The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual congress is the largest cardiology meeting in the world and hosts over 30,000 cardiovascular medical professionals during the five day event. The ESC has now announced that future congresses will be held in Barcelona in 2017 and Munich in 2018.
Isabel Bardinet, ESC chief executive officer comments: “We are delighted to be returning to Barcelona and Munich, which have both been excellent venues in the past. ESC Congress 2014 was held in Barcelona and will be remembered as one of the best and most exciting in the history of the society. In 2012 we were in Munich and received very positive reviews from delegates about the location, venue and ease of access.” The announcement comes as the global cardiology community prepares for the ESC Congress 2015 in London.
Commenting on the announcement, Christoph Tessmar, director, Barcelona Convention Bureau says: “This confirms the excellent partnership between Barcelona and the ESC and allows us to continue with our privileged position in the congress world. It also represents an important economic impact for the city. The delegates will experience a very comfortable congress. The access to the convention centre will be much easier with the new metro coming in 2016.”
Rubén Dalmau, guest events director, Fira de Barcelona notes that “ESC delegates will benefit from the venue’s location, in a new business development area, very close to Barcelona airport and connected to the public transport network. The design of the venue, with its pavilions connected by a walkway that channels the flow of visitors, and its cutting-edge services and logistics, will provide to visitors and exhibitors the best trade fair experience possible.”
In Munich, Mayor Josef Schmid, Manager of the Department of Labour and Economic Development and Munich’s key person responsible for tourism, considers the city’s repeat victorious bid an outstanding success. “This city of knowledge where top achievements are accomplished in heart surgery presents the ideal framework for the ESC,” he says.
Professor Fausto Pinto, president of the ESC, concludes that the “ESC Congress is the world’s largest cardiology meeting and in 2014 again broke records in attendance and scientific submissions, with more than 30 300 delegates, nearly 11 500 abstract submissions and over 700 journalists. Each year cardiovascular disease causes over 4 million deaths in Europe and costs the EU economy €196bn. We look forward to welcoming the international cardiology community to Barcelona in 2017 and Munich in 2018 where we will continue our fight against cardiovascular disease by discussing the latest developments in cardiovascular sciences.”