To the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) at the ICM: why Munich is the "perfect venue for international medical congresses".
The risk of suffering a stroke is rising. This makes progress in stroke research all the more important. To this end, the key events are major international congresses such as the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC), which took place in Munich from May 24-26, 2023. 4.200 outstanding scientists from all over the world, including Norway, Ireland and Italy, met at the International Congress Center Messe München (ICM) for an exchange of information on advances in research and clinical care of patients with cerebrovascular diseases. This high-end medical event was also staged in the center of Munich where eye-catching flagging was part of the support provided by Munich Convention Bureau.
"We were very pleased that the European Stroke Society chose Munich as its congress venue. This is not least due to the attractiveness of Munich and its international visibility as a science location,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Dichgans, Director of the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research at LMU Clinic Munich. “For Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich University Hospitals and the researchers here in Munich, this was certainly a great success.”
"Together with ICM, we have the chance to realize extremely diverse event formats – from plenary sessions with over 4,000 participants to intensive workshops for only 40 scientists,” Prof. Dichgans points out. “In addition, there are central and easily accessible exhibition and poster areas. This creates a compact congress format that enables intensive exchanges among the scientists attending.” Participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the benefits Munich has to offer at the ICM information booth.
According to Prof. Dichgans, the European Stroke Society Congress is now the leading international stroke congress. This made it all the more important that Congrex, a professional congress organizer (PCO), was able to select a "perfect venue for international medical congresses". As a Congrex spokesperson explained, "Thanks to ICM’s modern facilities and professional services and the wide choice of accommodation and restaurants in the immediate vicinity it meets all the needs of international congress participants and PCOs."
Prof. Dichgans also appreciated the complete package Munich offers for scientific congresses together with the professional event locations for large lectures and small workshops: "We try to create an event where scientists and congress visitors can exchange ideas over dinner and in other settings as well. Such informal meetings can lead to new scientific collaborations and clinical issues, which makes them an important element of congresses."
Congrex appreciated "the flexibility and solution-oriented cooperation with the ICM staff in organizing ESOC 2023. We recommend Munich and especially the ICM as a venue for international congresses. Munich guarantees an unforgettable congress experience thanks to its excellent connections and a perfect mix of history, culture, and modern infrastructure."
One congress focus that affects all events held nowadays is the topic of sustainability. Prof. Dichgans points out that a lot of thought had gone into this. For example, the Presidential Session featured a lecture by Christian Schulz on "Planetary Health - Adaptation, Mitigation and Resilience in Health Care Systems". In addition, he said, the focus of the congress included the use of public transport, elimination of disposable items, and provision of locally produced food.
Messe München’s CEO, Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, looks back on ESOC with a feeling of satisfaction: "The International Congress Center Messe München, ICM, once again scored well as an attractive location for events in the medical congress sector. Our customers appreciate the ideal conditions for major international congresses. Scientists from all over the world benefited from the smooth running and intensive exchanges in an appealing atmosphere."