Report of 12th annual EFCS tutorial

Report of 12th annual EFCS tutorial

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 12th annual EFCS Tutorial scheduled on June 7th-11th 2021 in Trieste had to be canceled. Instead, a digital edition was held on June 10th-11th. The event was chaired by Giovanni Negri and co-chaired by Arrigo Capitanio.

This digital edition of the annual tutorial was based on the use of virtual slides which were uploaded on the Eurocytology site and made available in advance to the participants who could study the cases before the live event. Overall, 91 different virtual slides were uploaded for the participants. The live event included short lectures followed by the discussion of the virtual cases, while participants could ask questions in real-time via chat. Overall, one hundred and ten questions and comments were made via chat.

Nine tutors from Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Norway, France, Croatia, and Finland were involved in the lectures, which included eleven different topics among urine, breast, thyroid, pancreatic, serous effusions, salivary gland, soft tissue and gynecological cytology.
One hundred and twenty-two participants (cytotechnologists, residents, biologists and pathologists) coming from 24 different European and extra-European countries, including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Malta, New Zeland, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland took part in the courses. Up to 11000 connections before the live event were recorded by the Eurocytology servers, which did their job flawlessly also during the live sessions.

The participants’ feedback has been highly positive. Ninety-five percent of the participants found the virtual platform easy to use and would recommend a future tutorial to a colleague. One of the most asked features was keeping the slides and lectures online for some time after the event. In fact, slides and lectures have been made available to the participants for three weeks after the tutorial.

Overall, despite the forced virtualization, it was another successful EFCS annual tutorial, in the best tradition of these events. We are already working on the next annual tutorial, scheduled in 2022, and we will try to resume the classic tutorial formulation based on microscopy work. We believe that working together, face-to-face with the tutors, is an excellent opportunity not only to learn cytology, but also to create new professional contacts and friendships between cytologists. However, encouraged by the success of this digital edition, we are already planning further digital events which will allow broader participation and a peek into the future of digital cytology. Stay tuned on the EFCS website!

Giovanni Negri and Arrigo Capitanio

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Message from the IAC-IARC

As you know the development of the four WHO international reporting systems for lung, pancreatico-biliary, lymph node and soft tissue are well underway. Many European based cytopathologists are already involved in the four Expert Editorial Boards.

This is the third of four planned surveys to assist the development of the international reporting systems. It has been created and reviewed by the members of the WHO-IARC Expert Editorial Board. The survey asks questions about the proposed system.

Please go to the IAC website, and go to the Lymph Node Survey.
Feel free to encourage your colleagues to participate. All questions are answered anonymously. The system is simple to use. The questions are comprehensive but can be quickly completed.

Andrew Field
President of the International Academy of Cytology”

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ECC 2021


Opening Ceremony Sunday, October 3rd, 19:00

The Opening Ceremony of the Congress will take place in the Wrocław Congress Center, Centennial Hall Complex (Congress venue).

The program includes an artistic program and refreshments. Details will be given soon.

Participation in the Opening Ceremony is included in the congress fee.

In regard to the possibility of changing the event’s participants limits by the local sanitary commission, the Organizers are eligible to make changes in available places in accompanying events.

Presidential Dinner Monday, October 4th, 20:00-23:00

The official congress dinner will be held at the Bridge Wrocław MGallery Hotel, which is a headquarter of ECC2021.

Participation in a Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (excl. invited guests).

Presidential Dinner is available only for on-site registered participants.

Additional fee: 60€

Get Together Tuesday, October 5th, 19:00-23:00

The accompanying event will take place in “Czasoprzestrzeń” at the tram depot. It is a unique place on the map of Wrocław. ZAJEZDNIA DĄBIE is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings of this type.

Get Together Party is available only for on-site registered participants.

Additional fee: 60€

The price includes an artistic program, catering, and good fun in an industrial space.

Wrocław and Lower Silesia Tours

Wrocław City Tour – 4/10/2021 (Monday), 16:00 (4 p.m.) – during the trip it will be possible to visit one of the most popular Wrocław tourist attractions.

Tour is available only for on-site registered participants.

Additional fee: 36 €/150 PLN Details: Wrocław City Tour

Wrocław Exhibition Grounds and ZOO – 6/10/2021 (Wednesday), 10:30 a.m. – this urban space is the best proof why Wrocław is called a meeting place.

Tour is available only for on-site registered participants.

Additional fee: 36 €/150 PLN

Details: Wrocław Exhibition Grounds and ZOO

Lower Silesia Region Tour – 5/10/2021 (Tuesday), 7:30 a.m. – during one-day bus tour it will be possible to visit one of the most important regional tourist attractions.

Tour is available only for on-site registered participants.

Additional fee: 95 €/390 PLN Details: Pearls of Lower Silesia

Tour operator and contact details: Bissole Business Travel

Address: Kosciuszki Street 95/1u, 50-442 Wroclaw

Contact person: Sylwia Wysocka Mobile: +48 693 949 177 E-mail address:


Few steps to download the app

Download the mobile application to your phone from the Google Play store or AppStore.

Enter the name of the event in the search engine inside the application and join the group of participants.

You can also scan the QR Code shown on the picture.

We invite you to listen to the first lecture by Professor Jerzy Klijanienko, which is available in the Lectures book.

All functions of the congress app are available only for registered users.

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