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Ultimate Guide to Attending ECCMID

Puritan at ECCMID

If you're immersed in the field of clinical microbiology or infectious diseases, this year’s ECCMID congress is undoubtedly marked on your calendar. At Puritan, we're eagerly anticipating this event and look forward to connecting with professionals across the globe when we touch down in Barcelona.

For those attending ECCMID for the first time, or for seasoned attendees seeking a refresher, you may wonder:

  • Who will be exhibiting?
  • How should I prepare?
  • Which abstracts will be presented?
  • Is it advisable to set up meetings in advance?
  • How can I tailor my ECCMID experience to meet my objectives?

Having participated in ECCMID for several years, our team is happy to share insights to help you navigate and make the most of the congress. Let's dive into the essentials.

Tell Me About ESCMID

Since its inception in 1983, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) has grown to become the preeminent organization in Europe for those working within the realms of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. Today, it boasts a vibrant community of over 8,500 individual members alongside more than 30,000 affiliated members spanning every European country and extending to every continent across the globe. With its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, ESCMID stands as a beacon of collaboration and innovation in the scientific community, openly inviting new members from across the world to join its ranks.

What is ECCMID?

ESCMID’s flagship event, the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), epitomizes the society’s commitment to advancing the field. As the leading international gathering for professionals specializing in microbiology and infectious diseases, ECCMID offers an unparalleled forum for exchanging knowledge, insights, and the latest research findings. Each year, the congress draws an estimated 15,000 attendees from around the world, representing a wide spectrum of expertise from industry peers. This makes ECCMID an indispensable event for specialists eager to stay at the forefront of their disciplines. The congress is uniquely structured to facilitate both in-person and virtual participation, ensuring that it remains accessible to a global audience and continues to foster international collaboration and learning in these critical fields of study.

Where and When is This Year’s ECCMID?

ECCMID 2024 will be held in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via from April 27-30, 2024. This location combines a state-of-the-art conference facility with the charm of one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

Why Barcelona is a Great City for a Conference

Barcelona, Spain's cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, is an exceptional destination for hosting conferences, offering a blend of historical charm, modern facilities, and vibrant culture. This city is renowned not just for its architectural marvels by Antoni Gaudí, such as the Sagrada Família and Park Güell, but also for its welcoming atmosphere and innovative spirit, making it an ideal backdrop for gatherings of minds from around the globe. Here are several compelling reasons why Barcelona stands out as a prime conference location:

  • World-Class Venues: Barcelona boasts some of the most state-of-the-art conference facilities in Europe, including the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, known for its cutting-edge amenities and spacious exhibition areas. These venues can accommodate events of any size, from intimate meetings to large international congresses.

  • Accessibility: With a major international airport, Barcelona is easily accessible from anywhere in the world, offering direct flights to and from major cities. The city’s efficient public transportation network makes getting around both convenient and affordable.

  • Rich Cultural Experience: Attending a conference in Barcelona offers delegates the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the city's rich cultural heritage. From its Gothic Quarter to its renowned museums and galleries, Barcelona provides a stimulating environment for inspiration and creativity.

  • Mediterranean Climate: The city's pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers, makes it an attractive year-round destination for conference-goers. Attendees can enjoy outdoor networking events and explore the city's beaches, parks, and outdoor cafes.

  • Culinary Delights: Barcelona is a food lover's paradise, offering a culinary scene that ranges from traditional Catalan dishes to innovative gastronomic experiences. Conference attendees can look forward to tasting tapas, seafood, and the region's renowned wines and cava.

  • Networking Opportunities: The cosmopolitan nature of Barcelona encourages a vibrant networking environment. The city’s plethora of bars, restaurants, and public spaces offer perfect settings for informal meetings and social gatherings, fostering professional connections and collaborations.

By combining excellent conference facilities with its rich culture, accessible location, and warm hospitality, Barcelona not only enhances the conference experience but also leaves lasting impressions on its visitors, making it an unbeatable choice for hosting international events.

Registering for ECCMID

For those looking to register for ECCMID, you can register individually or as a group. ECCMID offers various pricing tiers to accommodate everyone from students to premium members. Remember, rates increase after the standard registration deadline, so prompt registration is advised.

To register or learn more about rates, visit ECCMID’s registration page.

Who Will Be Speaking at ECCMID?

ECCMID 2024 promises an impressive lineup of speakers and sessions covering a wide range of topics within clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. The Puritan team looks forward to catching events related to viral and bacterial infections, as well as disease and diagnostic microbiology. Stay tuned to ECCMID's website and LinkedIn/Twitter for updates on speakers and the final agenda in the coming weeks.

6 Ways to Maximize Your ECCMID Experience

As you prepare to attend ECCMID 2024, planning ahead can significantly enhance your conference experience. This annual gathering is an incredible opportunity for learning, networking, and professional growth. To ensure you make the most of your time at ECCMID, consider these six essential tips for a rewarding and enriching visit.

  1. Book Your Accommodation ASAP: Barcelona's allure as a top travel destination means hotels fill up fast, especially during large events like ECCMID. Booking your accommodation as soon as possible ensures you'll have a comfortable place to stay that's conveniently located near the conference venue. This not only makes it easier to attend sessions but also allows you to enjoy Barcelona's famous hospitality and charm without the hassle of long commutes.

  2. Plan Your Agenda Ahead of Time: ECCMID's extensive program, featuring a multitude of sessions and tracks, can be overwhelming. To navigate this wealth of information effectively, it's advisable to review the schedule in advance and prioritize the sessions that align with your professional interests and goals. This strategic planning ensures you attend the most relevant presentations and make the best use of your time.

  3. Network Through Social Media: Leverage the power of social media by using the #ECCMID2024 hashtag to engage with other attendees before, during, and after the conference. This can be a great way to share insights, arrange meet-ups, and join conversations about the latest developments in the field. Following the hashtag can also keep you informed about any last-minute changes or exciting events happening around the conference. If you’re looking for other promotional details on the event, check out ECCMID’s toolkit

  4. Take Notes the Traditional Way: While digital devices are indispensable, there's something about taking notes by hand that enhances focus and memory retention. Carrying a notebook allows you to quickly jot down key takeaways, sketch ideas, or record questions during sessions without the distraction of technology. These notes can become a valuable reference and a personal reminder of the conference's highlights.

  5. Explore Exhibitors: The exhibition hall at ECCMID is a showcase of the latest advancements and innovations in microbiology and infectious diseases. Make sure to allocate time to visit exhibitors like Puritan at booth #E-61 to discover new products, technologies, and services that can benefit your work. Engaging with exhibitors is also a fantastic way to network with industry professionals and learn from their expertise.

  6. Take Advantage of Beautiful Barcelona’s Offerings: Beyond the conference, Barcelona offers an array of cultural, historical, and culinary experiences. Allow some time in your itinerary to explore the city's landmarks, enjoy its exquisite cuisine, and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere. This balance of professional development and personal exploration can make your ECCMID experience truly unforgettable.

By following these tips, you'll be well-prepared to navigate ECCMID 2024 successfully and enjoy all the professional and personal opportunities it presents. Barcelona awaits with open arms to offer a backdrop of innovation, learning, and unforgettable memories.

Visit the Puritan Team at ECCMID at Booth #E-61

The Puritan team is excited to meet partners, colleagues, and new faces in Barcelona. If you're planning to attend and wish to meet with us, please get in touch. Let's make ECCMID 2024 a memorable and enriching experience together! Join us at booth #E-61, where Puritan will showcase our latest offerings, including flock swabs, diverse media, overall diagnostics, and our customization capabilities. Don't miss our exciting animation on the customization journey!

ECCMID 2024 in Barcelona is not just a conference – it's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest developments in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases while enjoying the beauty and culture of Barcelona. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more details about ECCMID 2024 and to connect with us at the conference, please visit the congress website.

Contacting Puritan Ahead of ECCMID

For more information or to schedule a meeting at ECCMID 2024, please get in touch with our team. We're here to support your clinical microbiology and infectious diseases needs with our innovative products and solutions. See you in Spain!

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