With the 17th St.Gallen Breast Cancer Conference approaching in just three months, we had to come to some important decisions: While we had hoped that the situation of the pandemic would have allowed us to proceed with the planned “hybrid” setup of our Conference, we feel forced to move to a fully virtual format with SG-BCC 2021. Despite the fact that for Vienna, as for many European cities and countries, the projected public health situation for March 2021 is optimistic (with widespread vaccinations and current lockdowns leading to a rather safe situation), we cannot be sure that reasonable travel options are available not even within Europe, and almost certainly not for many regions in the world. Also, it might be not before late summer until the pandemic is fully under control, and clearly the safety and health of faculty, participants, and staff is our first priority.

Despite the challenges that come with virtualizing SG-BCC 2021, we will certainly organise the best meeting virtually. It is the aim of offering the full programme as published on this website. We also will offer livestream discussions, most probably around the published conference time table, taking into account global time zones. Also, the core Consensus Panel Voting will take place, albeit in a modified format. Do not hesitate to register now for this virtual conference!

The whole Conference will also be available digitally on-demand for later viewing for those colleagues who cannot attend live. Furthermore, the St.Gallen Consensus Recommendations will be published as before in a high-ranking journal.

We will keep you informed about important steps and are looking forward to welcome you to the virtual conference!