It’s all about medical science in Ljubljana


In the first week of September, Ljubljana and its two congress centres were crowded with roughly 2,100 medical scientists and other experts, attending two different European events. One covers regional anaesthesia and pain therapy, and the other focuses on dementia. The knowledge being transferred and upgraded in these respective fields is just immense.

Both events commenced on Tuesday and we are proud that two Slovenian ladies, Vesna Novak-Janković, President of the Slovenian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, and Štefanija Lukič Zlobec, chairperson of Spominčica, Alzheimer Slovenia, gave lovely and heartfelt welcome speeches for the international audience.

ESRA is the largest congress in Ljubljana and Slovenia this year and thus GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre hosted around 1,500 delegates. Anaesthesiologists, physicians and scientists who are engaged in the techniques of regional anaesthesia for surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics and pain control are exchanging their knowledge and contributing to the scientific progress of the area.

Shoshana Hofmann explained Kenes’ decision why they again chose GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre: “The Kenes team is very pleased as well as excited to be returning to the beautiful and inviting city of Ljubljana. As professional conference organizers, we value the relationship with our trusted local partner, the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, who will work closely with Kenes to ensure that all of our delegates needs are met. With the GR team by our side, we are guaranteed a high level of service and support that will make the event a great success. The GR provides us with unmatched value for conference services.”

The 25th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe is being held at the CD Congress Centre Ljubljana and has attracted around 550 delegates. What is special and honourable about this event is that health professionals, academics, researchers and policy makers are brought together with people with dementia and their carers. Thus, the real life situations are being introduced and merged with the scientific advancements and researches.

Doing it in a sustainable way
Aligned with the saying “Healthy mind in a Healthy Body” ESRA delegates took part in an early morning fun run in our central Tivoli Park. On the other hand, some patients with dementia were treated with a ride around the Old Town quarter with the Kavalir electric vehicles. This is just a part of the sustainability practices in our city, which has been awarded the prestigious title of European Green Capital in 2016.

Taste the culture
Among the social events, two of the function venues in high demand were used, respectively. ESRA took their gala dinner to one of the city landmarks – Ljubljana Castle, while Alzheimer Europe held its gala event in the historic Grand Union Hall at the Grand Hotel Union.

Last, but not Least…
Ljubljana Convention Bureau has offered a continuous support to the organisers from the preparation stages until the end of the events.

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