The 13th International Congress on Ambulatory Surgery, taking place in Porto in 2019, reflects the availability and openness of the scientific ecosystem of Porto, by bringing together some of the most prominent researchers in the field of health in general, and of ambulatory surgery in particular. We can, thus, claim that the receptiveness of the scientific atmosphere of a city has the gift of enabling new liaisons as well as promoting the cherishing of a new knowledge. On the other hand, we must never forget that when we speak of our city, we are, actually, speaking of a sea port: a venue of departures, arrivals, exchanges, trade, and development.
Hence my wish to extend to all the intervenient in the 13th International Congress on Ambulatory Surgery a welcoming message. Porto is a unique city, a metropolis that by its dimension and features so special captivates all those who visit it. It is not only the architecture, or the heritage that enchant the foreigners, it is mostly its people whose character so peculiar makes everybody feel at home. I sincerely wish that you all feel in Porto as you do at home, I wish you get to know our identity, and take advantage of your partaking in this meeting to find out what is going on here in the fields of research and science.
Looking forward to seeing you in Porto, we trust you will enjoy this 13th International Congress on Ambulatory Surgery and also the city of Porto, awarded with the Best European Destination for 2012, 2014 and 2017.
(Mayor of Porto)