This year EUR12.000 has been donated to the congress charity.
Since 2007, I&MI Media has been a loyal supporter of the congress charity. In 2007, 2008 and 2010 through sponsoring the I&MI Media Charity Golf Glassic and in 2009 through through a charity city walking tour. For the history of these events, please visit http://miceplaces.com/charity/.
This year, they are enabling another big donation to charity by supporting the new mobility concept. As usual, you will be transferred from and to the airport if you arrive and depart during the usual dates. But once you are in the city, your ICCA badge will give you free rides on all public means of transport. This means that the usual shuttle buses will only be seen on a few selected occasions like some of the social evening functions. For all other activities, like getting from your hotel to the venue, or exploring the city, you can use public means of transport for free. This gives you more individual freedom. But even more importantly, this is a step towards reducing emissions and more sustainability. So this year, I&MI Media is supporting not only a charity but also sustainability!
This year's charity is the Children's Hospital in Leipzig. Please find below a message from Prof. Dr. Kiess, Director, Hospital for Children and Adolescents
In november 2009, the 48th ICCA Congress and Exhibition was held in Florence, Italy. It was a great honour for me to have been invited to participate in a lifely and very stimulating round table discussion on the future of medical congresses and conventions. Modern electronic telecommunication systems, and new media applications, have emerged and facilitate data exchange and scientific discussions in all fields of medicine. Communication has become more rapid, global and almost omnipresent. However, it was the view of all participants, that medical conferences would still be needed and will be highly appreciated and frequented by the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry alike. Legal regulations and public views will have an impact on the organisation of medical conferences and the financial success of them. While the ICCA Congress , the first ever, that I had attended, was stimulating, new and exciting, it was my visit to Meyer Children´s Hospital in Florence that finally exceeded all my expectations that I had had before travelling to the conference: the ICCA charity project 2009 supported work at the Children´s Hospital of the University of Florence, the Meyer Children´s Hospital. It was through ICCA that I was able to visit the hospital, nicely located in Florence in a typical Toscany landscape with flowing hills and amids a lush vegetation of rhododendron bushes, olive trees and grape plants. The CEO of the hospital as well as the medical staff lead by their director, Prof. Seminara, gave me a very cordial and amicable welcome and an extremely informative guided tour through the hospital. Their impressive units for example in the bone marrow transplant area and also in the general paediatric outpatient setting are leading facilities in Italy and Europe. In this year, 2011, ICCA has decided to devote their charity project yet again to the work of a Children´s hospital: this year, their donations shall support work at our Hospital for Children and Adolescents of the University of Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany, the host city of this year´s ICAA conference. The hospital is now one of the leading paediatric facilities and one of the largest University Children´s hospitals in Germany with more than 8000 in-patients treatments and more than 50,000 out-patients visits per year. Work is made possible through the support of clinical services by the German health insurance system, as well as through research support from the European Union, the Germen Research Council, the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and the State of Saxony. However, much help is needed in the area of psychosocial services, support of patient and family support facilities and also in the area of research in metabolic and endocrine sciences. I truely hope that ICAA will continue their charity projects in their host cities in the future especially for sick children and paediatric care. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for ICAA´s help and support of our hospital !
Prof. Dr. Wieland Kiess, MD
Head, Dept. Women & Child Health, University Hospitals Leipzig Director, Hospital for Children and Adolescents Professor and Chair, Dept. Paediatrics University of Leipzig