The welcome greetings were delivered by flight attendants, presentations were announced true-to-style on a rattling departure board, and the catering was served at departure gates, Anyone entering Hall 1 at Messe Basel (the brainchild of architects Herzog & de Meuron) between 4 and 6 May 2017 found themselves immersed in the ambience of an airport world. This fascinating setting fitted in excellently with the forward-looking theme of the ITI World Symposium 2017: "Key factors for long-term success". The organiser, the International Team for Implantology (ITI), has been networking the global players in dental implantology for 30 years. With more than 4800 participants from 90 countries, the 2017 symposium was the biggest such ITI event ever held.
“The ITI World Symposium at Messe Basel was a complete success! The marvellous range of functions installed in the hall, the modern infrastructure and the superb cooperation with the Messe Basel team all made a considerable contribution to that” was the feedback received from the PCO, Interplan. ITI itself heaped even further praise on top of that: “Basel was the best possible location for our international mega-meeting. Messe Basel was a great partner for the meeting: flexible, understanding, efficient and creative.”
The 32,000 m2 of space on the first floor of Hall 1 were used to set up not only a plenary auditorium with 5000 seats but also an industry exhibition and the catering zone. Booths for interpreters to translate simultaneously into eleven languages were installed directly in the hall itself. Three large screens transmitted the presentations, so that even the visitors sitting in the back row could still enjoy a completely focused picture. It was also the occasion to celebrate a premiere, namely that of a new networking tool known as Poken, which allows digital visiting cards and social-media links to be readily exchanged using near field communication technology.