Dear colleagues and friends, dear shockwave Family!
It is my particular pleasure and honor as the Conference Secretary to welcome you in Vienna for the 23rd International Conference on shockwave therapy. It is already the second time that this unique society and its members come together in the center of Europe, in beautiful Vienna. Beyond, we feel proud that one of the founders of our society – Wolfgang Schaden – will host this conference.
Vienna is known for its cosmopolitanism and peaceful living together of a multicultural community (190 nations) in an environment of the highest quality of life. In my opinion, these qualities are perfectly reflected also by our society making it more a family than an association. Vienna is named for the most livable city in the world already for the 10th time. Vienna is world-famous for its exceptional music and cultural diversity performed at historic places from the Musikverein to the renowned Kunsthistorisches Museum. At a walk through relaxing green spaces, parks and gardens you will pass by places of the magnificent imperial heritage like Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, and Belvedere Palace, which is in the direct vicinity of our meeting venue, Hotel Savoyen.
At this inspiring place, we will experience a new program format, which we believe is in equal measure, innovative and exciting. We endeavored to organize sessions dedicated to different disciplines, also including previously under-recognized scopes of application (eg, urology and sexual medicine). We are convinced that this change will further expand our perception of shockwave treatment. Furthermore, we intend to have several keynote lectures per session, which will be given by world-leading experts.
We also have the pleasure to invite you to outstanding social events (gala dinner at the City Hall of Vienna, cosy evening at the “Heuriger”), which will give us the occasion to share our knowledge in pleasant surroundings, do networking, and to make personal contacts.
We hope for your numerous active and enthusiastic participation in this 23rd international congress of the ISMST
I am looking forward to welcoming you all in Vienna and sharing with you the latest insights in shockwave medicine