It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 27th Regional Congress of ISBT to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 17 to 21 June 2017. Regarded by many as Northern Europe’s cosiest city, Copenhagen has a rich history dating back to 1043 and today is the perfect blend of old and new. With a population of approximately 1.2 million people the city is renowned for its high level of safety, eco-friendly buildings, excellent transport system and most importantly its warm and welcoming people. Copenhagen has attractions to suit every taste and interest. While the major must see attractions are the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, the statue of The Little Mermaid and the freetown of Christiania, the city has a lot more to offer and is full of historic landmarks and museums all within easy reach of the city centre and readily accessible via a wide range of public transport options.
The ISBT scientific secretary and local organising committee are working on putting together a state of the art and innovative educational and scientific programme showcasing the very best presentations and posters in Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapies. The ISBT Academy Day has been rated very highly by delegates at previous congresses and once again delegates can look forward to a series of lectures from experts in the field. Delegates can also can expect something different with regards to innovating with technology at this meeting.
Our industry partners play a pivotal role in the success of our congresses and we can look forward to seeing the latest technology and products at the Exhibition and symposia. The congress is not all about work and it provides an ideal opportunity for delegates and industry representatives to network and socialise with peers from around the globe while enjoying some of the finest cuisine, beers and Danish hospitality.
I would like to sincerely thank everyone that has been working very hard in the background to make this congress a success, with special thanks to the local organising committee, scientific secretary, staff at ISBT Central Office and our congress organising partners MCI-Amsterdam. I look forward to welcoming all of you in Copenhagen and when the time comes to depart I am sure we will all leave with a bit of Danish “hygge” and a longing to return to this beautiful country.