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‘Vintage’ year for cardiology congress as Paris venue shines

The recently built Paris Convention Centre helped make this year’s edition of the European Society of Cardiology Congress ‘an exceptional vintage’, according to one of the organisers.

The event, which attracted 33,000 delegates, had Professor Marco Roffi, chairman of the ESC Congress Programme Committee, reaching for Champagne-based metaphors.

The venue, which is part of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles complex and boasts ‘breathtaking’ views of the Eiffel Tower, has hosted 12 major events since it opened two years ago.

“Following an extensive renovation project of the entire exhibition complex, this exciting new venue provided an exceptional experience for our conference attendees,” said Nata Nambatingué, the associate director of event operations at the ESC. “Among its many advantages, the centre features natural lighting throughout, outdoor green spaces and rest areas, fully equipped and soundproofed conference rooms, and high-density Wi-Fi. In short, this conference centre has it all.”

The congress, which was held in Septembers, also saw the launch of the ESC’s first Heart Healthy Cities Round Table, in partnership with the French Society of Cardiology and the City of Paris.

ESC Advocacy is involving cities to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) in urban areas, while raising heart health on the political agenda. The Heart Healthy Cities initiative will become an annual  event during ESC congresses.

This year’s congress also featured the ESC’s first patient forum, and a joint public-awareness campaign. A playful and informative Heart Village provided an opportunity for audiences of every kind to learn how to care for their heart while having fun.

Pablo Nakhlé-Cerrutti, Viparis CEO, said:  “We are very proud to have hosted ESC Congress. This represents a real vote of confidence for Paris Convention Centre as the home of world leading events. Our Guest Attitude policy focuses on improving the welcome we provide; we are constantly perfecting the support we offer every organiser seeking a successful event in Paris.”