Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues and Friends

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is our pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the 22nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and we are proud to host our annual congress in the 2012 Olympic City.

The Programme Committee has created a comprehensive series of keynote lectures, symposia, educational workshops and meet-the-expert sessions, covering the entire field of infection-related diseases. Applied research and knowledge from clinical and laboratory practice are presented, many of them in an interactive way, allowing an active exchange of experiences from various sub-specialties from all over the world. Not only do you benefit from scientific exchanges during the formal activities, but also networking with colleagues with a mixture of backgrounds encourages new research ideas and innovative ways of organising laboratory and clinical processes.

To host our annual congress in London during the Olympic year provides a unique opportunity in many ways. We have already mentioned the scientific programme, but the location of the 22nd ECCMID is equally important. The already exceptional setting of this city is even more vibrant in the pre-Olympic phase. Its diversity in arts, culture and gastronomy may be enjoyed by guests of all ages and interests. Situated in the imaginatively refurbished Docklands, the ExCeL exhibition and convention centre has easy access and proximity to London City Airport. The classic sightseeing spots and the inner city can easily be reached by using London’s efficient public transport.

We wish you a fruitful meeting and a pleasant stay in London.

Prof. Jonathan Cohen
22nd ECCMID President

Prof. Giuseppe Cornaglia
ESCMID President

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