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Growth in the number of medical meetings hosted in Hungary suggest Budapest’s pharma and life sciences sectors are in good health, writes Rochelle Long

Kata Hajdu-Varga, senior expert at the Hungarian Convention Bureau, says: “Currently we are working on a study, which industry sectors are the most important in the country, then we will able to focus on those territories more in terms of conferences as well.

“Hungary’s pharmaceutical industry with its century-long tradition is one of the most successful sectors of the economy. Medical and pharma conferences are favouring Budapest thanks to Hungary’s strong academic background.

“There are three medical universities; the Semmelweis in Budapest has a strong international network. Indeed, the medical sector is growing in its importance, so much so that we started a dedicated trade show this year for the industry, the HUNGAROMED Health and Medical Technology Exhibition, which was held in October.”

In June 2019 the Hungarian Society of Nephrology and venue HUNGEXPO will host ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association) Congress, a major four-day event expected to attract 9,000-10,000 international delegates.

Making connections

Budapest’s reputation as the city of bridges, a symbol of connections, played its part in the 14th Congress of the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (WFITN, 16-19 October 2017).

President of the congress, Prof. Dr. István Szikora of the National Institute of Neurosciences in Budapest, says: “The spirit of INR (Interventional neuroradiology) has always been based on a never-ending effort for learning, innovating and sharing. Located in the heart of Europe, Budapest connects the East and the West, the Past and the Present. In 2017, the congress launched with an ambition of connecting neurointerventionalists and building bridges between neuroscientific specialities, as well as scientists and medical practitioners.”

Andrea Székely, Head of congress organiser Weco-Travel’s congress department, says beyond the strength of its local scientific lobby, Budapest also offered a congress venue of practicality and prestige for the 1,551 delegates in the historic Pesti Vigadó Concert Hall. The city is also accessible and affordable, offering history, culture, health spas, gastronomy and nightlife. “It is a very international city with a vibrant, cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere.”

CASE STUDY

Event: 15th Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health

Date: 9-12 May 2018

Organiser: Orga-Med Congress Office

Attendees: 1,500 researchers, clinicians and other professionals from 83 countries

Venue: HUNGEXPO

ESC’s Congress was hosted in Budapest for the first time in 2018, themed ‘Family planning and contraception from adolescence to the menopause’. Held in HUNGEXPO’s Hall G, with one plenary room for 1,300 pax and three breakout rooms, in all the event comprised 80 speakers and 193 presentations over two-and-a-half days, with an exhibition of 10 sponsors.

The Congress dinner took place in the Ballroom of the Budapest Marriott, with a beautiful view of the Danube River. The guests enjoyed a wonderful evening with excellent Hungarian food and the swinging music of the Medicolor Band.

Congress president Prof. Dr. György Bártfai, University of Szeged Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, says: “It is the ESC’s aim to provide a platform for introducing and exchanging the latest scientific and sociological knowledge in the field of reproductive health. This attractive and vibrant city has all the ingredients to make the Congress a joyful and memorable event.”