Editorial July 2012
Our conference in Berlin is approaching fast and we have reached a record high of more than 400 submitted abstracts across 44 countries. So the next step is to set a record for conference attendees! And we have a special reason to aim for records this year, because G-I-N is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
So if you have not registered already: please join our celebrations in Berlin from 22-25 August. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Global Evidence – International Diversity’, which reflects our mission to lead, strengthen and support collaboration in the international guideline community. The scientific committee, chaired by Ina Kopp, has prepared an exciting program and the conference program includes five plenary sessions and up to 19 interactive workshops and panel sessions, 80 oral presentations and 200 posters.
The conference is hosted by the German Agency for Quality in Medicine (ÄZQ), in cooperation with the German Association of the Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF), under leadership of Günter Ollenschläger. I am very proud that Günter is our host, because he represents the founding of G-I-N ten years ago and provides the G-I-N secretariat. So Berlin is in several ways a form of homecoming for G-I-N, apart from the wonderful city itself with a vast history and diverse cultural landscape.
In addition to an inspiring program, we have planned multiple festivities in celebrating our birthday. The party starts with the welcome reception on Wednesday August 22nd at the Berliner Congress Center. And we will continue our festivities with the conference dinner on Friday August 24th in the unique surroundings of the Wasserwerk, which is located in the historic industrial halls of the old pumping station at Hohenzollerndamm. And to remind those who have not registered yet: these activities are included in the conference fee for G-I-N members.
I am sure that Berlin 2012 will be an unforgettable experience and I hope to meet you there!
Philip van der Wees
Chair of G-I-N