Frankfurt is enhancing its reputation as a healthcare knowledge hub, winning two new mega medical events.

The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) have opted to hold their annual congresses in the German city. EBMT is expecting 6,000 participants in March 2019 and EULAR will have 15,000 participants in June 2020.

Frankfurt puts its success down to the joint efforts of the city and the quality of its scientific representatives, as well as locational advantages, like reachability and conference infrastructure.

Frankfurt is often referred to as ‘Germany’s largest chemist’s shop’, ranking highly among the nation’s most significant medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnical locations.

The city has strengths in biotechnology, with Frankfurter Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie (FIZ) specialising in Precision Medicine; Höchst Industrial Park is home to a number of innovative chemical and pharmaceutical companies, while the three most important German chemical associations – DECHEMA, GDCh and VCI – also call the Main metropolis their home. The “House of Pharma” in Frankfurt provides the ideal framework for collaborations between the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Other knowledge centres, including: Frankfurt University Hospital; specialist research centres at Goethe University; and research institutions, such as cancer research consortium DKTK-site Frankfurt /Mainz, and Max Planck institutes for biophysics and brain research, round out a well-regarded medical knowledge centre.

Both congresses were won with the hard work and commitment of Prof. Peter Bader (Head of Stem Cell Transplantation and Immunology at the Clinic for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Frankfurt University Hospital), Prof. Thomas Klingebiel (Director of the Clinic for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Frankfurt University Hospital) and Prof. Ulf Müller-Ladner (Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH, Department of Rheumatology, Bad Nauheim) – who promoted Frankfurt as a centre for medical conferences.

Prof. Ulf Müller-Ladner said: “We are regularly involved in organising national and international medical conventions, sometimes with more than 15,000 participants. From this experience, I can safely say that Frankfurt is in the champions league of international congress destinations. The support provided by the well coordinated team of the City of Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt shows the professionalism of the partners.”

Thomas Feda, Managing Director of Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main, added: “We are proud that our efforts to position Frankfurt as a city with great charm, an excellent choice of hotels, tourism sights, shopping, art, culture, cuisine and an appealing cosmopolitan outlook have borne fruit. This has led to our city establishing itself in the eyes of the world as a medical conference venue as well.”


(via Frankfurt Tourismus, AMI, Messe Frankfurt)

Featured image: Messe Frankfurt, photographer: Pietro Sutera