and the staff members of the SOF office for good collaboration. Also, we would like to extend our appreciation to the conference exhibitors and sponsors for their valuable contributions to make the conference a high-quality scientific and educational event. The programme comprises more than 400 free papers, more than 500 posters, 26 symposia, 5 Plenary Lectures and a SICOT Presidential Lecture. Moreover, there is a comprehensive programme in Swedish for orthopaedic nurses, auxiliary nurses, orthopaedic theatre nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and secretaries. The social programme comprises various events which we hope will be enjoyable. We wish you all a warm welcome to Gothenburg and hope that you will enjoy what the conference has to offer.

Kind regards,

Björn Rydevik, Conference President; Olle Svensson, SOF President; Peter Nyberg, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee; Helena Brisby, Scientific Programme Coordinator; Jon Karlsson, Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska Academy; Magnus Karlsson, Head, Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital