The “Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos Perinatal Symposia” are devoted to the “Trailblazer in Perinatology” and “Mother of Neonatology”, the homonymous Greek-American legendary Professor and unique human being: the clinician, teacher and researcher who first worldwide applied mechanical respiratory support to premature neonates, generously mentored countless young doctors and gained numerous awards for her pioneering work in peri-and-neonatal physiology, primarily of fetal hemoglobin and brain function.

The Symposia are always free of charge and last one day. They address each time extensively only one theme, adhering to the exact definition of a “scientific Symposium”. They started live in 2010 in Athens and continued virtually after the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, a great number of participants across the world are now able to follow the virtual presentations by prominent international scientists and take part at the end in the interactive panel discussions on very important topics.

The topics discussed in the previous Symposia were: “Perinatal Asphyxia”, “Cesarean Section: Impact on Mother and Child”, “Intrauterine Growth Restriction and Fetal Programming”, “Diabetes in Pregnancy and Fetal Macrosomia”, “Chorioamnionitis: Impact on Mother and Child”, “Multiple Pregnancy”, “Preterm Birth”, “Perinatal Nutrition and DOHaD Consequences”, “Perinatal COVID-19: The Aftermath”, “Advanced Maternal Age and Childbearing”.

The 11th Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos Perinatal Symposium will address the issue “The microbiome in pregnancy and at the beginning of life” and we are very happy to welcome you.

We would also like to express our thanks to the sponsors, without whose contribution the event would not have been possible, as well as to the agency that undertook the secretarial support of the Symposium.

Finally, to all of you who will watch it, hoping that you will gain new, useful knowledge.

The Organizers