Whistle-stop tour of the highlights

Busy programme for the second half of 2016

Incredible variety is the best description of the programme at the Congress Center Basel for the second half of the year. Longstanding events are interspersed with new ones, with new formats and ideas producing an impressive display of creativity.
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What do psychologists and psychiatrists, energy experts, orthopaedists and surgeons have in common with pathologists, neurologists, specialists in biomedicine, agronomists, anaesthesiologists, crystallographers, immunologists, investors and natural scientists? The answer: all of them have either already attended one of the events held in the Congress Center Basel (CCB) between August and the end of November 2016 or they are about to do so.

One of the most distinguished guests may surely have been Prof. Dr. Ada Yonath, holder of a Nobel Prize in chemistry. She opened the European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM) at the end of August.

At the beginning of September, the Meeting of the European Association for Haematopathology (EAHP) was convened for the first time ever in Basel. “Two years ago, when the event was held in Istanbul, the CCB provided support for the organisers of the Basel congress. Now it’s our turn to play proud hosts!”, proclaims a delighted Letizia Elia, the CCB’s deputy director.

A new format was introduced at the Congress of the Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery (AGA). Sessions under the general heading of “Oops, what now?” dealt, for example, with the question of how to react if something goes wrong in the course of a knee operation.

Hands-on workshops are being arranged on the occasion of the Congress of the Swiss Society for Anaesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR/SSAR). These are to include the intubation of pigs’ lungs. The CCB is also able to offer solutions for congress components that are way out of the ordinary.

The German Society organising the “Dreiländertagung” of Biomedical Engineering (BMT) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Basel and has put together a remarkable social programme with a historical emphasis.

Medtech & Pharma Basel, which is being held for the first time, is hopefully destined to become permanently established on the banks of the Rhine, given that it fits in so well with the life sciences centre. It is also a suitable context for the Basel Life Sciences Week. This event serves to strengthen Basel as the location of Europe's most important life sciences hub.

“It is a particular pleasure for me to assist organisers in further developing their events and then to watch the developments taking shape on the spot,” says the CCB’s project manager, Susanne Pfefferle, with reference to congresses that are held every year, such as the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM), the Antibody Congress, the Sachs Forum and others besides.