EAU Anniversary congress in Barcelona: April 16 - 20, 2010
Saturday, 21 March 2009- The 25th Anniversary Congress of the European Association of Urology (EAU) in Barcelona next year may yet prove to be a special one not only for the EAU, but also for all participants and exhibitors. Unlike in previous years, the annual congress will open on a weekend, from April 16 to 20, with Friday as opening day and ending the following Tuesday.
The EAU also returns to Barcelona for this milestone congress, not only marking another high point in the organisation’s history but also revisiting a city that hosted one of the EAU’s landmark conferences in the 1990s.
The EAU held its first congress in September 1974 in Padua, Italy, with Georgio Ravasini as conference chairman. Thirteen years later, on August 20, 1993, Professor Frans M.J. Debruyne, Secretary-General from 1992 to 2004, organised a ‘brainstorm meeting’ that tackled the future of the EAU. The aim was to modernise and reinvigorate the EAU by emphasising its professional management and expanding its membership across all of Europe. The General Assembly also voted to hold the EAU congress annually, starting with Barcelona as host city in 1998.
Barcelona, thus, holds a special significance for the EAU with the hosting of the very first annual meeting. Next year, in the same congress venue where the EAU held its pivotal congress 12 years ago, the 25th Anniversary Annual Congress will feature a conference agenda that not only includes a high quality scientific programme the EAU is known for, but will highlight several social events that will celebrate the EAU’s achievements in the last two decades.
Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s cosmopolitan destinations, is the capital and most populous city of Catalonia and ranks as Spain’s second largest city with a population of nearly 1.7 million people in 2008, with the Metropolitan Area population estimated at around 3.2 million. Barcelona is also a major economic centre and one of the busiest hubs in Europe’s Mediterranean port network. The Barcelona International Airport is also the second largest in Spain after Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the Counts of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, it became one of the most important cities of the Crown of Aragon. Besieged several times during its long history, Barcelona is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination with a rich cultural heritage (FGR).