29th Regional Congress of the ISBT

In conjunction with Swiss Transfusion SRC and the Swiss Association for Transfusion Medicine

Basel, Switzerland, June 22 - 26, 2019

Welcome to ISBT Basel 2019

In the beautiful city of Basel the 29th regional congress of ISBT will take place from June 22-26, 2019. This website contains all the information you need including registration, abstract submission, the scientific- and social programme. 

ISBT Basel 2019 promises an inspiring and educational congress experience that will surely improve your stay in Basel. Feel free to look around this website, discover what will be going on during the congress, and of course do not forget to register!

ISBT is looking forward to welcoming you in Basel.

Register for Basel

Register for ISBT Basel, but before you do, you might want to consider becoming a member of ISBT. All members receive a significant discount on their congress registration fee, and year-long free access to ISBT Education, Webinars, Vox Sanguinis, and much more!

Key dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 6, 2019 at 23.59 CET

• Deadline Early Registration Fee: May 9, 2019

• Deadline Late Registration Fee: June 13, 2019

Onsite fee applies after June 14, 2019

Welcome Messages

Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of Swiss Transfusion SRC and the Swiss Association for Transfusion Medicine SVTM, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the 29th Regional Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion in Basel, Switzerland from June 22 - 26, 2019.

The ISBT Scientific Secretary in close collaboration with the Local Organizing Committee, will provide a broad range of topics in the scientific programme, thus offering you the opportunity to expand and update your knowledge in a number of basic, as well as currently prevailing items of education, research and globalization influence in modern transfusion medicine. Among the planned session, topics are:

• Donors and donation & demographic challenges

• Bridging the gap & migration

• Future therapies & therapeutic apheresis.

At the same time, we want this congress to be an exciting event enabling colleagues and specialists to meet, to discuss about all the various aspects of our field of profession, to enlarge their professional network and to discover new technologies, knowledge and findings in transfusion medicine.

Last but not least we want to offer you all a good time in Basel, right on the trinational border of Switzerland, Germany, and France and easily accessible via Basel Euro-Airport.The congress venue is the Basel Congress Center; it is located right in the center of this appealing international Swiss city, where you can enjoy the early summer on the river shore of the Rhine and benefit from its Mediterranean climate, a refreshing swim included.

Looking forward to meeting you there in June 2019.

Rudolf Schwabe and Behrouz Mansouri Taleghani
Congress Co-Presidents                                               

Dear ISBT friends and colleagues,

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I would like to welcome you to the 29th European Regional Congress of ISBT, to be held in Basel, Switzerland on 22-26 June 2019. On behalf of the ISBT Board of Directors and our Central Office, I encourage all of you to join us for an exciting conference in the heart of Europe.

This time, the Swiss Transfusion SRC and the Swiss Association for Transfusion Medicine will be our hosts. Together with John Semple, our ISBT Scientific Secretary, the Local Organising Committee has worked hard to come up with a program bursting with new and hot topics, designed to keep us updated on the fast progress and developments relevant to our field. I would particularly like to thank Rudolf Schwabe, the Chair of the Local Organising Committee and Congress President, and Behrouz Mansouri Taleghani, the Chair of the Local Scientific Committee, for their efforts towards making this a congress to remember.

The congress opens with the hugely popular Academy Day, for which our Vice Presidents are responsible for putting together. This is the day when we can all learn something about the facets of blood transfusion that we know less well. Otherwise, the focus will be on invited state-of-the-art lectures delivered as plenary or parallel sessions, covering the latest science that forms our field. On top of that, your abstract submissions selected for oral or poster presentations will really make the congress sizzle with the latest discoveries and findings.

As you can imagine, we have also prepared a social program of the kind that you have come to expect from ISBT. This is because we truly believe in the concept of exchange over all kinds of borders. Our congresses aim to facilitate the possibility to meet, discuss and form new teams to answer the next question in your field. By connecting clinicians, scientists, transfusion practitioners, donor experts and many other categories of delegates, our congresses form the obvious go-to arena for transfusion medicine. We are particularly pleased to invite new blood to our community and have enhanced our offer to the young professionals among us: Lower member fees, the Harold Gunson fellowships, our Young Investigator breakfast and a dedicated session for the highest-scoring abstracts from young professionals, etc.

Surrounded by mountains and rivers, Basel is a charming city with a rich history and beautiful scenery. Its strategic location in northern Switzerland, virtually on the border to both France and Germany, makes it an easy-to-reach destination for visitors. Known as Bâle in French and Basilea in Italian, its international appeal and global attraction is obvious for congress organisers and tourists alike. With a university that dates back to 1460, the city has become an important business hub and centre for chemical and pharmaceutical innovation. I urge you to add some time before or after the Congress to explore the city and its lovely surroundings. Why not take a trip along the river Rhine or take a hike in the Swiss Alps?

In closing, I look forward to meeting you in Basel for a great Congress.

Martin L Olsson
ISBT President



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