The European Society of Aerospace Medicine’s Academy presents its New Year’s online webinar on chances of recovery of the aviation industry in light of the latest aeromedical developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Over  the past couple of weeks, the Organising Committee of the ICAM 2020 have been considering the viability of the postponement to 2021.

A number of considerations were discussed by the Organising Committee including the following:

• The pandemic continues to be a major threat across Europe and beyond.
• It is unlikely that life will have returned to normal by September of 2021.
• Despite the development of vaccines, there will be a period of time before they are deployed sufficiently to convey herd immunity to the general population.
• Recovery of the Aviation industry and international travel is unlikely to be by September 2021.
• Making a "go, no-go" decision for ICAM 2021 would be required by March 2021 at the latest.
• If we choose to run with 2021 and postpone again, we would lose our deposits whereas deferring to 2022 incurs no extra costs.
• Deferring to 2022 realigns the event with the regular cycle of ECAMs and ICASMs. We will no longer be out of sync.
• Deferring to 2022 allows the new Conferencing company to establish itself and prepare efficiently for the Congress.
• The concept of the ICAM was to bring together members of all four organisations to convene in a physical location and share the experience. Holding a diluted meeting with social distance does not meet with the philosophy of the Congress.
• A virtual meeting was proposed by the Academy in September 2021 which would be virtual and would act as a "taster" for the ICAM 2022 with four sessions presented by each of the four organisations and expressing their own unique character over a two day period using webinars. The Organising Committee supported the proposal and will develop the concept together.

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As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the ICAM 2020 Organizing Committee, with representatives from the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM), the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), and the Francophone Society of Aerospace Medicine (SoFRAMAS), decided to postpone the 1st International Conference in Aerospace Medicine (1st ICAM). The new dates for the 1st ICAM is now September 22-24, 2022. ICAM 2022 will be conducted at the Centre des Congrès de La Villette in Paris, France.

We are disappointed this first joint meeting of the world's most prominent Aerospace Medicine associations must be postponed, but the health and safety of our Aerospace Medicine colleagues from around the world is our primary concern.

We hope you and your loved ones are all safe, secure, and healthy during this pandemic period. We very much look forward to seeing many of you very soon.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during spaceflight - a guideline for CPR in microgravity from the German Society of Aerospace Medicine (DGLRM) and the European Society of Aerospace Medicine Space Medicine Group (ESAM-SMG)

Background: With the “Artemis”-mission mankind will return to the Moon by 2024. Prolonged periods in space will not only present physical and psychological challenges to the astronauts, but also pose risks concerning the medical treatment capabilities of the crew. So far, no guideline exists for the treatment of severe medical emergencies in microgravity. We, as a international group of researchers related to the field of aerospace medicine and critical care, took on the challenge and developed a an evidence-based guideline for the arguably most severe medical emergency – cardiac arrest.

View the complete guideline

On behalf of EPPSI, I invite you to download the updated Second Edition of the EPPSI Guide on Peer Support.

The link is: http://eppsi.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/EPPSI-Guide-2nd-Edition-October-2020.pdf

After the large interest in our initial publication, we have received feedback and comments from a number of stakeholders that we have incorporated into this version. Read more ...

Dear AsMA members,

As the Membership Chair of the Aerospace Medical Association (“AsMA”) Associate Fellows Group (“AFG”), I would like to invite qualified members of AsMA to consider applying for Associate Fellowship.

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The Academy of the European Society of Aerospace Medicine is presenting an online workshop on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation community and on aircrew in particular.

The workshop will be held via Zoom on 15 October 2020 from 17:00-19:30 (5 pm-7.30 pm - Central European Time). Read more ...

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