2016 is going to make it to the history books as the busiest congress year Copenhagen has ever seen. The city hosts 20,000 scientists, doctors and specialists from more than 130 countries for the European Society for Medical Oncology congress ESMO. ESMO 2016 is the largest congress of its kind ever hosted on Danish soil.
Copenhagen is a knowledge hub, and the region’s position within life science is one of the reasons to why the city has been chosen as the back-drop for this year’s ESMO congress. Within the field of cancer treatment, Denmark is especially excelling on the patient care area, which ties directly into ESMO 2016’s motto: “From disease treatment to patient care.”
At the pre event on the theme ‘The Danish Model for Cancer Research and Treatment’ yesterday, the ESMO president Fortunato Ciardiello, said:
“The Danish cancer plan is a model that can be used in other European countries because what you have done here - to bring together all actors who can make decisions and experts and create a model of comprehensive cancer care - is maybe the key to use our research the best. In fact, the motto of this year’s congress is “From disease treatment – which is something that is in personal – to patient care”. So what we really want to do is to translate what we have in terms of knowledge in real action to be learned. […] I’m learning here from a small but very civilized country something that I will bring home.”
Copenhagen has been in the top 20 on both ICCA's and UIA's list of the world's most popular convention cities for decades. In recent years, Copenhagen’s range of hotels and meetings venues has grown exponentially. Today the greater Copenhagen region offers more than 22,000 hotel rooms. When accommodating congresses like ESMO the fixed link to the neighboring country Sweden comes in hand, offering an additional 10,000 hotel rooms within a radius of no more than 1.5 hour drive from Copenhagen City Hall.
ESMO 2016 takes place from October 7-11, in Bella Center, the largest convention center in Scandinavia.