Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committees I have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 17th International Congress of the Polish Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, which will be held on 21–24 September 2011 in the Polish city of Gdansk, a place steeped in more than a thousand years of history with two particularly important events for our civilisation, namely the outbreak of World War II in 1939 and the “Gdansk August” in 1980, regarded as the beginning of the Fall of Communism in Central Europe.

I hope that the scientific programme, including a wide array of topics in anaesthesiology and intensive care, will live to your expectations, and that participation in the Congress will offer you an opportunity to meet up with your colleagues, friends and renowned specialists from Poland and abroad.

I look forward to seeing you in Gdansk.

Prof. Maria Wujtewicz, MD, PhD