The Congress Center Basel (CCB) just missed being able to stage this year’s congress in October 2017. But it will be playing host in 2019 when the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) organises its annual congress, which is held in high regard throughout the world, in Basel. The EACS promotes care, research and training in conjunction with HIV and similar infections and actively contributes to health policy.
“I visited the 2015 EACS congress in Barcelona in order to obtain information for submitting a successful bid. I was thus all the more delighted at this year’s congress in Milan to see that save-the-date announcements had already been made available for Basel 2019”, says Letizia Elia, deputy manager of the CCB. This success demonstrates just how important it is within the industry to engage in forward planning and to make personal contact with the organisers – and also with the previous congress locations.
Convince and delight
The strong support provided during the bidding phase, together with the application dossier and the corresponding presentation, were sufficient to convince the Congress Board that was taking the decision to opt for Basel as a venue. A great deal of lobbying was also conducted by the eminent Professor Manuel Battegay of Basel University Hospital, who has an excellent network as a former President of the EACS. Added to this come further advantages of Basel as a location, including its easy accessibility and the excellent infrastructure offered by the city of Basel with its Congress Center.
“It is exciting to visit the previous congresses. It is essential to experience a great deal of what goes on in person in order to obtain a true picture of the congress. I collected a vast amount of information on catering, room setup and the society’s needs” says CCB project manager Susanne Pfefferle, who visited the EACS congress in Milan in October 2017. Also there was Christine Stauffer, who is in charge of exhibitions and visitor service at the CCB. “I found it important to see the stand constructions in the accompanying exhibition and gather information on operational details. We are now looking forward to the 3000 or so international participants whom we wish to convince and delight in Basel”, says Stauffer.