With the European Aids Conference, some 3000 guests are expected in Basel from 6 to 9 November 2019. This marks the continuation of a successful series which started in 2018 with the AMEE congress and continues next year with the DGHO conference. Major events are increasingly finding their way to this city on the Rhine. And it's no wonder, given that the Congress Center Basel with its 25 modern rooms and direct proximity to Messe Basel offers organisers virtually unlimited options.
The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) is a non-profit organisation for experts, and especially doctors and researchers, who are working with HIV and AIDS. The congress, which is held every two years, is the biggest of its kind in Europe and enables participants to learn about the latest findings together with current challenges and best practices.
Bidding to stage a congress of such dimensions is more of a marathon than a sprint, however. The first contact, initiated and subsequently fostered by local host Prof. Manuel Battegay, goes back to 2013. In the phase that followed, we were in constant contact with the organisers working with EACS President Dr. Jürgen Rockstroh until, in May 2017, it finally became clear that Basel had prevailed against the strong competition and had won the race. It is hardly surprising that organisations from the medical sector seem to feel at home at these latitudes.
“Our city boasts an impressive concentration of research groups and companies in the life sciences sector”, says Jonas Scharf, Managing Director of the Congress Center Basel. “From globally leading scientists and biotech entrepreneurs, through to patent specialists, more than 30,000 people work in the corresponding industries here – more than anywhere else in the world in such a small space.”
All other organisers too, however, will find perfect conditions in Basel, since very few venues in Europe have a congress centre that is directly linked to a 141,000-square metre exhibition site. This opens up new perspectives for congresses and conferences accompanied by specialist exhibitions or trade fairs. The facilities can additionally be further extended by eleven modular rooms, ensuring a high flexibility. And the best thing about it all: the complex is not located way out of town but right in the heart of a city. Bordering on France and Germany and home to the headquarters of many global players, Basel has a great deal of international flair. Yet that's not all by a long way. With its airport and three train stations, it also benefits from ideal public transport links and has hotels to suit all tastes. When can we welcome you in Basel?