07 July 2017

ESMO joins the portfolio of major medical events held at the institution's venues

Fira de Barcelona to host the ESMO Congress, the largest European medical forum on cancer, in 2019

Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via exhibition centre will be the base for the European Oncology Congress, the biggest of its kind in the world, which attracts around 22,000 international specialists. Organised by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in collaboration with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), the congress takes place between 27 September and 1 October 2019. The announcement of its taking place at Fira de Barcelona comes in a year of important meetings in field of medicine and health, such as the European Society of Cardiology Congress and the Gastroenterology Week, both scheduled for this autumn.
The ESMO 2019 congress, the main meeting point for doctors, healthcare professionals, researchers and companies in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors will reveal the latest advances in oncology for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with cancer.
More than 300 international experts, headed up by professors Jean-Yves Blay (ESMO) and Anton Berns (EACR) will be developing a top-level congress programme that features conferences, workshops, presentations and talks. At the next edition of the event, ESMO expects to welcome more than 22,000 specialists in the field of oncology from all over the world. 
According to the future president of ESMO, who is also the head of the Oncology Department at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital and director of the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Josep Tabernero, 'Barcelona, as a founding city for cancer research, was chosen to host the congress due to the undeniable quality of the Spanish research system and its international cooperation on the subject of oncology'. He also highlighted the importance of this event on a global level, as it is where all the latest medical advances and new treatments for combating cancer are presented. 
Meanwhile, the general manager of Fira de Barcelona, Constantí Serrallonga, confirmed that 'we are extremely happy to be able to host a congress of this size and scientific importance, a fact that even further reinforces the institution's strategy to attract major international events and position itself as one of the world's leading organisers of medical events as well as technological ones.' 
Centre of attraction for medical congresses
ESMO 2019 joins other top-level medical congresses held at Fira de Barcelona. Indeed, this year is one that features some major health-related meetings, such as the European Cardiology Society Congress, a global benchmark in this specialist area, which is being held for the fifth time at the Gran Via venue this August and brings together more than 30,000 specialists from 150 countries; the last event took place in 2014. Other medical congresses are also taking place this coming autumn, including those organised by the European societies of Gastroenterology, Burns and Magnetic Resonance. 
Barcelona, 7 July 2017
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