Take a look back at ECTS 2018

One week after the close of ECTS 2018, we would like to thank you once more for your active participation and for making this year’s congress a huge success!

We  would like to take this opportunity to look back at some highlights of ECTS 2018.


Support for Outstanding Scientific Work

We are proud to have received numerous outstanding scientific abstracts that were rewarded with a number of grants and awards. All in all, 35 participants were supported with ECTS and IFMRS travel grants and 7 honored with an award.

Thanks also to the ECTS-Lilly Scholarship and ECTS Academy, we were able to provide financial support to 45 young researchers and MDs to attend the congress.

We are looking forward to much more impressive scientific work in the next year.

ECTS 2018 Key facts

• 1,000 delegates from 55 countries
• Top 5 participating countries: UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and South Korea
• 413 abstracts presented and 150 of those as oral presentations
• More than 100 social media posts per day about #ECTS2018

Catch up on what you missed

Do you want to get a refresher on ECTS 2018 or have you missed a session?

You can now review the congress in different ways:

– Download the ECTS Society and Congress App
– Access the Book of Abstracts
– View selected session webcasts
– Watch our Science Sketches
– Search #ECTS2018 on twitter to see congress pictures and read some short session summaries and feedback

Do you need more?  A Congress Report with summaries, interviews, webcasts, key facts and much more.

Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank our industry supporters for having been part of ECTS 2018.

We enjoyed a great congress with all of you and are looking forward to ECTS 2019, in the beautiful capital of Hungary, Budapest. Mark your diary ECTS 2019 will start of 10 May with an educational pre-congress programme on 10 May and continuing with the main scientific programme 11 to 14 May, 2019.

If you want to stay updated, check out our new ECTS 2019 Website and sign up for our ECTS and ICCBH mailing lists by clicking here.


Vote for your favorite science sketch

Science Sketches are short videos, under 2 minutes, which explain scientific work. We challenged our speakers of the ECTS Congress 2018 to create a short video of their work – And we think we got 3 fantastic videos!

But now we need your help: Can you decide which one is the BEST video?

  1. Watch all 3 videos
  2. Try to find the best one
  3. Like the best video

Have fun watching the videos and don’t forget your like.  An initiative in collaboration with Science Sketches

Science Sketches

ECTS Congress Mobile App now available

The congress App for the upcoming ECTS Congress in Valencia is now available for download.  The congress app gives you an overview of the scientific programme, access to all presented abstracts, maps of the congress venue and information about the exhibition, industry satellite symposia and much more.

Use the congress app for live interaction during sessions, create your own congress itinerary by adding your favorite sessions and presentations to your personal planner.

To download the App, please search for ‘ECTS’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This will give you access to the ECTS Society App and ECTS 2018 Congress App.

Submit your research to ECTS 2018

The deadline for abstract submission to ECTS 2018 in Valencia is 12 February. Don’t miss your chance to present your research at Europe’s leading congress in the musculoskeletal field, uniting both clinicians and basic scientists in their common quest for scientific excellence.


An international congress is always a perfect opportunity to get in touch with colleagues from all over the world.

Strength and create new alliances during ECTS 2018 and discover now the Networking Programme.

Participating in the congress can also be worthwhile from another perspective: check the great variety of Grants & Awards supported by the ECTS.


Take your chance to proactively become part of the scientific programme by submitting an abstract and sharing your research and knowledge with international experts and visitors.

All information is summed up in the Abstract Guidelines, do not miss the final deadline for submission on Monday, 12 February 2018.


You have already decided to participate in the ECTS Congress 2018, but have not chosen your accommodation so far?

Due to Valencia’s tourist popularity, early hotel booking is highly recommended!

Have a look at the various selection of accommodation in the surrounding of the Valencia Conference Centre (VCC) – we are happy to be of your assistance.

We are happy to provide you with further information concerning exciting Networking Events during the congress, your opportunity to actively form the congress’ scientific programme and your personal arrangements around the venue.We are looking forward to welcoming you to Valencia in May 2018. In case you have any further questions, feel free to contact us, we will be happy to help.

Pre-Congress Programme Revealed

Extend your stay in Valencia for a full day of educational activities for special interest groups, including a training course, 10 working groups, a special programme on rare bone disease.  Seats are limited, so make sure you register in time!

  • ECTS-Mellanby-SEIOMM Training Course on Vertebral Fractures: the renowned Mellanby Center for Bone research at the University of Sheffield will provide you with this highly educational and interactive workshop on the clinical identification and management of vertebral fractures. This day-long course is open to clinicians,laboratory scientists and nurses involved in the clinical management of patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures.
  • ECTS-ICCBH Rare Bone Diseases Workshop: a unique collaboration to discuss “Pathophysiology, Minifestations and Treatment of From Childhood to Adulthood” in rare bone diseases. The programme will review disorders of bone mineralization and bone fragility.
  • East-Meets-West Programme where opinion leaders from the West and East part of the world will discuss Concepts for case finding in osteoporosis.
    You can then join a Meet-the-Professor session discussing uncommon cases of bone diseases.
  • Sponsored SEIOMM Symposium: Advanced imaging techniques in metabolic bone diseases: 3D-DXA
    Advanced imaging techniques in metabolic bone diseases: 3D-DXA
  • Working Groups: focused and interactive meetings to review specific topics related to our field: rheumatic diseases, bioengeeniring, regeneration and implants, imaging bone strength, use of mouse models and non-mammalian models in research, cartilage pathophysiology, rare bone diseases, non-calcified tissues and ectopic calcifications…
  • EU Consortia Summit: Tips to get funded by the EU
  • ECTS Academy Session: hear the most exciting developments in the  musculoskeletal field in all parts of the world

Learn more…

Registration and abstract submission now open

We are pleased to inform you that the abstract submission and registration for ECTS 2018 in Valencia (Spain) are now open.

With an international delegation of clinicians and basic scientists, ECTS Congress is the meeting where great science, collaboration and research across the musculoskeletal field come together.  By submitting an abstract you can become an active part of the congress and have the opportunity to share and discuss your work with other experts in the field. 


Have a look at the ECTS 2018 website and discover the programme

This year, ECTS 2018 will feature more opportunities for focused poster presentations to create networks and exchange ideas. 

The deadline for submitting your abstract is 12 February 2018.

With the opening of the abstract submission, we also officially launch the congress registration and applications for our Early Career, East-meets-West and Allied Health Professional Awards.


We are happy to announce that the registration is open now.

Register now for the ECTS 2018 and pre-congress programme. It only takes a few minutes and you will benefit from discounted rates!

For more information such as the registration fees click register now.


Take an active part in shaping the leading European Congress in the bone field by submitting your research.

Find out more on how to plan and prepare your abstract on the website.

Deadline for abstract submission: 12 February 2018


Have a look at the high quality and diverse programm and get a first insight into the Pre-Congress programm.

Get yourself informed about the variety of opportunities and all symposiums and lectures

Make your work part of ECTS 2018 and join us in Valencia, a beautiful place for scientific exchange!

If you have any questions regarding your registration or abstract submission, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at any time.

Register now for the ECTS 2018 and pre-congress programme. It only takes a few minutes and you will benefit from discounted rates!

We are always happy to help.

Your ECTS 2018 Congress Team