The Joint Congress on Surgery, organised by AIM Group International, registers record figures in terms of scientific societies, attendees, training sessions, abstracts, video contributions and sponsors.
The “biggest Italian Surgical Congress of all time”, as described by the Congress Presidents, opened yesterday. The Joint Congress of the Scientific Societies of Surgery 2018, organised by AIM Group International, takes place in Rome from 14th to 18th October at La Nuvola Congress Center, with around 3,500 doctors attending from all over Italy.
After a first pilot edition in 2012, the first joint congress was organised with the support of AIM Group in 2016, and recorded positive results in term of attendance, so much so that it was decided to organise it every two years. But the 2018 edition has beaten all previous results.
First, all 30 Italian Surgical Societies signed up, so they did not hold their own annual congresses this year and instead chose to join this single event. This required the management of a large number of parties and the organisation of a complex system of training sessions, if we consider that around 1,000 abstracts were received. The four-day conference involves about 1,400 speakers in over 200 conference sessions and 450 training hours, and all 15 meeting rooms are occupied for the entire days in simultaneous sessions.
The congress format focuses on facilitating delegate interaction. It was decided, for example, to do away with the traditional posters and instead to offer 600 brief oral communications and 300 video forums, including the live broadcast of surgical operations.
The Technical-Pharmaceutical and Scientific Publishing Exhibition area covers a huge area of 5,000 square meters, involving 55 sponsors, up by around 20% from 2016.
About 750 guests attended the welcome cocktail, where several Public Authorities attended and the band of the National Italian Air Force gave a concert.
“We are glad to have contributed to staging an event with such a significant profile for the community of surgeons in Italy”, commented Rosangela Quieti, managing director Congress Division AIM Group. “Bringing together all of Italy’s surgery societies gives participants the opportunity to gain updates on a whole spectrum of topics of interest to them in a modern and innovative environment such as La Nuvola, which has proved its appeal from the welcome cocktail on”.