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CCB a tried-and-tested host of rotating and recurrent congresses

Basel Life Sciences
Basel as a key location for the life science industry
The year now drawing to a close saw the confirmation of a long-term trend affecting the Congress Center Basel (CCB). Quite apart from a large number of congresses that practise rotation, regularly switching their destinations, Basel is succeeding in attracting an increasing number of recurrent international events. These include such resounding names as Basel Life Science Week, the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM), the SACHS Forum on the theme of Biotech, Digital Health and Medtech and BC[2], the Computational Biology Conference of the Biozentrum Basel. For next year, the CCB team is looking forward to staging Bio2Business for the first time with Biotech Outsourcing Strategies cmc 2016.

Basel owes this success crucially to its established position in the life sciences. There could be no more poignant description of Basel than the one provided by Terrapinn: “The City of Basel, a major life science hub, home to major Pharma and Biotech companies such as Actelion, Novartis and Roche and a site of global drug innovation”. Terrapinn was responsible for the successful CCB premiere of the European Antibody Congress, which is to be staged for a second time in Basel next year.

Rotating heavyweights in Basel

Two typical “rotating” events made their way to Basel during this past autumn: the 2015 IFA Congress of the International Fiscal Association and the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH). They are to be followed in 2016 by other internationally roving highlights as further heavyweights in our schedule: the ESC Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health and the ECFS Congress of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society. Each of these is expected to attract more than 2000 participants.

“Recurring congresses give us a dependable basis for planning. Putting in a bid for a rotating congress, on the other hand, has similar excitement to awaiting the announcement as to where the Olympic Games are going to be held. Here we are eyeball-to-eyeball in competition with destinations such as Vienna and Paris”, says Letizia Elia, Head of Marketing & Business Development at the CCB. 

The CCB's strong international position is due in no small measure to its infrastructure. Its convincing features include both the eleven modular rooms on the ground floor and the link with the exhibition building designed by the international top-shot architects of Herzog & de Meuron. That also made it possible for the DGHO annual meeting to take place in Basel, as the biggest event of its kind in 2015, without any structural adaptations being required.