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Hamburg uses its brains to win neurosurgery congress

Hamburg’s systematic approach to building on its strengths has resulted in winning a major medical congress for the city.

In 2021, around 2,000 neurosurgery specialists will visit the German city as the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) annual congress takes place at the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg.

Nele Aumann, head of the Conventions unit at the Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB), says: “We are systematically building on Hamburg’s cluster industries. This is where the city’s strengths are to be found, and these strengths are also highlighted in the context of bidding procedures.

“With the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), we can rely on a strong, committed player with whom we can collaborate closely and who is able to provide relevant expertise in the subject domain. In addition to our city’s favourable infrastructural features and the long track record of the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg in the field of medicine, we can offer a powerful package that has put us in an excellent position, especially in the area of medicine and science.”

Hamburg is building on its strengths and marketing itself as a knowledge hub for life sciences and health economics. Its Life Science Nord cluster focuses on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical technology across a network of companies, research institutes, universities, and university hospitals, of which UKE is a major component.

Prof. Dr Manfred Westphal, EANS Member and EANS2021 Congress President, from the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) adds: “For the UKE, this congress is an opportunity to demonstrate the strong and extensive expertise we have here at the UKE. Our close collaboration with the Hamburg Convention Bureau has now contributed to the fact that this top-class congress is coming to Hamburg.”

Bernd Aufderheide, chair of the management board of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, which is the company operating the CCH, adds: “In the competition for major international conferences, it is increasingly a location’s mix of available offerings that makes the difference. With the highly attractive new CCH – Congress Center Hamburg and its long tradition and vast experience, Hamburg will play an even more important role in the field of medical congresses in the future.”