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2021 fall congress season

Once again Vienna proves its location qualities as one of the world’s leading destinations for scientific meetings and congresses. The following weeks will bring four major scientific and medical events to Vienna – ISAPS, EFIB, EUROSPINE and UEG Week – which in many ways will signpost the way into the future.

ISAPS: aesthetic and plastic surgery at the Austria Center Vienna

The season gets underway with the International Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) World Congress, which will run between September 11 and 13. This meeting comes as a particular landmark since it represents the first time that members of the society, which is based in the US, have been able to meet in person since 2018. Around 500 delegates will participate in the congress, on-site at the Austria Center Vienna and by following developments online. In total, specialists from 81 countries will be taking part. The decision to host the event in Vienna was informed by a number of factors, including ease of access, the capital’s cultural offering and strong support for the event from aesthetic and plastic surgeons based in the city.

“Vienna is a vibrant cosmopolitan city and an internationally attractive meeting location. Austria and Germany have always offered plastic surgery at the highest level. More than 150 world-renowned experts will present their latest techniques including live surgeries at our congress. We are very pleased to welcome participants from 64 countries on site,” said Dirk F. Richter, ISAPS Honorary President and Chief Physician of Plastic Surgery at the Dreifaltigkeits-Krankenhaus Wesseling, Germany.

Interactivity will play a key role in this hybrid congress: all parts of the program will be broadcast live and made available on-demand, which also means greater flexibility for on-site participants. Patched in from outside, delegates participating virtually will also be able to actively engage in proceedings thanks to Q&A formats which have been specially designed to open up a truly global exchange. Upgraded in 2020, the technical infrastructure in place at the Austria Center Vienna provides the perfect foundation for hybrid events. Among the highlights of the three-day meeting are an SOS Symposium (live surgical training sessions, not conducted in this form anywhere else), a Residents’ Symposium geared towards surgeons who are still in training, and a Women’s Symposium that focuses specifically on career opportunities for female surgeons. The meeting will also unveil an initiative designed to enhance patient safety worldwide.

ISAPS, September 11-13, 2021, Austria Center Vienna

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UEG Week: gastroenterology at Messe Wien

From October 3-5, around 12,000 virtual participants are expected to take part in the United European Gastroenterology Week (UEG Week), which is one of the most important meetings worldwide in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. The virtual event – including the EUR 100,000 Research Prize award ceremony – will be broadcast live from the UEG TV studio which will be set up at Messe Wien. UEG Week will also feature a virtual congress platform with eight virtual lecture halls, a live demo, a myUEG community area and an industry hall. The 2022 edition of UEG Week is planned as a hybrid event at Messe Wien with around 13,000 participants.

“Thanks to its ideal infrastructure and international outlook, Vienna ticks all the right boxes as a congress location – and as the site of the UEG’s headquarters,” commented UEG President Axel Dignass.

UEG Week plays a pioneering role in innovation and top-level research by giving participants a platform for presenting and discussing the latest research projects and approaches relating to diseases of the digestive system. As every year, compelling advances in multidisciplinary treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal conditions will be given centre stage. The focus is on new treatment approaches and advances in diagnostics. The event covers a wide range of topics including IBD, oncology, endoscopy and hepatology, as well as pancreatology, immunology, microbiome research, gastroenterological paediatrics, surgery and pathology.

UEG Week, October 3-5, 2021, Messe Wien

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EFIB 2021: Europe’s Leading Event on industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy at the Austria Center Vienna

On October 6 and 7, 2021, the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB), a leading industry get-together, will be shining a light on sustainability in Vienna. The 14th iteration of the EFIB will bring 110 organizations and leading experts from the world of industry, policy, academia and research to the Austria Center Vienna, where they will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with pioneering technologies in this particular field. The bioeconomy is already playing a key role in creating a circular, sustainable society that uses the resources at its disposal as efficiently as possible. As such, it is of enormous importance from both an economic and social point of view.

“Vienna is an outstanding location and setting for the EFIB in many different ways. It is a trailblazer when it comes to smart urban solutions, and it leads the way in sustainable technologies and innovation projects,” said Agnes Borg, EuropaBio.

Sustainable Living and the City of the Future are among the main focus topics for EFIB 2021, both of which are areas that Vienna has been paying extremely close attention to for a very long time. The capital is home to around 500 life sciences companies, which makes it the ideal location for the development of the sector and partnering. An EFIB Vienna Statement, a vision document for Industrial Biotechnology, will be launched at EFIB 2021. An Executive Round table will finalize and present the Business vision for Europe from Industrial Biotechnology, setting goals for policy and regulation to ensure that we can deliver Green Deal ambitions. EFIB is organized by EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, based in Brussels.

EFIB, October 6-7, 2021, Austria Center Vienna

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EUROSPINE: spinal specialists at Messe Wien

In early October EUROSPINE 2021, the congress of the society of spinal experts, which is based in Switzerland, will play out in Vienna. Experts from 49 countries will participate in this hybrid event, which places a strong emphasis on facilitating in-person exchange between attendees at the Messe Wien. The decision to host the event in Vienna was taken in early 2021, with another destination originally earmarked as host. Planning security and flexibility ultimately saw Vienna win out, alongside various other factors such as the capital’s outstanding meeting infrastructure and long-standing connections to partners based in the city. Throughout, the organizers had confirmed that they were looking for an easy-to-reach destination in central Europe – such as Vienna. The capital last hosted EUROSPINE in 2010.

“The EUROSPINE Annual Congress in Vienna will be the scientific highlight of the year2021 for all spine professionals and experts in Europe and around the globe. We are certain that Vienna’s welcoming, multicultural ambience makes it the perfect location to reconnect with old friends and unlocking new synergies,” added Petra Krepler, Local Co-Host of EUROSPINE 2021 and head of the Spinal Center at the Orthopaedic Hospital Vienna-Speising.

Up to 2,000 experts will compare notes on diseases and contemporary treatment methods. The range of topics under discussion spans everything from treating spinal trauma and tumours to diagnostics and surgical techniques.

EUROSPINE Vienna, October 6-8, 2021, Messe Wien