as you may already know the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress will take place in Amsterdam, 24-28 September 2011. You have not decided yet whether you’ll be there or not?
So we have outlined 7 reasons why one would take part in the event this year.
1. Scientific and Educational Programmes
Tight schedule of programmes may attract your attention due to a high variety of postgraduate courses on different respiratory themes: Interventional Pulmonology, Update of phenotypes of asthma and COPD, ERS/ACCP jointly organised: evidence-based approach to advanced respiratory care, Treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea, etc. Informative lectures and interactive lectures may be very useful for your research, while participating in workshops would allow you to follow the discussion and share your opinion, which is not the least important argument. „Meet the Professor” seminars are elaborated for those interested in the exchange of ideas with leading experts in the respiratory field.
2. Personal Presentation
That would be too simple to attend the Congress and not to express yourself. That is why the next reason is sharing your work, be it a poster, or e-presentation. Probably not everyday we have an opportunity to show the results of our work and to get a feedback at the international conference of the same level.
3. Meet colleagues and friends
Being a part of community united for several days by a common aim – speak about respiratory diseases is also a great chance to meet colleagues and friends. Every year thousands of people attend the congress, and for sure one can get acquainted with interesting people or merely see old friends.
4. Press conferences
Press conferences is another point that may draw your attention if you are a mass media representative. Attending the conferences, gathering information, listening leaders of opinion in respiratory care and asking questions may be very useful for those who want to promote lung health worldwide.
5. HERMES examination
You can take HERMES examination in adult or paediatric respiratory medicine which was created for trainees and specialists interested in knowledge assessment according to European standards. Successful completion of the examination leads to European Diploma in Respiratory Medicine and permits be part of the HERMES Diplomates Club.
There is an activity one would like to accomplish between attending the courses and presenting the posters. Namely visiting the exhibition of world-known pharmaceutical and engineering companies, medical bookshops and technological corporations that generously offer information, materials, equipment and create a special atmosphere of international collaboration.
And finally who would stay at ERS Congress round the clock? Certainly you would like to see the Amsterdam in all its’ autumn beauty. Therefore there would defenitely be time for city tours, excursions through historic centre with all its sights and relaxing while a canal cruise.
Pictures made by Liudmila Corlateanu.
Hopefully now you have made up your mind.See you in Amsterdam! J
Press-representative for Eastern European Countries
at ERS 2010 Barcelona