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Dear ESAM Members, it is our greatest pleasure to inform you that for this year's Executive Committee election taking place during the ESAM General Assembley on 23rd of September 2018 we have received the following nominations:

Dr. Olga Verba


Dr. Elena Cataman


Dr. Felix Strollo


Dr.Francisco Rios


Dr. Jochen Hinkelbei


Dr Goran Bogdanovski


The Scientific Commitee of ECAM 2018 has finalized the draft Scientific Programe of the Congress

Click here to see detailed Scientific Program

6th European Congress of Aerospace Medicine
20-23 September 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the grandest cities in all of Central Europe; a scientific and cultural center of (as attributed to Richard Wagner) “ancient splendor and beauty….a city beyond compare.” You now have the unique opportunity, in such an historic world-class setting, to gain invaluable insights from and engage in discussions with an array of internationally respected colleagues on the state of aerospace medicine and human performance.

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Dear ESAM Members, We would like to inform you that with the occasion of the 6th European Congress of Aerospace Medicine (ECAM) ESAM will hold its annual General Assembly(GA). The GA will be held in the same location as the ECAM, namely the National House of Vinohrady, on 23rd of September starting 11:00 am. Read more

The next workshop organized by the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI) will be held from 20-21 June 2018 at the Park Inn by Radisson Blue Hotel at Frankfurt Airport.

Registration fee is 100EUR with coffee and lunch break included. Spaces are limited, so go online and save your seat now:

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EPPSI Workshop2018 invitation2-Final.pdf
EPPSI Workshop2018 invitation2-Final.docx

ESAM is inviting you to taste the European flavors during our ESAM Lunchtime Meeting at AsMA!

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A joint meeting of the European Society of Aerospace Medicine, Aerospace Medical Association, the Czech Institute of Aviation Medicine and the Czech Association of Aviation Medicine

Prague, The Czech Republic 20 to 23 September 2018

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The Advisory Board of the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM) was asked to produce some guidance material to enable physicians, and aviation medical advisers to obtain the best advice concerning the use of both prescribed and non–prescribed (over-the-counter) medication.

The guidance material is designed to highlight basic principles and to emphasize ‘golden rules’ which are recommended to be observed.

The objective of this paper is to produce guidance for General Medical Practitioners, Consultant Specialists and Aeromedical Examiners (AMEs) who are dealing with medical problems occurring in commercial, military, civilian (private) pilots or Air Traffic Controllers and to assist them with the management of medication use. This is not for therapeutic reasons but to enhance the understanding of the potential risks to the safe operation of aviation and accidents in professional or private flying activities, which may occur with the use of medication.

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The European Society of Aerospace Medicine has the pleasure to announce the sixth European Congress of Aerospace Medicine in the beautiful city of Prague in the heart of Europe. This congress is made possible due to the kind invitation of the Czech Society of Aviation Medicine (CZAAM) and the Czech Institute of Aviation Medicine.

As a result of the highly successful 5th ECAM held in Oslo, Norway in September 2016, the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is pleased to continue the joint sponsorship with the ESAM and CZAAM of the 6th European Congress in Aerospace Medicine (6th ECAM). We are excited to be working with our ESAM and CZAAM colleagues to bring a high quality Aerospace Medicine Congress to Europe.

We hope many AsMA members that have not had the opportunity to attend one of the AsMA’s Annual Scientific Meetings in North America will be able to join us in Prague for an exciting continuing medical education event, the 6th ECAM!

The Scientific Program Committee decided on that the theme for ECAM 6 to be ‘Trust and Care for Aviation Safety – TCAS’. They are actively creating a captivating programme of sessions comprising of abstract presentations and panel discussions as well as poster presentations intended to bring to your attention the latest medical and technical developments as well as regulatory changes that may impact the field of aerospace medicine.

Features of the program include panel sessions on the following topics:

• Rules and Safety - 2 sides of the same coin
• Advances in Aeromedical Screening
• Contrasts and Lessons Learned: Military and Civilian Aerospace Medicine
• UAV Operations - Developments and Challenges
• AME Course/Workshop on AEMCs
• Aviation Psychology - Psychosocial Well-Being
• Psychological and Mental Health Assessments
• Special Senses and Orientation
• Space Flight: Physiology and Psychology
• Half-Day Workshop Dealing with Specific AMEs Issues
• FAA Refresher Course - September 18th (9.00 a.m.) - September 19th (6:00 p.m.) - Venue: Cortyard by Marriott Prague City (Lucemburská Street 46, 130 00 Praha 3)

For the first time in an aviation medicine congress, ECAM 2018 will host an EASA panel dedicated to regulatory topics regarding European aviation medicine.

ECAM Schedule ( Click here to see detailed Scientific Program )

• Thursday, September 20, 2018
- 12:00 - 6:00 PM - Opening Ceremony & Scientific Presentations

• Friday, September 21, 2018
- 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM - Scientific Presentations

• Saturday, September 22, 2018
- 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Scientific Presentations
- 8:00 PM - 11:00 - Gala Dinner

• Sunday, September 23, 2018
- GA Time TBD

The Organisation Committee has found an ideal venue in Prague, the National House of Vinohrady, a Neo-Renaissance building close to the historical centre of this beautiful city and representative for the architecture of Prague.

For the Venue of the Gala Dinner the Organization Committee decided on the Art Nouveau Restaurant ‘Francouzská restaurace’


Registration for ECAM 6 will be opened as of 1st of March 2018. You may register by clicking the registration button which will redirect you to AsMA’s registration platform. Because the registration is made via AsMA’s platform the cost of the registration fee will be expressed in US dollars ($) and the equivalent amount in Euro and Czech Krona may vary over time due to the exchange rate.

The following registration options will be available:

Early Bird Registration (March 1 - April 15, 2018) - $440.00 US
• Access to entire scientific program
• Welcome Reception & Opening Ceremony
• Gala dinner (Art Nouveau Francouzska Restaurant)

Advance Registration (April 16 - September 14, 2018) - $480.00 US
• Access to entire scientific program
• Welcome Reception & Opening Ceremony
• Gala dinner (Art Nouveau Francouzska Restaurant)

Onsite Registration (September 14-23, 2018) - $600.00 US
• Access to entire scientific program
• Welcome Reception & Opening Ceremony
• Gala dinner (Art Nouveau Francouzska Restaurant) – subject to availability

1-Day Registration - $200.00
• Access to one day of the scientific program

Accompanying Person(s) Registration - $120.00
• Welcome Reception
• Tour of Prague
• Gala dinner (Art Nouveau Francouzska Restaurant)

Registration will be available as of 1st of March 2018. To register please click the ‘REGISTRATION’ button below.


Click here to download Registration Form and pay using bank wire Transfer (Use only if a credit or debit card is not available - Additional $30 US wire transfer fee required).
You may find below the details of the AsMA account for money transfers.
1. Account number 435029026876
2. Legal account name: Aerospace Medical Association
3. Routing Identifiers:
• Routing/Transit (ASA) Number: 0260-0959-3

There will be 25 places for students that will be sponsored by ESAM, reserved for medical students who have an interest in aerospace medicine. If you register as a student please be advised that you will need to demonstrate your student status at the registration desk during the Congress when you will take your delegate package. Student registration will be made on a first come, first served basis. No Student registration will be possible after 16th of September.

Student registration is now complete. We look forward to meeting all of you in Prague.

Student as well as Daily registration do not include the complementary Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner.

Abstract submission process

All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the congress website. There will be a link to the congress website on the site of each partner organisation for submission of abstracts.

Abstracts can be submitted from 1 March 2018. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 July 2018.

An abstract must be in English and should be submitted in the following form:
• Abstract title
• Presenting author information
• Presenting author's affiliation
• Presenting author's e-mail contact details
• Contributing authors’ details

The abstract should where possible be written in the form of:
• Introduction
• Methods
• Results
• Discussion
• Learning Objectives

The abstract should be limited to no more than 500 words including the title and authors’ details. It should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

In addition three (3) True/False or Multiple Choice Questions should be included, with the correct answer indicated. These questions will be used to offer US physicians Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits for participating in the ECAM 2018. The text of questions and answers does not count for the maximum allowed 500 words in the abstract.

Scientific presentations are expected to adhere to the highest standards of scientific ethics and include appropriate acknowledgement or reference to scientific and/or financial sources. There should be no endorsement of commercial products and presentations should not contain any visible or audible product endorsement or advertising in any form.



As we have accustomed you in the last 2 ECAMs we will award the ‘Paolo Tosco’ Award for the best abstract presentation. Additionally we will offer a prize for the best poster presentation. And last but not least we will grant the title of Chevalier of ESAM to an inspiring personality that brought big contribution to the development of aviation medicine.


Although the venue of ECAM 2018 is surrounded by hotels we can recommend the following hotels that are in walking distance from the Congress venue:

1)  Majestic Plaza
2)  NH Hotel Prague -
3)  Don Giovanni Hotel -

A bit more about Prague

Did you know that there is a major medical library located in the heart of Prague? As per the library’s webpage ( ) the “National Medical Library is a public library specialized in medicine and related fields. Our collections and services are accessible to all users. We strive to develop and improve access to scientific medical information resources through modern library and information services”.

The National Medical Library is located at Sokolska 54 Prague 2. Opening hours are Monday through Thursday from 09:00 until 19:00 and on Fridays from 09:00 until 18:00. One of the departments of the Library is its Medical Museum. Located at 121 32 Prague 2, Sokolska 54 (courtyard building), the museum is home to a splendid collection of medical instruments, documents, photographs and artwork dating back to the 17th century. Website: The Medical Museum is open every Thursday between 2 PM and 4 PM. Should you wish to visit the museum, please contact them before doing so to ensure that they are open on the desired date/time. Their telephone number is: 00420 296 335 964.

You might also wish to visit the Kbely Aircraft Museum. From its website (, “The museum was founded in 1968 on the premises of the historical military airport Prague-Kbely, which was the first air base built after the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918”.
One of the largest aviation museums in Europe, the unique collection houses 275 aircraft of various types and times. The collection is among the largest and finest in Europe. At present, it has 275 aircraft and a world-class collection of “aircraft engines, parts of airplane dragons, armament, outfits, uniforms, banners, awards and other monuments that relate to the history of Czechoslovak and Czech aviation”. The museum is located at Ul. Mladoboleslavská, Prague 9 – Kbely and is open from May to October, every day except Mondays from 10:00 to 18:00 (hangars close at 1730). Before visiting, it is recommend that you contact them at tel. 973 207 500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm opening days and times.

One excellent way to learn about Prague’s grand history, what to see, where to go, where to eat and stay (etc.) is to stop by one of the city’s Tourist Information Centers. There are several throughout the city and two at the International Airport.

Tourist services and information provided include (from:
• General information on Prague (events, culture, tourism, orientation in the town, transport, accommodation and dining, shops and services, nature, sports, important contacts, historical monuments, museums, galleries, exhibitions, trades, festivals and much more)
• Accommodation in all price categories
• Tickets for concerts, theatres and other cultural, social and sports events
• Prague sightseeing tours
• Trips outside of Prague
• Basic information brochures about Prague in foreign languages for free
• Prague Card - free entry to over 50 city attractions and free use of public transport (
• Transport tickets (1 day and 3days)

For more information, you can email the Prague Tourist Information Office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A joint meeting of the European Society of Aerospace Medicine, Aerospace Medical Association, the Czech Institute of Aviation Medicine and the Czech Association of Aviation Medicine

Prague, The Czech Republic 20 to 23 September 2018

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ESAM was one of 5 organisations in Aerospace medicine joining in a letter expressing our concerns with the paper titled “AEROTOXIC SYNDROME: A NEW OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE?” published in the June 2017 issue of Public Health Panorama.

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Dear ESAM constituent organisations and fellow colleagues of Aerospace medicine in Europe,

As we are near the end of 2017, it is my pleasure to wish you all a Peaceful and enjoyable Christmas time. 2017 has been a year of learning from the success from the Oslo Conference in 2016 and planning for the congress in Prague In 2018. The theme of the Prague Congress will be “trust and care in Aviation Safety” - a theme that is both fitting and timely, as It points toward the role of our profession in supporting those who fly so that they may fly safe and fly well. In these times our role is under discussion, and it is imperative that we are in the center of bringing ideas forward in order to influence developments to the best for flight safety and the professional values we represent.

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The current President of ESAM, Dr. Anthony S. Wagstaff, member of the Norwegian Association of Aviation Medicine, was elected as President-Elect. He accepted the new mandate and will continue to serve as President until 2020.

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