The International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is organized by the Department of Intensive Care of Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, in association with the Belgian Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (SIZ).
The meeting is held every year in March, in Brussels. Started in 1980, this meeting has become established as one of the largest in its field, now attracting more than 5000 participants from countries world-wide.
Invited speakers are well-known experts in their field, and more than 200 take part each year.
Different session formats include 'state of the art' lectures, mini-symposia, workshops, round table discussions, 'meet the expert' sessions, pro/con debates, tutorials, and practical demonstrations, among others.
Original posters are presented, and annual 'Poster Awards' are offered. The poster abstracts are published in the journal "Critical Care" and displayed on the Internet at http://www.ccforum.com.
The 'Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine', published annually by Springer, includes chapters on the year's latest advances in the field of critical care, written by speakers at the symposium. Each participant receives a free copy of the book.
The accompanying scientific exhibition occupies some 4,000 m2 with 200 stalls. Companies from all over the world display the latest in medical and scientific equipment, pharmaceutical products, books, and services related to intensive care and emergency medicine.
At the next ISICEM we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary, which is going to be a great event. And for this occasion, we are moving back to the city center, just 200 meters from the Grand Place, in the newly renovated congress center, named “Square”!