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Dear friends and colleagues,

More than a year has passed since COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic. We hope that you have kept your spirits up throughout this rollercoaster ride in these challenging and unprecedented times.

The pandemic has undeniably impacted our planning for WCD 2023, but the Scientific Programme Committee, the National Organising committee and Triumph Group are soldiering on against the headwinds.

We have adjusted to the new norms of meeting and discussions. The Scientific Programme Committee had conducted several virtual meetings and several more have been planned. While there are challenges to engaging in detailed discussions online, we are pleased to update that the SPC, led by Professor Martin Röcken, has already shortlisted distinguished lectures, keynote lectures, controversies, and over 60 topics for symposia. We have confidence that the final scientific programme will be something that everyone with interest in dermatology can look forward to.

For updates on WCD 2023, check out our website. In addition we are also regularly posting bite-size information on our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Do follow us on these sites as we would love to stay in touch with you and also to receive your feedback. Coming up, we will also be launching the WCD 2023 Podcast and WCD Spots videos. So stay tuned! Promotional activities at virtual conferences are also being planned. Do say hi to us at our virtual booths, but we hope this can be in person soon.

WCD Ambassadors also play crucial roles in the promotional activities by lending their esteemed voices to spread the news of WCD 2023 to various parts of the world, especially important during this pandemic when we are still restricted in travelling, and physical outreach is limited. We would like to thank all our Ambassadors for their help and enthusiasm.

We are also very grateful to have received tremendous support and encouragement from the ILDS board and friends in the international dermatology community. With the expansion and scale-up of COVID vaccination efforts around the world, we are optimistic that WCD 2023 will be an in-person meeting.

Stay safe and stay in touch and we will see you in Singapore in 2023!

With best wishes,

Prof. Roy CHAN
President of 25th WCD 2023

A/Prof. Yen Loo LIM
Secretary General of 25th WCD 2023

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