The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) have opted to hold their congresses in Frankfurt, choosing the city over a number of high-profile European alternatives.
The annual convention of EBMT, which will be attended by an estimated 6,000 participants, is to be held at Messe Frankfurt’s locations between 24 and 27 March 2019. EULAR, one of the largest European medical conventions with 15,000 participants, will take place in Frankfurt from 3-6 June 2020.
This successful outcome can be attributed to the joint efforts of the city, the convention location and the quality of Frankfurt’s scientific representatives – as well as to the locational advantages, i.e. reachability, infrastructure and the quality and capacity of the venues.
Thomas Feda, Managing Director of Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main: “We are proud that our efforts to position Frankfurt as a city with great charm, an excellent choice of hotels, tourism sights, shopping, art, culture, cuisine and an appealing cosmopolitan outlook have borne fruit. This has led to our city establishing itself in the eyes of the world as a medical conference venue as well.”
The city has strengths in biotechnology, with Frankfurter Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie (FIZ) specialising in Precision Medicine. Höchst Industrial Park is home to a number of innovative chemical and pharmaceutical companies and the three most important German chemical associations – DECHEMA, GDCh and VCI – are based in Frankfurt. The “House of Pharma” in Frankfurt provides the ideal framework for collaborations between the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
The fact that both European congresses are to be held in Frankfurt is also thanks to the hard work and commitment of the city’s congress ambassadors – Prof. Peter Bader (Head of Stem Cell Transplantation and Immunology at the Clinic for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Frankfurt University Hospital), Prof. Thomas Klingebiel (Director of the Clinic for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Frankfurt University Hospital) and Prof. Ulf Müller-Ladner (Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH, Department of Rheumatology, Bad Nauheim) – who were tireless in their efforts to promote Frankfurt as a centre for medical conferences.
Ulf Müller-Ladner: “We are regularly involved in organising national and international medical conventions, sometimes with more than 15,000 participants. From this experience, I can safely say that Frankfurt is in the Champions League of international congress destinations. The support provided by the well coordinated team of the City of Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt shows the professionalism of the partners, as could be seen to great effect when the Rheumatology Congress was held in Frankfurt in 2016. As well as Frankfurt’s unrivalled location in the centre of Europe with its own major airport, its locational advantages include the motorway junction and Europe-wide Intercity Express hub.”
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